23 Oct 09:00
- 17:00
A Criminal Law event

Police Practices and Beliefs about Suspect Interviews in Europe

Location: University College Maastricht (UCM)
Zwingelput 4, Room: Lecture Hall (B0.014)


The conference will present the results and discuss the implications of a self-reported survey of police investigators concerning suspect interviews in Europe. The survey was conducted across six countries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

As suspect interviews are vital to the process of solving crimes and serving justice, improving interviewing practices is essential. Little is known about what actually happens in suspect interviews in Europe. To shed light on police practices and beliefs, the self-report survey of North American police investigators by Kassin and colleagues (2007) was replicated. An adapted version of their instrument covered the following topics: suspect rights, frequency and length of interviews, interview recording, interviewing techniques, deception detection, and (false) confessions.



09:30-09:40  Opening and welcome

Keynote by Prof. dr. Saul Kassin (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Country presentations:
Prof. dr. Renate Volbert (Germany)
Dr. Jaume Masip (Spain) 
Dr. Sara Landström (Sweden)
Dr. Trond Myklebust (Norway)
Prof. dr. Miet Vanderhallen (Belgium)
Dr. Jenny Schell-Leugers (Netherlands)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Comparative European analysis 


Workshop 1: Challenges for interview training (room D0.033)
Workshop 2: Policy implications for suspect interviewing (room D0.039 / 0.041)
Workshop 3: Future research on suspect interviews (room D1.037)

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

Final discussion and action plan


The participation fee is € 25 including lunch for regular participants and free for invited speakers. 
Registration and payment by 15 October (via the green button on the right side of this page).


This event is financed by University College Maastricht, University Fund Limburg (SWOL) and Maastricht Working on Europe. 

SWOL aims to support scientific research and education at Maastricht University. Science is a crucial building block to achieve a better future for next generations.

The aim of Maastricht, Working on Europe is to position Maastricht as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a Centre of Excellence for research on Europe and European integration. In short: a workplace for a better Europe. For everyone. Website: www.maastrichteurope.nl, Twitter: @WorkingOnEurope. 

We also thank the Faculty of Law and the Research Support office for their support.