Alette Smeulers (1967, Luxemburg) is professor of criminal law and criminology of international crimes at the law faculty of the University of Groningen and at the University College Groningen where she is the Academic Director of three majors: Philosophy, politics and economics (PPE); international relations and international law (IRIL) and international business and entrepreneurship (IBE).

She studied political science (international relations and international human rights law) at the Free University in Brussels (VUB) and the Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston (United Kingdom). In 2003 she received her PhD in international criminal law after successfully defending her PhD-thesis on extradition and human rights at Maastricht University. She worked at Maastricht University for 11 years first as a PhD candidate, then as a lecturer in criminal law and as off 2001 as assistant professor in international criminal law.

From 2006-2011 she worked at VU University Amsterdam where she initiated and set up the master in International Crimes and Criminology now renamed international crimes, conflict and criminology and the Amsterdam Centre of Interdisciplinary Research on International Crimes and Security (ACIC) in 2012 renamed the Centre of International Criminal Justice.

In 2011 she was appointed professor in international criminology at Tilburg University and since 2012 she has been a research fellow at Intervict. In addition to that she worked as a freelance researcher and teacher from 2015 to 2018 and taught at a.o. University College Tilburg and the Amsterdam University College. In 2014 she moved to Groningen and as off 2018 she works full time at the University of Groningen.

Alette teaches introductory courses in criminal law and criminology as well as specialized courses focusing on specific forms and periods of violence such as terrorism, international crimes and war.

She regularly publishes in national and international peer-reviewed journals and has published a number of books. She gave many presentations and guest lectures in the Netherlands and abroad and has presented at numerous conferences worldwide. She is an internationally recognized expert on international crimes and especially the perpetrators of these crimes and one of the founders of the field now known as supranational criminology which entails the criminology of international crimes.

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