Antony Pemberton

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Prof. dr. Antony Pemberton (1975, London, UK) is Full Professor of Victimology and Director of the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT).

His research is a wide-ranging attempt to gain further insight into victimological perspectives on justice. In doing so he draws on a variety of source disciplines, including political science, social and moral psychology, criminology, (legal) philosophy and criminal law. Much of his work has a strong theoretical emphasis, but includes empirical studies as well, while maintaining a clear link with victim-oriented policy and other practical applications.

Dr. Pemberton has published over 80 articles, books and book chapters on the subject of victimology. Amongst others he has co-authored a book on victims of terrorism, co-edited a voluma on victims of international crimes,  published a series of articles about victims restorative justice and completed evaluations of the Dutch victim impact statement and the European Union Framework Decision on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings. He is the daily supervisor of five PhD-students working on victims in the criminal justice system. In 2013 he was awarded a VENI-grant by the Dutch Science Foundation. As an expert adviser to the European Commission he played an important role in the development of the  EU-directive on victims rights. Currently -together with Rianne Letschert - he leads the Intervict Reparations Initiative.

His teaching covers a wide range of victimological subjects. In INTERVICT's Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice he covers social-psychological and sociological approaches to victimology in the course Theories and Perspectives on Victimisation, while adressing issues of ethics, moral philosophy and psychology in connection to victimology in the course Ethics and Victimology.

He chairs the European Society of Criminology's working group on Victimology, a member of the scientific advisory board of Dutch Victim Support and a steering group member of the Academic Working Place 'Slachtofferhulp 2020' with the same organisation.



February 2007 - present:Senior researcher and research coordinator International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg

-Development research programme

-Development research proposals (EU: ERC-grants, Framework Programme, DG Justice. NL: WODC, Council for the Judiciary, Achmea Victims Fund, Victim Support Fund), securing funding for research proposals (see under Grants Awarded)

-Project-management and leadership externally funded, third-tier projects. Amongst others the evaluation of Victim Impact Statements in the Netherlands, the EU-Framework Decision on victims of crime and the development of the quality monitor for victim assistance in the Netherlands.

-Conducting research activities that fall under subprogramme A, B and C of the research programme (see publications). In that capacity also supervisor (co-promotor) of two PhD students.

-Co-editor books on victims of terrorism (Letschert, Staiger, Pemberton, 2010) and victims of international crimes (De Brouwer, Letschert, Haveman, Pemberton, 2011)

-N.B. Concurrently obtained PhD in victimology at the same institute.

October 2002 - January 2007:Senior staff member/ Scientific adviser Slachtofferhulp Nederland (Victim Support the Netherlands), Utrecht

-Development and management research programme

-Policy development and innovation; project-leader of pilot-projects, amongst others

  • Child victims of crime
  • Repeat victimisation
  • Victim-offender encounters and restorative justice
  • Case-management for co-victims of homicide

-European liaison activities

  • Coordination and development of EU-projects
  • Representative Slachtofferhulp Nederland in European Forum for Victim Services
  • Member restructuring committee EFVS
  • Liaison between EFVS and European Forum for Restorative Justice

-Adviser and speech-writer CEO Slachtofferhulp Nederland

May 2000 ? September 2002: Researcher at Research voor Beleid, Leiden

-Researcher justice and home affairs

- Development research proposals

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Antony's teaching covers a wide range of victimological subjects. In INTERVICT's Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice he covers social-pscychological and sociological approaches to victimology in the course Theories and Perspectives on Victimisation, while adressing issues of ethics, moral philosophy and psychology in connection to victimology in the course Theories and Empirical Perspectives on Justice.

Moreover, together with Kim Lens, he teaches the course Psychology and Criminology in the first year of TLS' new Global Law Bachelor

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PhD supervision

Co-Promotor Malini S, Laxminarayan

Co-Promotor Kim M.E. Lens

Co-Promotor Frida Whedon

Co-Promotor Annemarie Ten Boom


  • Crime
  • Restorative Justice
  • Criminology
  • Violence
  • Victimology
  • Criminology Of International Crimes


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