The International Victimology Institute Tilburg promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

International Victimology Institute Tilburg

INTERVICT promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

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Visiting Researchers INTERVICT

INTERVICT encourages qualified applicants with interests in the broad field of victimology to come to Tilburg as Visiting Research Fellow or Scholar. These visitors, working as they do within the Institute's premises, receive constant stimulus from the Institute's own staff. They have come from many different countries. To date the Institute had had visitors from Belgium, Canada, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

Candidates for a Visiting Fellowship / Scholarship

The Program for Visiting Fellows and Scholars is open to PhD candidates, (postdoc) researchers and academic staff from both within and outside European Union countries. The Institute also provides a full master 'Victimology and Criminal Justice'. All enquiries about this Master, University degrees and admission should be made to the University itself. The Visiting Fellows' or Scholars' stay at INTERVICT should contribute to the overall research program of INTERVICT. More information on our research website.

Overview Visiting Researchers


  • Jing Geng
    External PhD researcher at Católica Global School of Law in Lisbon, Portugal, and the recipient of a competitive scholarship funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in Portugal. Jing's research project explores the issue of victim consent and victim-blaming in the context of human trafficking investigation and prosecution. The hypothesis is that the rate of prosecution of perpetrators is shockingly low when compared to the global estimated number of victims in part because victims are not being identified as such; instead they are perceived as criminals complicit in their own abuse. The intent of the research is to help improve legal responses and efficacy in victim identification and protection. The project will examine the legal framework and prosecutions in two contexts: the United States and the Netherlands.
  • Amy Weatherburn
    Amy is an external  PhD researcher from Vrije Universiteit Brussel with her research focusing on the conceptualisation of labour exploitation in law.


  • Livia Di Pietro
    External PhD student, University of Navarre, Spain
  • Jean Bosco Mutangana
    External PhD student, National Prosecutor and Head/International Crimes Unit, Rwanda
  • Gema Verona
    Senior researcher from Basque Institute of Criminology
  • Tracey Booth
    Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs: Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

  • Nayeli Urquiza Haas
    Nayeli Urquiza has been awarded the second Witteveen Memorial Fellowship on Law and Humanities and will be hosted by the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) at Tilburg Law School from March to June 2016. Urquiza holds a Master in International Relations from Webster University (Austria) and recently defended her PhD thesis on female drug mules and their experiences in the UK justice system at Kent Law School. Her interests are in law and gender, critical legal theory, phenomenology, political philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to criminal justice and human rights.


  • Vusumuzi Kweyama
    External PhD student
    University of KwaZulu, Natal in South Africa
  • Athar Waheed
    External PhD student Pakistan
  • Allan Ngara
    External PhD student, Researcher at the Transnational Threats and International Crimes, Institute for Security Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jing Coa
    External PhD student, Southwest University of Political Science & Law, China
  • Sepideh Tabatabaei
    External PhD student, Legal consultant at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands


  • Jin Cao
    External PhD student
    Southwest University of Political Science & Law China
  • Luisa Leuenberger
    Institut fur Strafrecht und Kriminalogie, Bern in Switserland


  • Diana Contreras-Garduño
    PhD researcher on victims’ right to reparation at Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Athar Waheed
    Police officer in Pakistan and external PhD researcher on victims of terrorism at INTERVICT, supervised by prof. Marc Groenhuijsen and dr. Leontien van der Knaap



  • G.S. Baipaj
  • Francesca Capone
  • Daniel McKonnen
  • Stephan Parmentier
  • Natalia Pérez Rivas
  • Cesare Porcaro