Department: Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC)

Launched in January 2007, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) is composed of about ninety professors, PhD researchers and assistants involved in criminological research and education within the KU Leuven Faculty of Law.

Research within LINC is divided into 8 research lines and the work of the RE-TREAT project falls within the remit of the fourth research line, Restorative Justice and Victimology. Within this research group a number of scientific investigations into the experiences of victims of sexual violence have been undertaken, including projects working with survivors of sexual abuse that took place within the Catholic church, and projects examining the potential of restorative justice in cases of sexual violence.

Three members of LINC staff will be involved in the Re-TREAT project. Monique Anderson, a doctoral candidate whose PhD research examines the justice interests of people who were sexually abused when young by another child from within their family circle. Evelien Claes is a researcher who is involved in the Bachelors and Masters programme at KU Leuven on the subject of restorative justice and victimology. The project will be supervised by Professor Doctor Antony Pemberton, who has published over 80 articles, books and book chapters on the subject of victimology


Prof. Antony Pemberton

Antony Pemberton (1975, London, UK) is currently Professor of Restorative Justice at the Leuven Institute of Criminology and Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Amsterdam. As part of the latter position he is seconded to Tilburg University as a professor of Victimology. His research is a wide-ranging attempt to gain further insight into victimological perspectives on justice. In doing so he draws on a variety of source disciplines, including political science, social and moral psychology, criminology, legal philosophy, ethics and criminal law. Much of his work has a strong theoretical emphasis, but includes empirical studies as well, while maintaining a clear link with victim-oriented policy and other practical applications. Antony has published over 80 articles, books and book chapters on the subject of victimology. Amongst others he has co-authored a book on victims of terrorism, co-edited a volume on victims of international crimes, published a series of articles connecting social and clinical psychology to victimology in theories of restorative justice and completed evaluations of the Dutch victim impact statement, mediation in criminal proceedings and the European Union Framework Decision on victims in criminal proceedings. He is the daily supervisor of seven PhD-students. As an adviser to the EU he played a key role in the development of the EU-directive on victims’ rights. In 2013 he was awarded a personal VENI-grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). In 2015 his PhD-student Eva Mulder was awarded a Research Talent grant from the same organisation. As main proposer in 2018 he was awarded a COST-Action (CA18121) on Cultures of Victimology. The action will run from 2019 to 2023


Dr Monique Anderson

In addition to researching in the RE-TREAT project, Monique is also conducting research in the European Commission funded RE-JUSTICE project, which will design, deliver and evaluate training for judges and public prosecutors in Greece, Italy and Spain on restorative justice. Monique is also co-chair of working group four (victimology in youth and emerging cultures) of the COST Action 18121 on Cultural Victimology. Monique is also working on her PhD research which examines the justice needs of people who, when young, were sexually abused by another child from within their family circle. Formerly the Director of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Monique’s previous roles in the United Kingdom include: Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Coordinator (Home Office Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Unit), Community Safety Coordinator, roles within Youth Offending Teams and Prisoner Officer. Monique holds a Master’s in Criminology, a PGdip in Forensic and Legal Psychology and a BSc in Psychological Sciences


Dr Evelien Claes

Evelien is a researcher and teaching assistant for research line 4 ‘Restorative Justice and Victimology ‘ and research line 8 ‘punishment and control’ at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (KU Leuven), which includes: co-facilitating, teaching and supervising Master’s theses and courses on the subject of restorative justice and victimology and supervising internships and Bachelor’s theses on the subject of criminal justice and welfare. Evelien is currently involved in the non-profit organization Eigen Kracht Conferenties as freelance coordinator, which uses the principles of Family Group Conferencing on cases that include minors in worrying situations of any kind. Evelien holds a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work