Prof. Nadja Capus

Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Centre for Criminological Research

Tel. +41 32 718 1305
Building A.-L. Breguet 1, office 122

Nadja Maria Giuliana Capus read Law at the University of Bern, spending a semester at the University of Sheffield (UK). She then worked as a doctoral assistant in Criminal Law and Criminology under Prof. Karl-Ludwig Kunz at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern (1998-2001), also spending a six-month research period in Vancouver, at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University (grant-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation).

After her return to Switzerland and the publication of her doctoral thesis, Nadja Capus worked as an academic researcher, undertaking research as part of the British-Swiss project entitled “Lessons from Comparative Public Policy: l’évolution des normes harmonisées à l’échelle internationale et l’implication dans la pratique”, led by Prof. Michael Levi (Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University) and Prof. Mark Pieth (Faculty of Law, University of Basel). At the same time, she reported on Swiss criminal law in her capacity as a member of the European Criminal Research Association at the Grotius II Penal Programme for the harmonisation of criminal sanctions in Europe (2001-2002), directed by Prof. M. Delmas-Marty, Prof. G. Giudicelli-Delage and Dr. E. Lambert-Abdelgawad (Mixed Research Unit for Comparative Law, University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2001-2003).

Following a short period as a senior research assistant, affiliated to the Institute of Criminal Law at the University of Basel, Nadja Capus continued her research abroad thanks to an SNSF post-doctoral grant and a Marie Curie grant from the European Union: she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg im Breisgau (2004-2005 and 2007-2009), and at the Collège de France in Paris, in the field of comparative legal studies and the internationalisation of law, under Prof. Mireille Delmas-Marty (2005-2006).

From 2005 to 2008, Nadja Capus was a member of the European research group “Harmonising Criminal Law”, led by Prof. Mireille Delmas-Marty (Collège de France), Prof. Ulrich Sieber (Max Planck Institute), Prof. Luis Zapatero (University of Castilla-La Mancha) and Prof. Mark Pieth (University of Basel). Between 2002 and 2015, she was also a committee member of the Swiss Group of Criminology.

After her research periods abroad and the publication of her habilitation degree, Nadja Capus received a SNSF professorship grant, which she used to lead an interdisciplinary team working on a project entitled “Evolving criminal procedure: Indirect handling of evidence and transcripts”. This latter examined the transformation of criminal procedure following Switzerland’s harmonisation of criminal procedure law in 2011. Prof. Nadja Capus has also been a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Basel since 2008, and the University of Lucerne since 2013.

As of August 2016, Nadja Capus is a Professor of Criminal Procedure Law and Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Neuchâtel.

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