About prof. dr. mr. Marijke Malsch

Marijke Malsch studied Social Sciences and Law at the University of Amsterdam. She received her doctor’s degree on a dissertation entitled: Lawyers’ predictions of judicial decisions: A study on calibration of experts. She is a senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR).
Her current research interests focus on participation of lay people in criminal justice systems in Europe, privacy of victims of crime, accuracy of reports of police interrogations, the principle of open justice, stalking legislation, and expert evidence in the criminal justice system. She is also working as an honorary judge at a District Court and a Court of Appeals. Malsch co-ordinates and teaches the course Law in Practice at VU University in Amsterdam.

Marijke is a member of the Sanctions Cluster and the Empirical Legal Studies Cluster.

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How do I explain it to the relatives of the deceased? Reasons for acquittal

In cases of involuntary manslaughter due to a traffic accident severe sentences are not always imposed. In an article in the judicial journal Tijdschrift voor...

Pressure during investigative interview increases risk of wrong sentencing

Worldwide, many cases are known of the wrong person being sentenced and acquitted later. Such a wrong sentencing is often due to investigative interview techniques in...

Decreasing role of the judiciary: is replacing the judge possible and desirable?

Judges are increasingly often replaced by other bodies. Less serious criminal cases are dealt with by the police, the public prosecutor or administrative bodies, instead...

Added value of palm prints for investigating crimes

Palm marks provide more information about the crime than finger marks or DNA according to research from NSCR and VU Amsterdam. Palm marks and prints could therefore play...

You cannot see whether a suspect is lying

Many people think it is possible to see whether a person is lying. This applies to both professionals and lay people. Sometimes even the police think they can see...

NSCR and VU examine the use of palm prints in criminal proceedings

When an offender has left a palm trace at the scene of the crime, this can be used to identify and prosecute him. Until 2010 it was customary for the police that when a...

Differential reporting of mixed DNA profiles

Differential reporting of mixed DNA profiles and its impact on jurists’ evaluation of evidence. An international analysis While DNA analysis is considered by many the...

Visual and audio recordings of interrogations are important for criminal proceedings

Research by Malsch and colleagues has found that official police reports provide information on only a small part of suspect interrogation proceedings. For example, they...