Kristel van Kruisbergen graduated from Radboud University (Nijmegen) in the field of European and international law, with a specialization in human rights and migration law. After graduation she worked for a human rights office in Cape Town (South Africa) and subsequently as a lecturer at the European and International Law department of Radboud University. In September 2016 she started to work for the Europa Instituut at Leiden University as a lecturer and researcher. Her teaching activities are in the field of (general and substantive) European law, human rights law and the European Convention on Human Rights. Currently she is working on her PhD proposal concerning the protection of the rule of law and fundamental rights in the European Union, with a special focus on the principle of mutual trust.