Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Frank Weerman (editor-in-chief)

Frank Weerman is an endowed professor Youth Criminology at the Erasmus School of Law and senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement in Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD degree from of Groningen University on a study about social bonds and delinquency, and was postdoc researcher at the University of Twente, where he wrote a book about co-offending. His research interests included juvenile delinquency and criminological theory, and radicalization and terrorism research. Much of his research focused on the role of peers and groups in delinquent behaviour, and he coordinated several longitudinal studies among young people to investigate their development and their criminal behaviour.


Demiano Akerina (managing editor)

Demiano Akerina is a master student at the Erasmus School of Law. After successfully completing his bachelor in Medicine at Erasmus MC, he decided to broaden his horizon first by doing a (pre-)master in Healthcare law. To further explore his affinity with International and European Union Law, he became student-assistant at the IEUL department of Erasmus School of Law.


Dr. Nina Holvast

Nina Holvast is an interdisciplinary researcher with an education in both law and the social sciences. She is appointed as Assistant Professor at the department Sociology, Theory and Methodology of Law at the Erasmus School of Law. In addition to her research activities, she teaches various Bachelor and Master courses in Socio-Legal Studies and (legal) research methods. Nina’s research focusses on the functioning of legal institutions, in particular courts, and the legal profession. She is particularly interested in conducting empirical research on how legal professionals deal with various organisational, professional and ethical concerns in fulfilling their duties. Nina has published in various peer reviewed journals, such as the International Journal of the Legal Profession. Additionally, in 2017 she published her PhD research In the Shadow of the Judge: the Involvement of Judicial Assistants in Dutch District Courts at Eleven International publishing. Nina has been an academic visitor of the Judicial Institute of University College London and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. She is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops, e.g. at the Council of the State and various Courts of Appeal. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Dutch socio-legal journal Recht der Werkelijkheid.


Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko

Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko is an assistant professor at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Erasmus School of Law. She is also the academic coordinator of the European Doctorate in Law & Economics (EDLE), and a lecturer of the master course Economic Analysis of Public Law. She holds two bachelor degrees in law and psychology from the University of Haifa; two master degrees: LL.M. from the University of Haifa and the degree of European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, cum laude) from the University of Hamburg, University of Ghent and University of Vienna. Elena obtained her PhD degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Hamburg (summa cum laude) and the University of Bologna. In the past, Elena worked as a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Israel. Elena’s research is very interdisciplinary with main expertise in criminal law and economics, behavioral and experimental law and economics, international criminal law. In 2019, she has obtained a EUR Fellowship and is now working on a large project on Nudges and Transparency (the use of behavioral insights in policy-making). Elena is a member in the Editorial Board of the book series Economic Analysis of Law, published by Springer Gabler.


Prof. Dr. Xandra Kramer

Xandra Kramer (www.xandrakramer.eu) holds a chair in European Civil Procedure at Erasmus School of Law. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Leiden University, where she has also worked as an assistant professor. Her conducts research and lectures in the area of private international law, international litigation, arbitration, mediation, and European private law, and takes an interest in empirical and policy-oriented legal research. She is editor-in-chief of a Dutch journal on Private International Law. She was project leader of several studies for the Dutch Ministry of Justice and for the European Parliament. She held a visiting chair at Leuven University in 2013-2014, and has been a guest professor and scholar at several other universities, including Stanford Law School, the Foreign Trade University (Hanoi) and Koç University (Istanbul). She is Deputy Judge in the District Court of Rotterdam.


Prof. Mr. Dr. Madeleine Merkx

Madeleine Merkx is a professor of indirect taxes specialized in EU VAT. She is the program director of the Post Master Indirecte Belastingen (PMIB) and top level seminar on EU VAT of European Fiscal Studies Erasmus University. She teaches bachelor courses in VAT and advanced courses in VAT in the masters program indirect taxes. Next to her position at Erasmus University she works as a partner at the Tax Research Center of BDO where she is responsible for knowledge and education in the area of VAT and customs. She is also a deputy judge at the Haarlem district court, a board member of the Vereniging voor Belastingwetenschap and a board member of Stichting Opleiding Belastingadviseurs (an organization focusing on training of young tax professionals that aspire to be a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors).

In her research she specializes on the impact of digitalization on the EU VAT system and sustainability and VAT. With her research she contributes to the current societal debate as regards these issues. In her research she applies both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. She is on the editorial board of FED (a case law journal) and Maandblad Belastingbeschouwingen (a journal that offers peer review). She is a regular contributor of several renowned tax journals and is often invited as a speaker at conferences both in the Netherlands as well as abroad. In 2015 she won the Stevensprijs for her publications.


Prof. Dr. René Repasi

René Repasi is Professor of Public and Private Interests at Erasmus School of Law and Director of the Erasmus Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (ECEFG). He is also acting as vice-head of the Department of International and European Union Law at ESL. He is specialised in EU law, and here, in particular in the field of EU economic law. His most recent research was on Brexit and the law of the Economic and Monetary Union. RenĂ© Repasi is a trained private lawyer and holds his PhD from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) in the field of Private International Law (summa cum laude), in which he conduct research on the impact of the principle of supremacy of EU law on the Private International law of the Member States. He was appointed as legal expert for the European Parliament, the European Commission and the German Bundestag in matters relating to his core expertise. In 2018/2020 he was permanent expert member of the Committee of Inquiry on 'Brexit' of the Parliament of Nordrhein-Westfalen. He was guest professor and scholar at the Universities of Wroclaw (Poland) and Paris 2. He is also involved as case drafter and judge in the regional finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC).


Prof. Mr. Sanne Struijk

Sanne Struijk is associate professor of Criminal Law at Erasmus School of Law as well as endowed professor of Penology and Penitentiary Law at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. At both universities she teaches bachelor and master courses on substantive law, penal sanctions law, penitentiary law and penology. Her main research focus is on the imposition and execution of penal sanctions. She is particularly interested in the mutual dynamics between legislator, penitentiary administration, public prosecutor and judiciary. In 2011 Sanne obtained her PhD degree from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam on a study of the legal approach of repeat offenders. As a further result of that study she published an article in the peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences & the Law in 2015. Besides various other publications in Dutch journals, she has published several book chapters as well as academic reports. Her most recent publications were an evaluation study of the legal system and practice of conditional release of prisoners as well as a mixed methods study on the effects of penal protection orders on the safety of victims. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Dutch journal Sancties and a sub-editor of a section in the Dutch journal Delikt en Delinkwent. Besides being a member of the independent supervisory committee in the prison of Rotterdam, she is also a Deputy Judge in the criminal court of Rotterdam.


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