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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 has been involved in inter alia the following research projects:

  • The Escaping Justice project focuses on the implications of the application of article 1F Refugee Convention, universal jurisdiction prosecutions of international crimes and extradition.
  • A more specific focus of this project is on the use of open-source information and other digital evidence in asylum procedures and in universal jurisdiction procedures.
  • The In Limbo project's aim is to publish a book focusing on immigrants who are undesirable because of (alleged) criminality, but who cannot be returned or deported from the host country (undesirable but unreturnable migrants).
  • The JoinedUpJustice project (led by Prof. Elies van Sliedregt, Tilburg University) develops parameters for a coordinated system of global justice at the domestic level, focusing on international criminal law and international refugee law.
  • In the In or out of control project, Maarten Bolhuis assesses the implications of citizenship revocation for the reintegration of terrorism convicts.
  • Together with researchers of the Asser Institute, Maarten Bolhuis conducts a research study into the feasibility of establishing an Investigative Taskforce on crimes against journalists.

Maarten Bolhuis co-supervises the PhD projects of Mohammad Hossein Mojtahedi on transitional justice and prevention of radicalization in Iraq and Rory Sugrue as part of the JoinedUpJustice project.


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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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