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.
Tilburg University remains best Dutch university for Law according to THE World University Rankings 2023 by subject26th October 2022
Tilburg University has confirmed its international reputation for teaching and research within the fields of Business & Economics, Law and Psychology with top-50 positions worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 by subject. With a 21st position worldwide in the THE subject ranking for Law, Tilburg University is among the world leaders in this field.
Emeritus Professor Marc Groenhuijsen receives highest award in field of victimology30th June 2022
During the 17th triennial International Symposium for Victimology in San Sebastián in June, Em. Prof. Marc Groenhuijsen was awarded the highest distinction in the field of victimology: the Hans van Hentig Award of the World Society of Victimology.
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.