1 Feb 2018
UM Star Lecture in Maastricht

Silence is Silver, Speech is Gold; Whistle-blowing, deals and tip-offs

The boundaries between ‘leaking’, ‘spinning’, ‘snitching’ and ‘blowing the whistle’ seem to be blurring. What has happened to the old virtue of keeping one’s mouth shut? What prize are we willing to pay to reveal ‘the truth’ and increase transparency? This lecture reflects on the trend to use all kinds of incentives to lower the threshold for criminals, employees, and regular citizens to report on alleged misconduct in their environment. Increasingly, people are invited to report crime and irregularities to the media, compliance units within companies or external whistleblowing systems. (Lecture is in Dutch)

About the speaker

Hans Nelen

Hans Nelen is Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He has an academic background in both criminology and law. Between 1986 and the beginning of 2001, Nelen was employed as a senior researcher and research supervisor at the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands (WODC),  mainly involved in drug, fraud, organized crime, corporate crime and police research. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a senior lecturer/associate professor and senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology of the VU University Amsterdam. Since January 1 2007 Nelen has been working as a Professor of Criminology at Maastricht University (UM). He is also director of the master programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law and Chair of the Centre for Information and Research on Organized Crime (CIROC).

Nelen has conducted research and published extensively on a variety of criminological subjects, including drugs, corruption, fraud, organized crime and corporate crime. His recent publications focus on sports and crime and on innovative strategies to prevent and contain serious forms of crime.