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Maarten Bolhuis is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law. He is a graduate in criminology and political science at VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. He worked at the Dutch human rights NGO Lawyers for Lawyers, and the Amsterdam Bar Association, before starting as a researcher/lecturer at VU Amsterdam in 2012. In 2018, he obtained his PhD at VU Amsterdam. He is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in International Crimes, Conflict & Criminology, board member at the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), and member of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP).


Maarten Bolhuis conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies. He took part in the Escaping Justice Project, which focused on the implications of the application of article 1F Refugee Convention. On the basis of this article, persons who are believed to be guilty of committing international crimes, such as crimes against humanity and war crimes, are excluded from refugee protection. As part of this, his PhD thesis focused on the role countries of refuge play in criminal prosecution of these alleged perpetrators of serious criminality.

The In Limbo Project builds upon previous projects in which Maarten has participated, but expands the scope of the previous research, to the situation of immigrants who are undesirable because of (alleged) criminality, but who cannot be returned or deported from the host country (undesirable but unreturnable aliens). The project's aim is to publish an accessible book for a wider audience.

Maarten Bolhuis co-supervises the PhD projects of Mohammad Hossein Mojtahedi and Rory Sugrue.


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Criminology, PhD, Narrowing the impunity gap? How host states deal with alleged perpetrators of serious crimes excluded from international protection: a case study of the Netherlands., Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 Nov 201430 Jun 2018

Award Date: 28 Jun 2018


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