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An important goal of this group is to gain a better understanding of the background and life-course of perpetrators of extremist and terrorist crimes. We do this by studying risk factors and processes associated with radicalisation, participation in extremist and terrorist groups and activities, and ways to prevent radicalisation and extremist activities. The extremism/terrorism group […]

Empirical Legal Studies

Relevant theories in this group are the theory of Procedural Justice, theoretical notions regarding the respective roles of the legislator, the judiciary and the administrative bodies (Trias Politica), recent changes in the relative importance of these roles, and the consequences thereof for principles of fair trial, the quality of decisions in the legal system, theories […]

Criminal Events

The aim is to describe the way different actors behave during potentially criminal events, explain the causes of their behaviour, and clarify the consequences of their behaviour for the outcome of the event. The research of this thematic group is strongly rooted in theories that focus on situational causes of crime. We particularly draw on […]