John Vervaele (1956) was honored Master of Laws (J.D./LL.M) and Master in Criminology (MA) at the University of Ghent (Belgium). Between 1980 and 1985 he was assistant researcher in criminal law and criminal procedural law at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). From 1985 till 1987 he was senior researcher at the Belgian Ministry of Justice. In 1987 he left for the Dutch Institute for Social and Economic Law Research (NISER) at the University of Utrecht. Following the successful defense of his doctorate thesis in 1988 he was in 1990 appointed Assistant Professor in criminal law and criminal procedure and secured the prestigious PIONIER subsidy of the Dutch Council for Scientific Research for the 'Enforcement of European Law' project (1991‑1997). He established in 1991 the Centre for Enforcement of European Law at the University of Utrecht and was subsequently appointed Professor/Director in Law Enforcement and European Integration in 1992. Since 1996 he is also Professor in Economic and Financial Criminal Law at the University of Utrecht. From 2003 on he is vice-dean and director of research of the Utrecht Law School. In 2006 he was nominated vice-president of Utrecht University for Latin America.

He is actually teaching economic & environmental criminal law and procedure, tax criminal law and procedure, European criminal law and procedure. The main topics in his research field are: enforcement of Union law; standards of due law, procedural safeguards and human rights; criminal law and procedure and regional integration; comparative economic and financial criminal law; terrorism and criminal procedure. He has realized a lot of research in this areas, both for Dutch Departments and European Institutions and worked as well as a consultant for them..

He has been very active in the field of European criminal law both in the area of enforcement of community law and in the third pillar area. Beside his scholarly work he had the lead of several research projects in the field, both for Dutch Ministries and the European Community and the European Union. M. Delmas Marty and he directed the Corpus Juris project 2000.

He is regularly teaching as visiting professor in foreign universities, in Europe and overseas, mostly topics touching upon economic and financial criminal law and European criminal law. His teaching was not limited to the University but does include regularly teaching to the judiciary (in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Czechia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria),  to the Bar (in the Netherlands, Spain) and to the Police Academy (in the Netherlands and Belgium). He has been teaching as a visiting Professor at Universities in Italy (Rome, Parma, Trento), in Spain (San Sebastian, Salamanca), in Switzerland (Freiburg), in Belgium (Liège), in Colombia (Bogotà, Ibague), in Mexico (D.F) and in the United States (Columbia Law School in New York and American University in Washington DC). He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the world organization for criminal law AIDP and general AIDP rapporteur on criminal procedure for the next world conference.

  • P.C. Adriaanse, T. Barkhuysen, P. Boswijk, K. Habib, C. De Kruif, M.J.J.P. Luchtman, W. den Ouden, A. Prechal, B. Steunenberg,  J.A.E. Vervaele, W.J.M. Voermans,
  • S.A. de Vries en R.J.G.M. Widdershoven,  Implementatie van EU-handhavingsvoorschriften, Boom Juridische uitgevers, 2008,  388 p.
  • J.A.E. Vervaele, La Legislación antiterrorista en Estados Unidos. Inter arma silent leges? Buenos Aires, Estudios del Puerto, 2007, 103 p.
  • J.A.E. Vervaele, El derecho penal europeo. Del derecho penal económico y financiero a un derecho penal federal, Ubijus, Mexico, 2006, 590 p.
  • A.M. Hol & J.A.E. Vervaele (eds.), Security and Civil Liberties: The Case of Terrorism, Yearbook Utrecht Law Review, Intersentia, Antwerp-Oxford, 2005, 165 p.
  • J.A.E. Vervaele (ed.), European evidence warrant. Transnational Judicial Inquiries in the EU, Intersentia, Antwerp-Oxford, 2005, 318 p.

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