Alette Smeulers is professor of international crimes at the University of Groningen. She does research on mass atrocities such as war, genocide and terrorism to which she takes an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach. She has published extensively in the field (see publications) and presented her research at numerous conferences all over the world. She also regularly gives public lectures such as in Paradiso, Amsterdam in the series Science & Cocktails; at the Asser Institute  and Studium Generale and has been interviewed regulary on her research – see of instance Wereldgesprek met Frenk van der Linden and for the Auxoro podcast

She has a podcast series on perpetrators of mass atrocities together with Nicola Quaedvlieg called Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal? (see podcasts)

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 2019 I gave the keynote at the 10-year anniversary of this master to the students who graduated in this program.

She can be considered one of the founders of Supranational Criminology, the criminology of international crimes. Her book Supranational Criminology, the criminology of International Crimes (Intersentia 2008) was ground-breaking and set the future agenda for this new field of research. She  gave the keynote at the  European Society of Criminology in 2016 and was one of the co-chairs of the European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice for several years. 

Alette has succesfully supervised a number of PhD students: Barbora Hola, Maartje Weerdesteijn, Guangxing Zhu, Tadesse Metekia, Yves Sezirahiga, Sylvester Sammie and Suzanne Schot. Many of them together with prof. dr. Caroline Fournet (now Exeter University). She currently still supervises: Adina Nistor, Min Seah, Welmoet Wels, Benjamin Gaches, Sanda van Dam, Anastasiia Liulina. In 2015 she was the proud recipient of the Tilburg Law School Supervisor Award.

Alette teaches specialized courses focusing on international crimes (law faculty) and war (UCG) and has in the past taught a wide variety of course such as in international criminal law. She contributed to summer courses and gave many guest lectures in the Netherlands and abroad.

See for a short documentary on her research: