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.
Elies van Sliedregt elected as member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences25th April 2023
Elies van Sliedregt, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Tilburg University, is one of the eighteen new members elected by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This was announced by the KNAW on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
“Aim to catch bigger fish under international criminal law"27th March 2023
Although all eyes are on the International Criminal Court for prosecuting such international crimes as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide – a recent and notable case in point being the warrant issued for Russian president Putin’s arrest – the future of international criminal law lies in national law.
Prof. Elies van Sliedregt appointed to Advisory Committee on Public International Law31st January 2023
The Dutch government has appointed Tilburg University professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Elies van Sliedregt as a member of the Advisory Committee on Public International Law (CAVV) effective February 1, 2023. The CAVV is an independent body which advises the government, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Netherlands on international law issues.