Alette Smeulers is professor in criminal law and criminology of international crimes at the university of Groningen, and works as a freelance consultant and lecturer. Her research focuses on international crimes, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and other gross human rights violations as well as terrorism. The gassings in Auschwitz, the Apartheid in South Africa, the war in former Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, the mistreatment and humiliations in Abu Ghraib, the mass rapes in DR Congo and the poison gas attacks in Syria are all examples of such extreme forms and manifestations of mass violence. They cause immense human suffering and threaten international peace and security. Good and thorough research on the causes of such crimes is crucial in order to be able to effectively fight this type of criminality in the future. See also (see also short documentary on my research)
In her research, Alette Smeulers focuses on the causes of international crimes, the perpetrators of international crimes and the criminal prosecution of these crimes. Due to her inter- and multidisciplinary background and approach she has a unique expertise and is considered an expert in this field.