Project Description

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Department of Criminology
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel
Room 4B331
+32(0)2 629 2644


Sonja Snacken is Professor of Criminology, Penology and Sociology of Law. Her research focuses on (comparative) penality and different forms of (extreme) institutional dependency. She has been involved in over 40 (inter)national research projects, with a special emphasis on the integration of an empirical social scientist and human rights approach. She was Research Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, New York University School of Law (2010-2011) and is Collaborateur-membre of the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée, Université de Montréal (since 2010). She was awarded the Belgian Francqui Chair at the Université Catholique de Louvain (2008-2009), the Ernest-John Solvay Prize for Scientific Excellence in the Human and Social Sciences by the National Science Foundation (FWO, 2010) and the 2015 European Criminology Award by the European Society of Criminology.

Current teaching:
Currently appointed as Vicerector International Relations of the VUB, hence exempted from teaching assignments.

Previous education:
Master in Law; Master in Criminology; Doctor in Criminology