Lorena Bachmaier Winter (PhD 1994) is Full Professor, at the Complutense University in Madrid, in justice systems and procedure. In addition to her law degree, she also holds a degree in political science (international relations). She has written extensively in the area of her expertise, being the author or editor of 15 books and almost 200 scientific articles on fair trial rights, justice and procedure, published in more than seven languages. Her present research is focused on comparative criminal procedure, rule of law and judicial independence, human rights and the EU process of legal harmonisation. She is a regular speaker at international conferences. She is a member of the most relevant international academic associations, as eg the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), and of editorial boards of numerous law reviews. She has been Visiting Professor in many foreign institutes and universities as, for example, the Max-Planck-Institute, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) or the Universities of Berkeley, Harvard and Stanford.

She also works regularly as an international legal expert for the Council of Europe and other international organisations and was appointed chair of the special committee on Transnational Organized Crime of the Council of Europe (2013–2014).