Prof. Dr. Jelle Janssens

Assistant Professor Criminal Law and Criminology IRCP since 01 October 2015

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+32 (0)9 264 69 59
+32 (0)9 264 69 71

Universiteitstraat 4
B-9000 Gent
Office 053, Wing C-6

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Author Bio:

born on 15 April 1981
Job description:
Doctoral assistant criminal law and criminology at Ghent university - from 01 April 2013 to 18 November 2013
IRCP Membership:
Assistant Professor Criminal Law and Criminology IRCP since 01 October 2015
Member IRCP since 01 April 2007

Brief CV:


Jelle Janssens (1981) is an assistant professor at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law of  the Faculty of Law (Ghent University) and a member of the Institute of International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP). He  holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology (Ghent University, 2005) and in Public Management (Ghent University, 2006). He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Ghent University in March 2013. The research focused on plural policing and international police missions in transitional societies through a case study of Kosovo.

His research interests focus on policing in post-conflict environments, (international) criminal policy and law enforcement, organized crime, community policing and plural policing.

He started his academic career in 2006 as a researcher with the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Ghent University), where he supported the development of a digital platform facilitating the use of management instruments in the social economy sector. In 2007, while working as a project coordinator for The Flemish Network for Business Ethics, he was responsible for the organizational and administrative progress of a project implementing key elements of sustainable development in the Flemish higher education system. In that same year, he successfully applied for the position of research assistant at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law at the Faculty of Law at Ghent University to pursue a Ph.D. degree in criminology. He has been involved in research projects focusing on corruption and integrity systems (Transparency International), organized crime (scenario studies, music piracy, criminal money management, organized VAT fraud and the illicit tobacco trade), CCTV-policies (smart cities and CCTV policies in Genk) and the police (the scale and size of police sectors in Limburg, Belgium).

Current and ongoing research focusses on the peace process in Colombia (organized crime, the FARC – ELN and transition – he has been invited as an expert for the Colombian police), on radicalization in prison setting (research on behalf of the Flemish Government, ongoing), financing of organized crime (research funded by the European Commission, ongoing), plural security in transitional societies (expert for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Defense, ongoing), outlaw motorcycle gangs (In cooperation with the Belgian Federal Police - ongoing), police reform in Belgium (for the Belgian Ministry of the Interior, ongoing). He is an expert member of the European Network for the Administrative Approach against Organized Crime and has served as an expert on policing within the European Union Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN).

At Ghent University, he teaches the following courses: Organized crime (Master Criminology, LLM, since 2013), Management of the criminal justice system (Master Criminology, since 2015), Criminology of the criminal justice system (2nd Bachelor Criminology, 2014-2017), Financial and Economic Crimes (since 2017), Victimology (since 2017), Project: Contemporary Criminology (since 2016).  

IRCP function:
Assistant Professor Criminal Law and Criminology
2016 - present: European Research Group on Military and Society
2016 - present: European Society of Criminology