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Monica den Boer PDF Print E-mail

VU Universty Amsterdam




  • Governance of EU justice and home affairs
  • International police co-operation (counter-terrorism, organised crime)
  • Good governance aspects of policing and intelligenge-exchange


Books and reports
Monica den Boer & Roel Fernhout (2008), ''Policing Police: Police Oversight Mechanisms in Europe: Towards a Comparative Overview of Ombudsmen and Their Competencies'', Background Report for the Asia-Europe Foundation'.

Monica den Boer & Jaap de Wilde (2008)  (eds.), Human Security, Amsterdam University Press.

“Governing Transnational Law Enforcement in the EU: Accountability after the Fuse between Internal and External Security”, in Jaap de Wilde and Monica den Boer (2008) (eds.), Human Security. Amsterdam University Press, 2008.

Monica den Boer (2007), “A Diagnosis of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: remedies and reforms in the domains of immigration, terrorism and security”, in S. Blockmans and S. Prechal (eds.), Reconciling the Deepening and Widening of the European Union, The Hague, TMC Asser Press, pp. 13-28.
Refereed articles
Monica den Boer, Claudia Hillebrand and Andreas Noelke (2008), Legitimacy Under Pressure: The European Web of Counter-Terrorism Networks, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 101-124. Peer-reviewed.

Monica den Boer (2007), “Wake-Up Call for the Lowlands: Dutch  counterterrorism from a comparative perspective”, in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20, nr. 2, June 2007. Peer-reviewed, 285-302.

Monica den Boer and Willy Bruggeman (2007), “Shifting Gear: Europol in the Contemporary Policing Era”, in Politique européenne, special issue Union européenne et sécurité intérieure: institutionnalisation et fragmentation, nr 27, automne 2007, pp. 77-91. Peer reviewed.


  • 1986-1990, Research Student in the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence. Doctoral degree awarded on 12-11-1990.
  • 1988-89 Erasmus student at the Law Faculty (CCSPSL) of the University  of Edinburgh, Scotland.      
  • 1981-1986 Tilburg University (Faculteit der Letteren), The Netherlands; graduation in Language and Literature on 15-5-1986. Specialisation in Text Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and Legal Communication


Dutch, English, French, German, Italian


2009 – Member of committee Davids; investigation of the decision making process behind the Dutch support for the 2003 Iraq invasion
2004 -    Professor, Police Academy Chair Comparative Public Administration, “Internationalisation of the Police Function”, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
2003 -    Academic Dean (formerly Director of Research and Knowledge Development), Police Academy of The Netherlands, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
2002-2003    Managing Director EULEC (Institute for European Law Enforcement Administration), Brussels
1999-2002    Associate Professor Public Administration, Centre for Law, Public Administration and Informatisation, Tilburg University
1996-1999    Senior Lecturer Justice and Home Affairs, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht
1995-1996    Research Secondment to Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Police Investigation Methods
1994-1995    Post Doc Researcher NISCALE: Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Leiden
1991-1993    Researcher, Project A System of European Police Cooperation after 1992, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Vice-President of the Board of the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague
  • Member of the Committee of European Integration (CEI) of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).
  • Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges
  • Trainer in external seminars Clingendael Institute, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Swedish Defence College
  • Member of Project Group Dutch Ministry of Defence
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Policing and Society
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Policing
  • Member of the Editorial Council of Secondant
  • Member of the Editorial Council of Veiligheid
  • Former Member of Advisory Committees, e.g. Committee on Security (Programma Andere Overheid), Adviescommissie Informatiestromen Veiligheid