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dr. Maarten Bolhuis


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    Maarten Bolhuis ( is Assistant Professor at the Criminal Law and Criminology department, Faculty of Law. He obtained his BSc in Criminology and MSc in International Crimes and Criminology (cum laude) at VU Amsterdam and a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance (political science) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010, he became an intern at the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), in the Escaping Justice Project. During and after his studies he worked at a Dutch Human Rights NGO, Lawyers for Lawyers. In June 2018, he obtained his PhD at VU Amsterdam, where he had worked as a lecturer since 2012. He teaches mostly in the MSc programme International Crimes, Conflict & Criminology (ICC) and is chair of the Programme Committee (OLC) ICC.


    Maarten Bolhuis conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies. He is board member at the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ) and takes part in the Escaping Justice Project, which focuses 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. 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.




    • Conflict & Crimes
    • Transnational Crimes & Conflict
    • Terrorism & Security
    • Research Methodology on Conflict and International Crimes
    • Summer School on International Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor theses
    • Master theses

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