dr. Maarten Bolhuis


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Maarten Bolhuis obtained his BSc in Criminology and MSc in International Crimes and Criminology (cum laude) at VU University and a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance (political science) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010, he started working as a research intern on the Escaping Justice Project at VU University. During and after his studies he worked at a Dutch Human Rights NGO, Lawyers for Lawyers. From September 2012 to March 2018, he worked as lecturer and PhD candidate at the Criminal Law and Criminology department; from March 2018, he works at this department as Assistant Professor.


Maarten Bolhuis conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies. He is a fellow 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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asylum seeker Social Sciences
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prosecution Social Sciences
national security Social Sciences
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Research Output 2014 2019

Open Access
asylum seeker
national security

The Removal of Undesirable Asylum Seekers

van Wijk, J. & Bolhuis, M., 27 Sep 2019, Research Handbook on International Refugee Law. Juss, S. S. (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, p. 403-416 14 p. (Research Handbooks in International Law series).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

asylum seeker
Open Access
asylum seeker
case management
national security
decision making

Asielzoekers als (vermeende) daders

van Wijk, J. & Bolhuis, M. P., 8 Sep 2017, In : Tijdschrift voor veiligheid. 16, 2-3, p. 11-25 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Asylum Seekers

Activities 2015 2016

  • 7 Lecture / Presentation

Post-exclusion policies in Europe

M.P. Bolhuis (Speaker)
12 May 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Undesirable and Unreturnable Migrants in the Netherlands

M.P. Bolhuis (Speaker)
25 Jan 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The post-exclusion dilemma: policies in Europe

M.P. Bolhuis (Speaker)
15 Jul 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Undesirable and Unreturnable Migrants

M.P. Bolhuis (Speaker)
16 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Signalling jihadists in the immigration process

M.P. Bolhuis (Speaker), J. van Wijk (Speaker)
8 Mar 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Afghaan met 1F: levenslang verdacht

Maarten Bolhuis


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Oorlogsmisdadigers verdwijnen in niemandsland

Maarten Bolhuis


1 media contribution

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