Elisa Hoven is an assistant professor for criminal law and criminal procedure law at the University of Co-logne. She holds a PhD in international criminal law from the Free University of Berlin where she worked on „The Rule of Law in International Criminal Proceedings“. She studied law at the Free University of Berlin, Radboud Universitaet Nijmegen (Netherlands) and the University of Cambridge (UK). She worked for the Civil Parties at the ECCC and for Judge Kaul at the ICC. She was a Visiting Scholar at the War Crimes Studies Center at the University of California, Berkeley, a Visiting Fellow at the International Research and Documentation Centre War Crimes Trials at the University of Marburg and conducted research on victims in international criminal proceedings at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University.