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Discretion and decision making seminar

On 20 & 21 April 2017 international researchers in the field of law and society and criminology presented their work in Brussels and shared ideas on discretion and decision-making.

The ‘Discretion and decision-making seminar’ is the result of the ongoing co-operation between the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society and the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology of Leiden Law School and the Crime and Society Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Discretion is a core concept both for the NWO-funded VIDI project ‘Getting to the Core of Crimmigration’ of professor Maartje van der Woude of Leiden Law School and the VUB Strategic Research Program ‘Crossing Borders: Crime, Culture and Control’.

The ‘Discretion and decision-making seminar’ is the first in a series of events organized within the framework of the VIDI project. The next event in 2018 will focus on cross-border mobility in Europe.

During the seminar various scholars from both Belgium and the Netherlands presented papers in which they, either through a theoretical or an empirical lens, reflected on the notion of discretion. With contributions from criminology, criminal law, psychology and sociology of law, the seminar illustrated the relevance of the theme to scholars from a broad range of disciplines. The seminar wasn’t just very interdisciplinary, it was also very international. The presentations covered criminal justice practices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and Indonesia. Each presentation was commented upon by renowned international discussants such as Prof. Cyrus Tata (Strathclyde University) and Dr. Karine Côte-Boucher (Centre International Criminology Comparée, Université de Montréal)

The papers will be reworked into articles for a future special issue of an open access journal.

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