A platform for Supranational Criminology: The criminology of international crimes and other gross human rights violations

Our aim is to create a communicative platform for what we call supranational criminology. This entails a criminological approach to international crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture, genocide and other gross human rights violations that to do not readily fall within the contemporary definitional scope of international crimes. The general point to be made here is that supranational criminology should include all forms of crime that cause mass human suffering. (The research section of this site contains a more elaborate discussion on what supranational criminology entails)


The platform aims to encourage and stimulate an international and interdisciplinary scientific discussion and debate on international crimes and other gross human rights violations. Many researchers from a broad range of disciplines such as criminologists, historians, philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers and others take an interest in international crimes and other gross human rights violations. What is lacking, however, is an integrated interdisciplinary approach to international crimes. We want to change this by bringing together scholars involved in this kind of research and by stimulating fruitful academic discussions amongst them. The aim of the website is to share information on literature, internet links, ongoing research and experts within the broad field of supranational criminology. It is our aim to thus stimulate the discussion on a variety of relevant topics. Moreover, we plan to organize expert-meetings, symposia and conferences in the near future.


The website

The website aims to share information and function as a basis for our communicative platform. We hope to stimulate a fruitful discussion on what the scope of the research area of supranational criminology or the criminology of international crimes is. We have developed a first tentative and provisional research program. This research program is not final or conclusive, but is open for discussion and debate. And we invite everyone to take part in the discussion on what needs to be included or excluded and on what should be the boundaries of this research area. If you have any ideas feel free to contact us! Our ultimate aim is to put international crimes firmly on the criminological agenda and to convince those who have a stake in international criminal justice such as international criminal lawyers, human rights defenders and the international community of the importance of our findings. We believe that a better understanding of gross human rights violations and international crimes as well as the causes and consequences thereof will help us develop strategies to prevent and halt ongoing violations and to deal with them fairly and effectively afterwards.


The website furthermore contains useful information on interesting conferences and meetings and courses, summer-schools and other programs on issues related to international crimes. Most importantly, however, the website contains three databases. First of all the bibliography in which important and relevant literature such as documents, articles and books are categorized under the following research topics: bystanders, case studies, causes, criminology of international crimes, facts and figures, handbooks, international criminal justice, international criminal justice case studies, perpetrators and victims. A second database has internet links to interesting websites, research centers and projects and journals. A third database aims to categorize scholars who are actually involved or interested in research in relation to international crimes. This database includes information on how to contact these scholars and their main areas of research and expertise. This easy-to-use database assists fellow scholars and students alike in contacting scholars and experts from all over the world and making the debate truly international and interdisciplinary.


A hopefully not too ambitious plan is to issue a short newsletter two to four times a year and send it to all affiliated members in order to focus their attention on interesting topics, issues, conferences and/or books and to inform them about changes in the website and databases. It can also be used for calls for papers and research assistance or cooperation.


The website and platform aim to be communicative in nature. This means that the success of the website will depend on the cooperation, information and suggestions of the affiliated scholars. So please if you have ideas on how to structure the website, on the research program or any useful information or suggestion in relation to literature, internet sites, courses, conferences, organizations, scholars or anything else, contact us and we will put the information on the website and/or forward it to all our members.


If you would like to become a member, send an e-mail to us with your name, position, main research interests and expertise and contact details and you will be listed in our database. If you want to be listed without your e-mail address please indicate this explicitly and we will ensure that your e-mail address will not be made public on our website.