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Jelmar Meester is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focusses on the development of corporate violation and the applicability of a life course criminology perspective and methodology on corporations. His research is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Leiden University, and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR).


Jelmar completed his bachelor’s in criminology at Leiden University in 2019. He obtained his master’s degrees in Criminology and Security Policy and in Forensic Criminology (cum laude) in 2022. He also completed the Leiden Leadership Programme. During his master’s programmes, Jelmar conducted research for several governmental agencies. His master’s theses were on the developmental trajectories of corporate violation within Dutch inland shipping and the level of violation diversity within Dutch inland shipping

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Academic qualification

Forensic Criminology, Master, Leiden University

Sept 2020Aug 2022

Award Date: 27 Sept 2022

Criminology and Safety Policy, Master, Leiden University

Sept 2019Aug 2022

Award Date: 27 Sept 2022

Criminology, Bachelor

Sept 2015Jun 2019

Award Date: 27 Nov 2019

Leiden Leadership Programme, Leiden University Honours Academy

Sept 2019Jun 2020

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