Prof. Peter J. van Koppen is a psychologist and since 2003 full professor of Legal Psychology at the Faculty of Law of VU University Amsterdam. He studied psychology in Groningen (class of 1978; personality psychology and psychometrics) and law in Groningen and Amsterdam (class of 1977). He obtained his JD in 1984 at the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
He is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He is editor of the international journal Psychology, Crime, and Law (since 1992). He is a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar (1986-1987 and 1990-1991). He was a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts from 2010 until 2018. Together with D.J. Hessing, Van Koppen took the initiative to found the Criminology departments at Leiden University, VU University Amsterdam, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is Past-President of the European Association for Psychology and Law.
Van Koppen published, next to some 40 books, 150 articles and 120 chapters in edited volumes. In 2011, he received the Publication Prize of the Stichting Maatschappij Veiligheid en Politie (Foundation Society, Safety and Police) for his monograph Overtuigend bewijs: Indammen van rechterlijke dwalingen (Convincing Evidence: Limiting Miscarriages of Justice). More recently, he published Gerede twijfel: Over bewijs in strafzaken (Reasonable Doubt: On Evidence in Criminal Cases; 2013) and Routes van het Recht (Routes of Justice; 2017, edited with Jan W. de Keijser, Robert Horselenberg and Marco Jelicic). In 2014, he was awarded the Tom Williamson Award for life time achievement by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL).
Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. She graduated summa cum laude from University College Utrecht in 2007 and won the University College Alumni Association Award for social involvement and academic excellence. She obtained her Masters degree in Psychology and Law from Maastricht University in 2008, where she received the Top 3% Award. She completed her Ph.D. thesis on the effects of eye-closure on eyewitness memory at the University of York in 2011, for which she received both the American Psychology-Law Society Dissertation Award (first place) and the British Psychological Society – Social Psychology Section PhD Award.
Vredeveldt is an expert in the area of memory in legal settings. Her research focuses mainly on eyewitness memory, investigative interviewing, police reports, cross-cultural testimony, face recognition and deception detection. She has obtained funding for her research from various sources, including a prestigious Branco Weiss Fellowship in Switzerland, the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the United States and the Police and Science programme in the Netherlands. She has published fifteen peer-reviewed scientific articles, four books and six book chapters on legal psychological topics. Her work has been featured in international outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and Life Hacker, and in major Dutch news outlets such as De Volkskrant, Algemeen Dagblad, Elsevier and NOS.
Vredeveldt regularly serves as an expert witness in criminal cases. She has served on advisory committees of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts, to establish standards and assess applications for registration as an expert witness in the field of Legal Psychology. She is also course coordinator of Project Reasonable Doubt, in which groups of students investigate the evidence in closed criminal cases.
Jasper van der Kemp
Dr. Jasper J. van der Kemp, a legal psychologist and investigative criminologist, became assistant professor at the VU School of Criminology, Department of Criminal Law & Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in January 2006. Previously he conducted research at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcements (NSCR), being part of the research group on ‘Mobility and Distribution of Crime’ for five years. His PhD research on the modus via and fine-tuning of geographical offender profiling extended from analyzing individual offenders’ movements and location choice to the geographical patterns of crime in the criminal careers of property offenders. The main focus of this work addresses issues relating to geographical offender profiling and investigative focus on the modus via. In 2005 van der Kemp and colleagues won the Wiley Poster Price at the 15th European Conference on Psychology and Law for their poster presentation: “X marks the spot, comparing police officers, students and geographical profiling software on the accuracy of their predictions”.
He currently teaches ‘Crime Analysis & Offender Profiling’ and ‘Spatial Criminology’ courses as well as being the initiator of a training course Geographical Crime Analysis for police analysts. Van der Kemp is the coordinator of the Forensic Criminology minor curriculum of the bachelor Criminology program and member of the Master Criminology committee.
His current research focuses on the behavioral aspects of crime scene investigations and reconstructions and the use of crime scenarios in investigative decision making. Van der Kemp was the research project coordinator of the ‘Better crime scene investigations with lab-on-a-chip-technology’ project. Van der Kemp is founding member of the Crime Linkage International Network (C-Link); an academic-practitioner collaboration for studying the linkage of crimes on the behavioral characteristics. He is consulted by the police in ongoing and cold cases to create geographical analyses or to inform police investigative strategies. Van der Kemp is supervisor at Project Gerede Twijfel and Cold Cases in which groups of students investigate the evidence in closed criminal cases or cold cases.
Miriam D.S. Wijkman, Ph.D., LL.M. is a criminologist. She graduated in Law at the VU University Amsterdam (2005, 2 specialisations: Civil Law and Criminology) after which she worked as a junior researcher at the NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement). In 2007, she started as a lecturer/researcher at the department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University Amsterdam. She graduated in Psychology at the VU (2012, Developmental Psychology) and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Criminology at the VU. She studied for her thesis the typologies and criminal careers of adult and juvenile female sexual offenders. Since 2015, she works as an assistant professor and her research focusses on offending profiles of (female) sexual offenders, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and organised crime. Her work has been featured in major Dutch news outlets such as NRC, de Volkskrant and NOS.
She is coordinator of the Bachelor and Master’s programme in Criminology and is supervisor at Project Gerede Twijfel en Cold Cases in which groups of students investigate the evidence in closed criminal cases or cold cases.
André De Zutter
André W.E.A. De Zutter, M.Sc., MPhil, is a legal psychologist. He works at the faculty of Law in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of VU University Amsterdam and Maastricht University. He studies allegations of rape and serves as an expert witness in criminal cases.
Guillaume M.E.H. Beijers was coordinator and lecturer Criminology at at VU University Amsterdam. After retiring, he remained active as Senior Research Fellow at the Criminology section. Guillaume is sociologist and methodologist. His teaching predominantly concerned Methods and Statistics of Criminological Research and Statistics. As a scientific researcher, he conducted policy research on criminological and legal sociological issues for decades. Since 2006 he has served as supervisor on Project Reasonable Doubt.
Dr. Robert Horselenberg is a legal psychologist at Maastricht University. He defended his thesis on false memories and false confessions in May 2005. Since then, he has worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology and later at the Faculty of Law, both at Maastricht University. His research focusses on interviewing children, eyewitnesses and suspects, and on reasoning with evidence. He publishes on these topics both nationally and internationally. He acts as an expert witness in about ten criminal cases a year. He is a member of the European Association of Psychology and Law, where he is also a member of the Board. Furthermore, he is a member of the international Investigative Interviewing Research Group. In this latter group, he acts as editor of their journal. He is also a member of their executive committee. Since 2013, he is an expert in the Dutch Expert group for Special Vice-cases. He is also reviewer for several international and national journals and co-editor of the book Routes van het Recht, the Dutch handbook on legal psychology. Moreover, he is an initiator of The House of Legal Psychology, as well as a member of the management team and program director. He lectures on various courses at bachelor and master level in legal psychology, and started the Cold Case project in Maastricht in 2012. As a guest lecturer he visits several universities throughout the Netherlands and Europe. He acts as an expert in the media – radio, television, and newspapers – on a regular basis.
Linda Kesteloo, LL.M., is Lecturer/Researcher criminal (procedural) law at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. In 2013, she was awarded the NWO grant ‘Research talent’ for her Ph.D. project. Her research addresses safeguards for witness reliability from a legal perspective. In 2016, she collaborated with Annelies Vredeveldt and Peter van Koppen on a research project about the influence of collaboration between police officers on the content of police reports. She is currently working with Annelies Vredeveldt on the Bodycams research project.
Lex Borst is a Masters student at VU University Amsterdam. After graduating cum laude for the Bachelor Criminology, she is currently doing an MSc in Criminology with a specialization in Investigative Criminology. In 2016 she participated in Project Reasonable Doubt, after which a book with the findings was published in 2018. She currently works as a student-assistant for Project Reasonable Doubt.
Alieke Hildebrandt is a Masters student in Forensics, Criminology and Law at Maastricht University. Before that, she did a Bachelor Criminology at VU University Amsterdam, where she also participated in Project Reasonable Doubt. In 2017, she graduated cum laude in Psychology and Law at Maastricht University. She worked as a student assistant on various research projects, including collaboration between witnesses, the content of police reports and suspect interviews. She currently works as a student assistant on the Bodycams research project.
Lisa Bosman is a Masters student in Investigative Criminology at VU University. Before that, she did a Bachelor Criminology at Leiden University. In 2017, she did a research internship and wrote her Masters thesis on collaboration between witnesses. She is currently completing the final course of her Masters degree, is doing a research internship on cybercrime and works as a student assistant on the Bodycams research project.