Lena Gmelin

Doctoral researcher


  • 2014 Abitur
  • April 2015 to March 2021 study of law at the University of Constance
  • April 2018 to May 2021 employed at the law firm Zahner & Kollegen (Konstanz)
  • Since April 2021 doctoral researcher at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Criminal Law, Medical Criminal Law and Legal Theory held by Prof. Dr. Liane Wörner, LL.M. (UW-Madison)


  • Commentary on §§ 48-51, 67, 67a, 70-70c, 80, 81, 110 JGG, in: Christoph Nix / Simon Pschorr (eds.), Jugendgerichtsgesetz, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2021.
  • Reform Needs in German Criminal Law on Sexual Offences. The Non-Compromise of "No-Means-No", with Hannah Wörner in: Rahime Erbaş (ed.), European Perspectives on Attrition in Sexual Offences, Lexington Books, London 2023, pp. 79-111.
  • Grundkurs Haftstrafe. Kleine Rechtskunde: Strafvollzug in Deutschland - ein Überblick, in: Magdalene Schaefer / Christoph Nix / Denis Ponomarenko, Theater im Strafvollzug. Reflexionen und Praxis, Theater der Zeit, Berlin 2021, pp. 33-39.


  • 30.05.2023: Lecture on Femicides and violence against women (the legal situation in Germany) at the working group Gender, Diversity and Inclusion of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation as part of the seminar „Femizid – das tödliche Ende der Gewaltspirale“
  • 27.04.2023: Lecture on intimicides and lethal violence in social relationships as part of the lecture series „Geschlecht und Recht“ ("Gender and Law") by Prof. Dr. Maria Wersig (Hochschule Hannover)
  • 10.01.2023: Lecture “Combating Domestic and Gender-Based Violence in Germany” as part of the DAAD-funded project Gender & Crime Ukraine
  • 29.07.2021: Lecture “Femicides from the Perspective of the Istanbul Convention” as part of the Law on the Bosphorus IX – International Criminal Justice and Human Rights Law Summer School 2021