Maartje van der Woude

Professor of Sociology of Law, Leiden Law School

Other affiliations

Centre for Criminology


Maartje van der Woude is Professor of Law and Society at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and holds her chair in the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society. She is also affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo and the Center for the International Comparative Study of Criminology at the University of Montreal. In 2018 Van der Woude won the Young Scientist Award in the Humanities for both her academic work so far as well as her active participation in public debates. Van der Woude is on the board of directors of CINETS, the transnational, interdisciplinary network of crimmigration scholars, serves as  Associate Director of Oxford University’s academic network, Border Criminologies, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association.  Her work examines the politics and dialectics of terrorism/crime control, immigration control and border control and the growing merger of all three, also referred to as the process of crimmigration. She is currently working on a 5-year research project - “Getting to the Core of Crimmigration” - that was funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Maartje has a particular interest in the different ways in which local state and non-state actors use their powers and formal and informal rules and regulations to either resist or support European and national policies on the management of cross-border mobility. In doing so, she aims to address questions of exceptionalism, belonging, race, national identity and sovereignty. Van der Woude has published extensively, in the form of books, book chapters and both in national and international peer reviewed journals such as  Law and Social Inquiry, Policing and Society, the European Journal for Criminology and the New Criminal Law Review. She is currently co-editing a book for Fordham University Press: Crimmigrant Nations: Resurgent Nationalism and the Closing of Borders (expected March 2020).

Research Interests

Border Policing, Crimmigration, Counter-Terrorism

Research projects & programmes

Border Criminologies