I joined the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility of Maastricht University in April 2022 as a Senior Researcher responsible for researching cross-border crime control cooperation and leading ITEMs academic program. As Professor Emeritus in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors I am still serving Coventry University’s impactfull research agenda. Before I came back to Limburg, the region that I was born and raised in, I taught and researched at Universities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, and the UK. I hold a LLB, LLM and Ph.D. in International Law and a M.Sc. in Political Science, which allows me to combine the knowledge and understanding of international politics and public international law. I research the roles, rights and responsibilities of non-state actors from the perspective of law and politics and focus momentarily on the organisation of security.
My research comprehends a wide spectrum of security and conflict, crime and crime-control, including armed opposition groups, transnational organised criminal organizations, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations , terrorism, and private security contractors. In particularly, I address the complexity of cross border crime control in a world where the mobility of transnational criminals and organised criminal groups is growing.
Before and during my academic career I have worked with and within non-governmental organizations in the fields of environment, development and humanitarian aid. From 2018 untill 2020 I partly returned to the NGO world as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). It was an experience beyond words, which could make a marvel(lous) basis for a semi-fictive novel.