Dr. M.A.H. van der Woude

  • Crimmigration
  • Fundamental rights
  • Public order and safety
  • Substantive criminal law
  • Terrorism

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7552
E-Mail: m.a.h.vanderwoude@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie, Straf- en Strafprocesrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number C108
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7841
E-Mail: m.a.h.vanderwoude@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Metajuridica, Recht en bestuur ontwikkelingslanden/VVI
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B3.19
Personal Homepage: www.law.leidenuniv.nl/​org/​strafrechtencriminologie/​woudemahvander.jsp

Maartje van der Woude (1980) is Professor of Sociology of Law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development and Associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology. With a background in Law and Criminology, in December 2010 Van der Woude successfully defended her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis “Legislation in a Culture of Control” (Boom Legal Publishers). With Dutch counterterrorism legislation as an ‘extreme’ case-study she successfully aimed to shed light on the politicized nature of the legislative procedure and the implications thereof for the legitimacy, necessity and effectiveness of the counterterrorism measures that were implemented in the Dutch Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. Part of her thesis was written while Van der Woude was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society of the University of California in Berkeley. Furthermore, Maartje was a visiting Scholar at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco for 5 months in 2015. In Spring 2016 Maartje will be affiliated as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland where she will teach in the Law & Society minor and will work on her inaugural lecture.


In her research, Van der Woude is interested in the interplay between political decision-making, decision-making by more street-level criminal justice actors and the boundaries set by the Rule of Law and international human rights. Within this broad spectrum she tends to focus on uncovering and understanding rationales behind decision-making processes as well as on the (un)intended effects of decision-making. She seeks these effects on a more theoretical and normative level by questioning the impact of decision-making on procedural justice, systemic inequality and the fundamental principles underlying criminal law and criminal justice. Based on her dissertation and research achievements, Van der Woude was recently (2015) awarded the Dutch-Belgian Ada & Paul Cornil Prize.

Her current research aims at a deeper understanding of the process of crimmigration, the growing merger of crime control and immigration control. Over the past couple of years this has resulted in a growing body of empirical and more theoretical publications focusing on unravelling crimmigration in the Netherlands and the EU. In her current research project, Crimmigration and Multi-level Discretionary Decision-making in EU Borderlands, she seeks to uncover the politics of internal border control in the EU through the spectrum of crimmigration. By studying the political discourse and legislation on both the level of the EU as well as on the Member State level - with The Netherlands as a case study - her project aims to provide insight into the interaction and complex dynamics between the level of supranational decision-making and the level of national decision-making. Who are the responsible actors for border control decisions, and what are the political and humanitarian interests at stake? To what extent do the decisions on a supranational level leave discretionary space for the member states in further developing specific rules and regulations? And, while further descending, how do these rules and regulations on internal border control play out on the street-level? For this final step- the street-level - Van der Woude has been gathering ethnographic data with the Dutch Border Police for the past two years.

Van der Woude’s research takes place within the context of the University-wide research programme Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability, and Effectivity.


Van der Woude teaches a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate level varying from Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Risk Security and the Rule of Law. She teaches both in English (as part of the International Criminal Justice program) and in Dutch. In the Spring semester of 2014 Van der Woude was a visiting professor at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where she taught Risk, Security and Crimmigration. Maartje is also a highly active member of Leiden University's Honours Academy: Since 2005 she is involved in organizing and teaching honours courses and summer course. Since 2013 she is mentoring honours students who are participating in the Leiden Leadership Program.

Ancillary positions

Van der Woude is on the Board of Directors of the Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies (CINETS) and on the organizing committee of the Collaborative Research Network on Citizenship & Immigration of the Law and Society Association. She’s editor in Chief of the Dutch Criminal Justice journal Proces, Tijdschrift voor Strafrechtspleging. Since 2014 Van der Woude is a deputy judge at the criminal court of Noord-Holland.

Last Modified: 03-03-2016