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Vincent Geeraets is an assistant professor at the department of Legal Theory and History at VU University (since 2012). He graduated in law at the university of Groningen and worked as a PhD candidate at the department of Legal Theory also at the university in Groningen. In 2011 he successfully defended his thesis A Neutral Conception of Punishment.


His research is centred on various topics related to criminal law. He has written about the concept of punishment, justificatory theories of punishment, the victim impact statement, restorative justice and doping in sports.


He teaches several courses; among others: Philosophy of Criminal Law ("encyclopedie criminologie") (bachelor; students of criminology) and Methods of Legal Research (master; law students).

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penalty Social Sciences
justice Social Sciences
legal system Social Sciences
criminal law Social Sciences
offender Social Sciences
Sports Social Sciences
procedural law Social Sciences
legal procedure Social Sciences

Research Output 2003 2018

Open Access
legal system
procedural law
legal procedure
civil law

Two Mistakes about the Concept of Punishment

Geeraets, V. Apr 2018 In : Criminal Justice Ethics. 37, 1, p. 21-35 15 p.

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legal claim
criminal law

Doping, ideologie en de matige rechtspositie van topsporters

Geeraets, V. C. Feb 2017 In : Rechtsgeleerd magazijn Themis. 178, 1, p. 3-11

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Ideology, Doping and the Spirit of Sport

Geeraets, V. C. 26 Jul 2017 In : Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

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Open Access