Chair holder

The Willy Calewaert Chair (2020) has been appointed to prof. dr. Tom Vander Beken. Because of the covid-pandemic, the lecture series at the VUB is postponed to the autumn of 2021.

Tom Vander Beken is professor at the department of Criminology, Criminal law and Social law of the faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. He is also director of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP).

His research focuses primarily on the reaction (of the criminal justice system) to serious forms of crime with a special focus on the impact on vulnerable groups.

Programme 2020 (postponed: autumn 2021)

Registrations via this link
Participating is free, but registrations are mandatory by the 27th of September 2021.

Inaugural lecture:

You can go home when you're ready.
Reflections on the purpose and contents of custodial sanctions and measures

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Location: Aula I 2.03

Lecture 2:

Travelling to learn.
A travel report on European and South-African prisons

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021

Time: 11:00 -13:00

Location: Aula I 2.03

Lecture 3:

Purpose and contents of the temporary prison sentence.
On conditionality and the right to humane detention

Date: Tuesday 23 november 2021

Time: 11:00 -13:00

Location: Aula I 2.03

Lecture 4:

Internment: Backgrounds, problems and alternatives

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Time: 11:00 -13:00

Location: Aula I 2.03

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