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Elies van Sliedregt elected as member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Published: 25th April 2023 Last updated: 25th 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.

The approximately 600 members of the KNAW are renowned scientists from all disciplines. The new Academy members will be installed on Monday, October 30. Membership is for life.

Professor Elies van Sliedregt is a researcher in the field of national and international criminal law. She investigates legal methods and international collaboration in the fight against war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide and identifies areas in which international criminal law needs to be further developed. For instance, there are legal ‘black holes’ at the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, where both suspects and victims struggle to invoke their rights. In her study on individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of international criminal law, she substantiates that not only the actual perpetrators of the crimes are responsible, but also the Schreibtischtäter, who organize and orchestrate the crimes.

Rector Magnificus Wim van de Donk: “Proud and heart-felt congratulations to our esteemed colleague Elies van Sliedregt. She is a committed and inspiring researcher, who will be a highly valued member of the KNAW and a firm advocate of both innovative and fundamental research.”

About the KNAW

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) was established in 1808 as an advisory body to the government, a role it fulfills to this day. Its authoritativeness rests on the excellence of its members, who are among the best in their respective fields. The KNAW also supervises twelve institutes whose research and collections have brought them to the fore of Dutch science and have earned them international renown.

Other KNAW members of Tilburg University include Professor Emeritus Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Professor Emeritus Lans Bovenberg, Professor Bart Bronnenberg, Professor Eric van Damme, Professor Emeritus Marc Groenhuijsen, Professor Emeritus Theo van de Klundert, Professor Emeritus Bart Nooteboom, Professor Corien Prins, Professor Arthur van Soest, and Professor Emeritus Jan Vranken.