Global Criminal Justice in The Hague (Criminology)

Ref: 10003029


First year, Criminology (M21147), Policing (L43581) and Criminal Investigation (L43561) students enrolled on The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context (CRIM1009) module are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The Hague is a key location for criminal justice, at both European and Global levels. The city has been a focus for international cooperation on justice and human rights for over a century. This trip will seek to visit and interact with key institutions in the city including:

This trip will focus on placing criminal justice into historic context, through the Prison Museum and Peace Palace. This will show the ancient history of how justice used to be delivered, and then the major societal changes which drove the shift towards rights-based justice. The Hague’s role as an international centre of policing will then be highlighted through examining the role of Europol in coordinating criminal investigations across the continent.

The NFI will not be visited, but forensic scientists from the organisation will explain the role that forensic science plays within the Dutch courts and also their internationally renowned research and innovation. The ICC will show how courts use evidence (including forensic evidence) in making their decisions and also focus on the devastating crimes which are prosecuted through their courtrooms.

Cultural activities

In addition, students will have an opportunity to explore the cultural and historic landmarks in the Hague. There are many museums, art galleries, and shopping districts in the Hague, which
students will be able to visit as part of this opportunity. This will likely include a visit to the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery to see the world-renowned Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Dutch immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Netherlands and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 7 April 2019
  • Return date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits & tours (£50), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am