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Sonja Snacken

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Sonja Snacken is Professor of Criminology, Penology and Sociology of Law. Her research focuses on (comparative) penality and different forms of (extreme) institutional dependency. She has been involved in over 40 (inter)national research projects, with a special emphasis on the integration of an empirical social scientist and human rights approach. She was Research Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, New York University School of Law (2010-2011) and is Collaborateur-membre of the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée, Université de Montréal (since 2010). She was awarded the Belgian Francqui Chair at the Université Catholique de Louvain (2008-2009), the Ernest-John Solvay Prize for Scientific Excellence in the Human and Social Sciences by the National Science Foundation (FWO, 2010) and the 2015 European Criminology Award by the European Society of Criminology.


Research Line 1: PENOLOGY




Courses taught at the VUB 

Penology and Prison Law

Sociology of law

Penology (advanced Master course)



#Prison studies

#Comparative penology

#Penal policies and human rights

#Prisoners’ rights


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels