Stephanie Classmann

Stephanie Classmann

PhD student

Department of Law

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English, French, German
Key Expertise
Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Legal and Political Theory

About me

Thesis title

'Criminal Law as Modus Vivendi: A Realist Rebuttal to 'Liberal' Theories of Criminalization'


Professor Nicola Lacey and Professor Peter Ramsay

Research interests

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Legal and Political Theory


Stephanie is a doctoral student in the LSE Law Department. Prior to joining the School, she was a Sessional Lecturer (Criminal law, Legal Research) and Research Assistant at the University of Sydney Law School (Australia), where she had previously completed her LLM. She also worked as a case analyst for ‘Not Guilty’ – the Sydney Exoneration Project, a volunteer organisation affiliated with the Sydney School of Psychology that provides pro bono legal advice and investigative services to prisoners seeking to prove their innocence after having exhausted all avenues of appeal.

Stephanie’s LLM at Sydney Law School was funded by a Ross Waite Parsons Postgraduate Coursework Law Scholarship, and she graduated with High Distinction (86.1, first in class) receiving the Nancy Gordon Smith Postgraduate Prize in May 2017. She further holds a Magister iuris degree from the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany), and passed the Legal State Examinations (12.93, top 5%) before the Higher Court Düsseldorf in May 2015. She was supported by a national scholarship throughout her studies, and received the Wessing Prize for the best dissertation in Criminal Procedure and Evidence, her chosen field of specialisation. Stephanie also completed the Law School’s flagship additional study programme in Anglo-American Law, graduating with summa cum laude.

During her time at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Stephanie was employed as a Research and Teaching Assistant at Prof. Dr. Karsten Altenhain’s Chair of Criminal Law, White-Collar Crime and Media Law. She contributed to a variety of projects and publications, and taught several semester-length and intensive tutorials in Criminal Law, both in Düsseldorf and at the University of Paris Cergy-Pontoise (France). Her academic pursuits were complemented by her engagement at the Student Legal Advice Centre; her work as Editorial Assistant for the quarterly journal of the German White-Collar Crime Association (WisteV); and – upon graduation – her employment at Clifford Chance Germany LLP (White Collar/Labour Law).

Selected Publications

Classmann, Stephanie, 'Fallacies, False Promises, and Liberal Theories of Criminalisation' (in progress)

Hey, Thomas and Classmann, Stephanie, 'Participation Rights of the Works Council in Companies without an Economic Committee in the Event of a Company Takeover with the Acquisition of a Controlling Interest' (trans.), (2015) Betriebs-Berater (leading German law journal for commercial law and tax) 3061