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Comparative Criminal Justice (MSc)

Comparative Criminal Justice is a one-year master's programme at the renowned Leiden Law School of Leiden University. The programme explores contemporary criminal justice developments and challenges from legal and criminological perspectives. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope.

Miranda Boone

Professor of Criminology

Miranda Boone

'Only when you learn about other criminal justice systems, can you start to understand your own.'

Jannemieke Ouwerkerk

Professor of European Criminal Law

Jannemieke Ouwerkerk

'European integration provides an important impetus to engage in a comparative study of national criminal justice systems.'

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A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Criminal Justice

Globalisation poses new challenges for the fight against national and international crime. Students will learn to apply a comparative perspective to analyse the criminal justice process regarding its ability to deal with crimes that take place both within and beyond national borders. Transnational crimes like human trafficking and terrorism increasingly demand coordinated criminal justice responses on a European or international level. This has created a demand for graduates who understand these relevant processes and the actors involved. The master's programme also devotes attention to the involvement of non-state actors and agencies outside the criminal justice system in crime control and the implications for legitimacy and accountability.

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