Alette Smeulers is working at the Universities of  Groningen and Tilburg and is research fellow at Intervict and associate researcher at NIOD and member of the School of Human Rights.

Alette is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), she is a member of advisory board of the Young Professionals Research Intiative (YPRI) and she founded the Supranational Criminology netwerk and co-founded the African Low Countries Network (ACLN). She is also co-chair of the European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ). She has a broad network of international contact. Next to that there are a few colleagues with whom she works particularly close together:  

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie de Brouwer (Ph.D., LL.M.) is an Associate Professor in international criminal law at the Department of Criminal Law and a research fellow with the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) both at Tilburg University. She studied Dutch and international (human rights) law at Tilburg University, La Sapienza (Italy) and the University of Essex (UK). She received her PhD in international criminal law at Tilburg University. Her main areas of research and interest include international crimes, international criminal law and procedure, victims’ rights, victimology, sexual violence and transitional justice. Anne-Marie de Brouwer is the co-founder and chair of the Mukomeze Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of women and girls who survived sexual violence during the Rwandan genocide. Alette And Anne-Marie regularly work together; they have published together and are currently editing the Elgar Companion to the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda together.



BarboraBarbora Hola is assistant professor at the department of criminal law and criminology at the VU University in Amsterdam. She received her Law degree (JUDr, summa cum laude) at the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague. In 2007 she received her LL.M degree in International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012, Barbora obtained her PhD in supranational criminology from the VU University Amsterdam where where she defended a dissertation on consistency of sentencing of international crimes by international tribunals which was supervised by Alette Smeulers and Catrien Bijleveld. In 2013 Barbora received the prestigious VENI-grant.

Alette and Barbora regularly work and publish together. They have co-authored six articles mostly on the empirics of international criminal law such as the article published by the International Criminal Law Review entitled: Sixty-Five years of International Criminal Justice: the facts and figures and presented joint papers at international academic conferences.



LotteLotte Hoex is working as a Security Sector Reform Officer of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Lotte studied criminology at the VU University in Amsterdam and graduated cum laude in the master Law and Politics of International Security. She worked for Alette Smeulers as a research assistant for a number of years and contributed to the supranational criminology website and the digital newsletters and helped organize one of the expert-meetings.

Alette and Lotte went to Rwanda together in 2009 and interviewed 24 perpetrators of the genocide in Kigali Central Prison. They published their research findings in an article published in the British Journal of Criminology which was entitled: ‘Studying the micro dynamics of the Rwandan Genocide’.





MaartjeMaartje Weerdesteijn is working as a PhD-candidate at the department of criminal law at Tilburg University. She is writing a PhD-thesis on the rationality of dictators which is supervised by Alette Smeulers and Tijs Kooijmans. Maartje has a cum laude degree in European Studies and a cum laude degree in International Crimes and Criminology from the VU University. Maartje started working for Alette as a research assistant in 2008 and from 2009 to 2012 Maartje worked as a lecturer in the master on International Crimes and Criminology.

Alette and Maartje work a lot together on their common research interests and they also teach courses together. At the moment they are teaching the course Criminology of international crimes to the honour students at Tilburg Unbiversity. They also published one article together on the war in former Yugoslavia which is published in the Tijdschrift voor Criminologie. They are currently working on two other articles.





Sanda van DamSanda van Dam is working at OXFAM Novib and Oxfam International as Campaigner Fair Taxes. She has studied history (cum laude) and American Studies (Cum Laude) at the University of Amsterdam. She received a Fullbright Fellowship to study Japanese studies at Harvard University. Next she has gained a cum laude degree in International Crimes and Criminology (ICC) and Law and Politics of International security (LPIS) both at VU University. She has taught in the ICC master.

Alette and Sanda worked together closely when they were both working at VU University. Sanda made this website