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About dr. Nieke Elbers

Nieke Elbers is a postdoc researcher at the NSCR since 2016. She is an expert in the field of victimology, procedural justice, and alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and restorative justice. Since 2006, she conducts research on the impact of legal procedures on the wellbeing of litigants. She is interested in how professionals can contribute to victim empowerment. She uses a multidisciplinary approach. She graduated at Maastricht University (Bachelor and Master in Psychology), Sussex University (Erasmus scholarship), VU University Amsterdam (PhD law faculty), and University of Toronto (traineeship Work Disability Prevention). After her PhD, she worked for 2 years at the University of Sydney (NWO Rubicon grant). In her research, she closely collaborates with (inter)national academics, policy makers, lawyers and health professionals. Besides her work as a researcher, Nieke is a neighbourhood mediator.

Nieke is a member of the Empirical Legal Studies Cluster.

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The value of victim advocacy in practice

To what extent do the lawyers representing the victims of serious crimes contribute towards the exercise of victims’ rights in practice? Victim advocacy: the role of...

NWO-initiative Empirical Legal Studies up and running

NSCR has initiated a national project called Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) to improve the use of empirical methods in the law discipline. The initiative applies to...