The members of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology conduct research on diverse topics within legal psychology. 

Disclosing evidence in suspect interviews

The research project on disclosing evidence in suspect interviews is a substantive attempt to bring research into practice. This effort builds on more than 15 years of research and a collaboration with US local law enforcement. The project is financed by the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law enforcement officers […]

Eyewitness memory in cross-cultural contexts

The research project Eyewitness Memory in Cross-Cultural Contexts is a collaborative project of the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP) and the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). It is financed by an European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Annelies Vredeveldt. Our increasingly international society demands that eyewitnesses of serious crimes regularly provide testimony […]

Expert Witnesses

The Expert Witnesses project concerns reporting by legal psychological experts in legal cases. The Netherlands Register of Court Experts (NRGD), a public list of certified experts, has been open to legal psychologists as of May 2017. Peter van Koppen was a member of the NRGD Board at the time and Annelies Vredeveldt was a member […]

Validity of Statements

In the research project Validity of Statements, ALLP members examine how we can determine to what extent statements by witnesses, victims and suspect correspond to what really happened. In his Ph.D. research, André de Zutter, supervised by Robert Horselenberg and Peter van Koppen, examined the validity of rape allegations. He identified a number of crucial […]

Eyewitness collaboration

In the research project Eyewitness Collaboration, financed by the Society in Science in Switzerland, Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt and Prof. Peter van Koppen investigate what happens when witnesses remember together. In the eyewitness literature, memory has been portrayed as unreliable and malleable. Further, research on discussion between witnesses has focused almost exclusively on its potential negative consequences, […]

Geographical Profiling

In the Geographical Profiling project, ALLP members investigate how offenders select locations to commit crimes, how they move from and to the crime scene, and which geographical pattern can be observed in offenders’ criminal careers. In his Ph.D. research, Jasper van der Kemp (supervised by Peter van Koppen and Henk Elffers) examined the so-called modus […]


In the research project Bodycams, financed by the Police & Science programme, legal psychologist Dr. Annelies Vredeveldt and criminal law scholar Linda Kesteloo, LL.M. investigate the influence of bodycams on the evidence in criminal cases. They are assisted in this project by researchers Alieke Hildebrandt, Renske van der Steen and Dewi Hollander. The use of bodyworn cameras […]