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In 2012 Robert Jansen obtained his master’s degree in criminal law at the University of Groningen (cum laude). During his study he worked as a junior researcher and lecturer in substantive criminal law at the University of Groningen. As an intern he also worked at the Court of Appeal in Leeuwarden and at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. He currently holds the position of lecturer/researcher at the VU. From January - May 2019 he was appointed as a visiting research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research activities of Robert focus on Dutch substantive criminal law, e.g. criminal law defenses, attempt, complicity, aiding and abetting, but also medical confidentiality. 


Robert conducts PhD research which focuses on prior fault (culpa in causa or actio libera in causa). When a person, through his own fault, has placed himself in a state that he has to rely on a criminal law defence (e.g. self-defence, insanity), the defence can be rejected. The project aims to develop a normative and legal framework on deciding on a defence in case of prior fault, by analysing case law and conducting comparative and doctrinal research. 


De algemene strafrechtspraktijk (Criminal legal practice) (coordinator) 
Thesis supervisor (bachelor and master)

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  • K Law
  • actio libera in causa
  • culpa in causa
  • self-defense
  • intoxication
  • insanity
  • necessity
  • duress
  • strafuitsluitingsgronden
  • materieel strafrecht

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Research Output 2013 2019

How to deal with contrived defenses? The actio libera in causa doctrine

Jansen, R. H., 1 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

De beoordeling van noodweer bij een gezochte confrontatie

Jansen, R. H., 2017, In : Delikt en Delinkwent. 47, 9, p. 669-680

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Open Access

Het geheim van de dokter in Straatsburg onthuld?

Jansen, R. H. & Keppel, J. R., 2016, In : Delikt en Delinkwent. 46, 9, p. 689-705

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Open Access

Het Openbaar Ministerie

Jansen, R. H., 2016, Actoren in de strafrechtspleging. Bolhuis, M. P., Schoenmakers, M. M. & Beijers, W. M. E. H. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom Criminologie, p. 55-75

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Politieel vuurwapengebruik ter zelfverdediging.

Jansen, R. H. & Timmer, J. S., 2016, Amsterdam: Politie Amsterdam.

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Activities 2015 2019

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Faculty of Law

Robert Jansen (Visiting researcher)
15 Jan 201915 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Prior fault and criminal defenses

Robert Jansen (Speaker)
1 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

I Amsterdamned? Eigen schuld aan de Amstel

Robert Jansen (Speaker)
21 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Vuurwapengebruik ter zelfverdediging

R.H. Jansen (Speaker)
9 Feb 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Strafrechtelijke aanpak van terrorisme in Nederland

R.H. Jansen (Speaker)
19 Jan 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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