Law, Society & Crime

Our department Law, Society & Crime focuses strongly on societal relevance and scientific impact. With our research and education, we are at the center of many current debates in society and politics, both at national and European level: whether it concerns the fight against subversive crime, medical-ethical issues, harmonisation of criminal procedures in an EU context , or corporate compliance with financial or environmental laws.


Innovative drugs “painfully reveal that the affordability of healthcare has its limits”

According to André den Exter, Associate Professor of Health Law at Erasmus School of Law, politicians must make choices about expensive drugs.

Dutch cabinet sharpens weapons in fight against organised drug crime

Joost Nan, Professor of Criminal (Procedural) Law at Erasmus School of Law, explains the new initiatives in the fight against organized crime.

Community service or prison sentence; which punishment prevents youngsters from relapsing into crime?

Research shows that community service among youngsters leads to lower relapse rates than imprisonment.

Photoshopping a Nazi flag; insult or freedom of speech?

Joost Nan, Professor of Criminal (Procedural) Law, explains the possible consequences of the Nazi tweet by a member of parliament directed at Minister Kuipers.

Not all arms possessors are the same: reduce armed violence among youth in Rotterdam by addressing underlying problems

The research team identifies different groups of youth with weapons. “Focus on the most high-risk groups and the underlying problems.”

Fourth cohort of IMARC students kicked off

On the first day of the new academic year, the fourth cohort of IMARC students had their introduction on campus.

Should we stop costly treatments to reduce the high healthcare costs?

André den Exter, Associate Professor of Health Law at Erasmus School of Law, pleads for a political debate about the standard setting for expensive treatments.

How can drug smuggling be reduced in the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam?

Lieselot Bisschop talks about the problems of drug smuggling in the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp and gives tips on how to combat it.

Transparency about cybersecurity is essential for companies. But why?

Bernold Nieuwesteeg of the Centre for the Law and Economics of Cybersecurity of Erasmus School of Law stresses the importance of openness on cybersecurity.

Race riots in Rotterdam were also “an uprising against failing policy of the municipality”

Marc Schuilenburg, Professor of Digital Surveillance at Erasmus School of Law, takes a new look at the Afrikaander riots in Rotterdam in 1972.

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