Piet Hein van Kempen to become the new dean of the Faculty of Law

Date of news: 11 December 2017

Piet Hein van Kempen will be the new dean of the Faculty of Law. Since March 2017, he has been a member of the faculty board as the vice dean of research. As of 1 January 2018, he will succeed Steven Bartels, who will now be dedicating himself entirely to research.

Kempen, Piet Hein van

Van Kempen is professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law. He studied Dutch law at the University of Tilburg, where he also received his PhD. Since 2003, Van Kempen has been working at the Faculty of Law in Nijmegen. In 2007, he was appointed as professor. Since 2011, he has been the head of the Criminal Law & Criminology department.

In particular, his education and research involve Dutch substantive criminal law and criminal procedure law, European criminal law, international and European human rights, transnational criminal law, and comparative criminal law. Van Kempen has also given a great deal of attention to public international law, other legal disciplines (including administrative law and civil procedure law), and legal theory in various publications. In addition, he collaborates regularly with criminologists and other social scientists. Van Kempen is a part-time Justice in the Court of Appeals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Secretary General of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation.

The faculty board is composed of a dean, two vice deans, and an administrative director. The vice dean of education is responsible for handling educational policy and educational affairs, while the vice dean of research handles research policy and research affairs. A student assessor also acts as an advisory member of the faculty board. This person represents the interests of the students in board matters.