Who we are

Established in 2012, the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ) is a university based organization dedicated to interdisciplinary study, debate and research relating to the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the crime of aggression and other gross human rights violations. The CICJ is a successor of the Amsterdam Centre of Interdisciplinary Research on International Crimes and Security (ACIC), established in 2007 by Professor Alette Smeulers.

CICJ is dedicated to interdisciplinary study, debate and research relating to international crimes.

Based at the Law Faculty of the VU University in Amsterdam, we strive to bring together researchers and students with (international) criminal law and criminology backgrounds. The Center offers a MSc. in International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology, professional (post-graduate) trainings and organizes research seminars and guest lectures on a regular basis. On occasion, the Center also provides research internships for students and creates opportunities for visiting scholars and researchers to conduct research at the Center and participate in its activities.

Our mission is to generate first-class research, to provide in-depth training for professionals, and to prepare our students for careers in international criminal justice. The CICJ’s staff and researchers are dedicated to a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of international crimes, and seek to connect theory with practice through collaborations in the field.