Our daily staff consists of the following faculty members:


Joris van Wijk, Associate Professor Criminology, Director Master programme International Crimes and Criminology

Foto Joris van WijkJoris van Wijk, the Center’s Executive Director, is Associate Professor at the Law Faculty’s Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. Together with the other staff members, Joris develops and implements the CICJ’s plans and projects. He is also the director and coordinator of the master’s program International Crimes and Criminology. In addition to his work at the Center, Joris is one of the conveners of the ESC Research Group on Atrocity Crimes and a board member of the Dutch Society of Criminology. In 2011, Joris was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor. His research focuses on refugee movements and international criminal justice, in particular on the consequences of article 1F Refugee Convention.

Joris received his Law and Criminology degree at the Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam. In 2007 he obtained his PhD at this same university, defending the study ‘Luanda-Holanda; irregular (asylum) migration from Angola to the Netherlands’. In 2008, he was the recipient of the ESC Young Criminologist Award.

Barbora Hola, Assistant Professor Criminology

Barbora Hola

Barbora Hola works as Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and as Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam. At the Center she is in charge of organizing the Academic Meets Practitioner series and she is helping with daily management of the Center. Next to her work at the Center, Barbora teaches in the International Crimes and Criminology Master programme and is a board member of the European Society of Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice.  In her research she focuses on issues of transitional justice after atrocities, in particular (international) criminal trials, sentencing, rehabilitation and reintegration of war criminals. In 2013, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) rewarded Barbora with the prestigious Veni grant for a project on vertical (in)consistency of international sentencing. In 2017, Barbora was one of the four candidates who received the competitive ‘WISE’ (Women in Science Excel) fellowship from the NWO to develop her research line on empirical studies of international criminal and transitional justice after atrocities.

Barbora received her Law degree (JUDr, suma cum laude) at the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague. In 2007 she received LL.M degree in International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012, Barbora obtained her PhD in supranational criminology from the VU University Amsterdam where she defended a dissertation on consistency of sentencing of international crimes by international tribunals.


Marjolein Cupido, Assistant Professor International Criminal Law

Marjolein Cupido

Marjolein Cupido works as Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty’s Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. At the CICJ, she assists in the daily management and organizes the monthly International Criminal Law and Criminology (ICLC) lunch meetings. In addition, Marjolein teaches in the master program International Crimes and Criminology and in the Summer School on International Criminal Justice. Marjolein’s research is comparative in nature and focuses on criminal responsibility for international crimes under international and domestic criminal law.

Marjolein holds an LL.M in Criminal Law (Leiden University 2007, summa cum laude). In 2015, she obtained her PhD in international criminal law from the VU University Amsterdam where she defended her dissertation on the casuistry of substantive international criminal law. In addition  to her work at VU University Amsterdam, Marjolein is appointed deputy judge in the District Court of Rotterdam and was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court in 2017.

Maarten Bolhuis, PhD Candidate Criminology

Maarten BolhuisMaarten Bolhuis works as a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Law Faculty’s Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. At the CICJ, he manages the website and coordinates the summer school on International Criminal Justice. Maarten’s research focuses on the application of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention in the context of the ‘Escaping Justice‘-project.

Maarten received his Criminology degree (cum laude) at the Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam in 2009. A year later, he received his degree in Political Science (Conflict Resolution and Governance) at the University of Amsterdam. Earlier, he has worked for Lawyers for Lawyers, a Dutch NGO.

Annika van Baar, PhD Candidate Criminology

Annika van Baar works as a PhD Candidate at the Law Faculty’s Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. Annika’s research focuses on the role of corporations in international crimes, specifically how business is involved in these types of crimes, and how such involvement can be understood. In addition to her research, Annika teaches in a master course of corporate involvement in international crimes.

Annika received a MSc (cum laude) in International Crimes and Criminology at the Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam in 2011. Before that, she received a MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2010), after completing a BSc in Psychology and a BSc in Criminology at the VU University Amsterdam in 2007.