Prof Dr Peter van Koppen (P.J.)
Professional career history
Peter van Koppen (1953) is professor of Law and Psychology at the departments of law of both Maastricht University and the Free University Amsterdam. He is a psychologist. He studied psychology at Groningen University (graduation 1978) and law at Groningen University and Amsterdam University. He received a J.D. in 1984 from Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1978 until 1992 he worked at the Law Faculty of that university, first in civil law, later in criminal law. From the foundation in 1992 until 2008 he worked at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) at Leiden.
Between 1998 and 2003 he was professor of Psychology and Law at Antwerp University, Belgium. Van Koppen is Past-President of the European Association for Psychology and Law. He is co-editor of Psychology, Crime, and Law. He is fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) te Wassenaar. He was expert witness in some 300 civil and criminal cases. He serves on the Government Board of the Dutch Register of Court Experts.
Together with D.J. Hessing, Van Koppen initiated the criminology programs at Leiden University, Free University Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Van Koppen has been scientific advisor to police investigation squads, member of the Task Force in Ritual Abuse of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and member of the National Expertise Group on Special Vice Cases of the Dutch College of Prosecutors-General.