Institut für Kriminologie

Mrs. Leire Berasaluze Gerrikagoitia

Mrs. Leire Berasaluze Gerrikagoitia was born in 1992 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country (Spain). She studied Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of the Basque Country from 2010 to 2014. In 2014 she began her master's degree in Fundamental Rights and Public Powers at the University of the Basque Country. She began her doctorate in January 2016 thanks to a grant from the Basque Government, defending her doctoral thesis in 2020 where she analyzed the "Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labor exploitation and protection of victims", carrying out a legal-criminal and victimological analysis of the subject. Her other areas of focus are criminology, criminal policy and intrajudicial criminal mediation, since she also completed a master's degree in this subject (2014-2015). In 2019 she began as a substitute professor at the University of the Basque Country teaching Criminal Law, Victimology and Politics. From February 2022 to February 2024, she carries out a research stay at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Tübingen with a grant that she received from the Basque Government. In this stay, her postdoctoral objectives are to carry out comparative law work between Germany and Spain on the protection of victims of human trafficking, as well as to analyze the crime of human trafficking in German criminal law. Likewise, she is involved in a project on femicide in Brazil, so it would be of great interest for said project to find out about this crime in Germany and work on it.