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Joanne van der Leun

Dean, Professor of Criminology

Prof.dr. J.P. van der Leun
+31 71 527 7522

As dean, Joanne van der Leun chairs the Faculty board.

More information about Joanne van der Leun

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She works for the faculty since 2001 and was one of the pioneering staff members of the Criminology BA and MA program at Leiden Law School. She was appointed professor of Criminology in 2008. Crime, migration and human trafficking are her research themes.

She was affiliated before with Utrecht University (where she also received her MSc.) and Erasmus University (where she also received her PhD).

Tasks dean

  • General management policy
  • Faculty Strategy (including The Hague strategy)
  • Internal and external relations
  • Chairs and Professorships
  • PhD defences
  • Diversity
  • Internationalisation (including LLM Advanced)
  • Employee and student representation
  • Alumni policy and funding
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Library


Her research interest lie in the field of crime, migration, human trafficking and crimmigration. Her research is embedded in the research programme Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectivity and the profile area Interaction between legal systems.

She supervises several PhD students, together with collegaues. Over the years she received research funding for her projects of the EU, NWO, KNAW, WODC, Politie & Wetenschap, local and national authorities, Leids Universitair Fonds, Raad voor de Rechtsbijstand en Open Society Justice Initiative.

Ancillary Activities

She is member of the Advisory Committee of Immigration Affairs of the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Netherlands. She is also member of the Advisory Board of the centre of Expertise for the Forensic Psychiatry (see further Ancillary Activities).


She has been Director of the criminology program for years and has taught a number of courses in the Criminology and in the Law curriculum. During her time as a dean she will be only involved in teaching to a limited extent.

Dean, Professor of Criminology

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  • Stafdienst Bedrijfsvoering
  • Faculteitsbestuur

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 4.31


  • Moddermanstichting Lid bestuur
  • Centrum Criminaliteitspreventie Veiligheid CCV Lid Redactieraad Secondant
  • Regionaal Informatie en Expertise Centrum (RIEC) Denktank/ Expertgroep Ondermijningsbeelden
  • Leids Juridisch Genootschap Lid bestuur
  • Stichting Hazelhoff van Huett Lid bestuur
  • Ministerie van Justitie en Veiligheid Lid Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken ACVZ
  • Stichting Leyden-Amsterdam Columbia Summer School Program in American Law Lid bestuur
  • Sociologie Magazine lid van de Raad van Advies
  • Universiteit Leiden / Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid Lid Raad van Advies Centrum voor Immigratierecht UL

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