External PhD candidate
Jacco Snoeijer is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Until October 2016 Jacco Snoeijer was a judge at the discrict court in The Hague. He currently lives – for a four year period – in Wellington, New Zealand.
The title of his research is: 'Stern Justice? The Netherlands Indies' Trials of Japanese war criminals (1946-1949).'
Between 1946 and 1949 Netherlands-Indies’ military courts – temporary courts martial – tried over one thousand Japanese accused of war crimes. The special legislation that was put in place for this purpose provided for a direct application of international law and introduced a number of novel criminal law provisions. The 448 judgements of the courts-martial have been archived, but have never been the subject of a structured analysis. The purpose of his study is to examine the legal merits and relevance of these judgements.