Danny Jol has been employed as PhD fellow by the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of Leiden University since 2017.
Danny Jol has been employed as PhD fellow by the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of Leiden University since 2017. He obtained his LL.M. in Dutch law from this university in the main subjects criminal law and civil law. From 2010, he worked as a lecturer in criminal law and criminal procedure at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of Utrecht University and the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of Leiden University.
Title research: Criminal Justice in the Netherlands Indies.
His research focuses on (colonial) criminal law and criminal procedure of the former Netherlands Indies. Colonial empires such as the Netherlands considered an effective criminal justice system as a cornerstone of their colonial rule. This might have created tensions regarding then existing ideas about fairness, fundamental rights and general principles of law. There is, however, little scholarly knowledge about the functioning of the Netherlands Indies’ complex criminal justice system. This research will focus on the so-called ‘gouvernementsrechtspraak’: the administration of justice introduced by the colonial authorities on the basis of statutory law, implemented by its civil servants on behalf of the head of state. The question is to what extent this criminal justice system operated in accordance with the then prevailing fundamental rights and general principles of law, both in legislation and in the administration of justice, particularly in the last decades of colonial rule (1901-1942).
Keywords: criminal law, criminal procedure, fundamental rights, general principles of law, Netherlands Indies, colonial legal history.
In addition to undertaking doctoral research, he teaches subjects in Dutch criminal law and criminal procedure.
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