Department of Criminal Law
Our department is of multidisciplinary composition and focuses on Dutch and European criminal law and criminal procedure as well as social scientific research of crime and victims. The department provides education and research in the fields of criminal law, criminology, victimology and intercultural forensic psychiatry.
Our research activities
Research of crime is intrinsically practical. The department focuses on material and procedural criminal law, on understanding criminal phenomena and their impact on society and victims, and on tackling crime. Our emphasis in research is on complex types of organized crime and corporate crime, which are in the Netherlands addressed as ‘subversive crime.’ We conduct our research activities in close cooperation with other scientific disciplines and societal partners, such as municipalities and the police.
Study with us
The multifaceted character of the department is expressed in our bachelor and master programs. The department of Criminal Law contributes substantially to the LLB Rechtsgeleerdheid (in Dutch) and the Global Law Bachelor (in English). The department offers the Criminal Law profile as part of the LLM Rechtsgeleerdheid (in Dutch).
The department of Criminal Law’s currently comprises around 40 staff members. We highly value cooperation within the department as well as with colleagues from Tilburg Law School and other faculties at Tilburg University and beyond. The department stands out for its informal culture and emphasis on equivalence and offering an inspiring work environment.
Prof. Conny Rijken new National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children10th June 2022
Professor of Human Trafficking and Globalisation Conny Rijken will be the new National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, starting 1 September 2022. Her appointment was announced on Friday 10 June.
ERC Advanced grant for research on improving the domestic prosecution of international crimes26th April 2022
The European Research Council of the EU has awarded an ERC Advanced research grant of 2,3 million euros to Prof. of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Elies van Sliedregt of Tilburg University. She will develop parameters for a coordinated system of global justice at the domestic level.
Contact with peers helps victims to reinvent themselves17th February 2022
Social support is of great importance to victims of crime, for example, but exactly how that support works was still unclear. With support from the Dutch Victim Support Network (Slachtofferhulp Nederland), Pien van de Ven therefore investigated the role of both support from the social environment and from fellow-sufferers in dealing with a victim experience.