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Empirical Legal Studies Cluster

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...

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...

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...

Victim support in a digitised society

There are already more victims from hacking each year than from bicycle theft On behalf of the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) NSCR has initiated a study into...

Barbora Hola Appointed as Member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

Barbora Hola works as Senior Researcher at the NSCR and as Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. In 2017 she...

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...

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...

Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Children in Divorce Procedures

Towards Evidence-Based Guidelines This research focuses on the rare but serious cases where one parent accuses the other of sexual abuse of one of the children, while...