Barbora Hola has been given a WISE-position at NSCR

Barbora Hola has been given a position at NSCR in the first round of the NWO Women In Science Excel (WISE) programme . This tenure track programme provides talented female scientists with the opportunity to continue or develop their own research group and ultimately advance to a top position at the institute in question.

Four WISE tenure trackers were selected from a pool of 106 applicants. The WISE programme aims to improve the gender balance among NWO’s scientific staff. WISE was launched in June 2016 and will provide twenty positions in the coming five years at NWO research institutes. Vinod Subramaniam, chair of the selection committee: ‘With these four tenure trackers in this first round, we have achieved the programme’s aim of attracting talent to the Netherlands and keeping talented scientists here and providing them with opportunities. WISE is thus making a real difference in attracting and promoting the advancement of top female researchers.’

The WISE fellowship for Hola associates her with NSCR, where she already is a Fellow, and enables her to set up her own research group. With her WISE position Hola aims to build a center for empirical legal studies of international criminal law. Hola was praised by the selection committee for the social relevance of her research and her ambitious and original research proposal.

In 2013 Barbora Hola was awarded a Veni grant from NWO for the research project ‘Consistency of international sentencing’. She compared the sentencing of international crimes by international and national courts. She currently leads the NWO WOTRO ‘Security and Rule of Law’ project, entitled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Post-Conflict Settings: The Potential of Community-Based Socio Therapy in Rwanda.’

About WISE
With a focus on guidance and the right facilities, the WISE programme provides talented international and national researchers with a great career path towards a tenured position. The tenure track positions target female researchers who have started their careers and obtained their PhD at least three years ago. They have to submit a research proposal and indicate at which NWO institute they would like to work. Successful candidates are offered a five-year tenure track position at the institute of their choice. Following a successful tenure track, researchers will receive a tenured position at the institute of their choice. The first tenure trackers start their work this year, which coincides nicely with the ‘Westerdijk Year’, named after the first female professor in the Netherlands, during which we focus on the position of women in science.

dr. Barbora Holá

About dr. Barbora Holá

Barbora Holá works as a Senior Researcher at the NSCR and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University of Amsterdam. She has an interdisciplinary focus and studies transitional justice after atrocities, in particular (international) criminal trials, sentencing of international crimes, enforcement of international sentences, rehabilitation of war criminals and life after trial at international criminal tribunals. Besides her research and teaching in the Master’s programme International Crimes and Criminology at VU Amsterdam, Barbora is a co-director of the Center for International Criminal Justice, a knowledge centre dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of mass atrocity crimes and international criminal justice ( and an editor of the e-Newsletter of Criminology and International Crimes. On the international level, Barbora is a member of the Africa-Low Countries Network and a board member of the European Society of Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice. In 2017, Barbora was one of the four candidates who received the prestigious ‘WISE’ (Women in Science Excel) fellowship from the Dutch Organization for a Scientific Research to develop her research line on empirical studies of international criminal and transitional justice after atrocities.

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