Cedric Ryngaert presenteert paper

Op 2 juni 2017 presenteerde Cedric Ryngaert een paper getiteld “Hands-off Prosecution” – Feasibility of the European Approach”. Hij presenteerde zijn paper op de conferentie over “Prosecuting Companies for Human Rights Violations Abroad?” op de Universiteit van Basel te Zwitserland. Voorts nam Ryngaert op 3 en 4 juni 2017 deel aan een workshop van de Association Internationale de Droit Pénal. Hierbij presenteerde hij het Nederlandse rapport over jurisdictie met betrekking tot bedrijfscriminaliteit. Klik hier voor het programma van de conferentie.



Ucall Conference on Accountability and International Business Operations

Don’t forget to register for the Ucall Conference on Accountability and International Business Operations. The Ucall Conference will be held at Utrecht University on 19 and 20 May 2017.


The adverse effects of multinational corporations’ business activities, especially on human rights, labor rights, and the environment in the host country of investment, have been well documented. A consensus has also emerged that corporations have social and environmental responsibilities when operating transnationally. However, how exactly corporations can be held legally accountable for their transgressions, if at all, is less clear.

This conference inquires how regulatory tools stemming from international law, public law, and private law may or may not be used for transnational corporate accountability purposes. Attention will be devoted to applicable standards of liability, institutional and jurisdictional issues, and practical challenges, with a focus on ways to improve the existing legal status quo. In addition, there will be consideration of the extent to which non-legal regulatory instruments may complement or provide (more viable) alternatives to these legal mechanisms. The conference combines legal-doctrinal approaches with interdisciplinary and policy insights.

Keynote speakers

  • Larry Backer (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Karin Buhmann (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Geert van Calster (KU Leuven)
  • Jan Eijsbouts (formerly University of Maastricht/AKZO-Nobel)
  • Liesbeth Enneking (Utrecht University)
  • Judith van Erp (Utrecht University)
  • Gilles Goedhart (Ministery of Foreign Affairs)
  • Nicola Jägers (Tilburg University)
  • Radu Mares (Raoul Wallenberg Institute)
  • Martijn Scheltema (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Oliver de Schutter (KU Leuven)
  • Michelle Jonker-Argueta (Greenpeace International)
  • Vibe Garf Ulfbeck (University of Copenhagen)
  • Jan van Wijngaarden (SER)
  • Jennifer Zerk (Jennifer Zerk Consulting
  • Martina Gasser (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)

Conference fees

  • Regular: 150 euro
  • PhD Candidate: 75 euro
  • Student: 35 euro

Click here to view the full program. Click here to sign up for the conference.


The conference is organized by a team of researchers from the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law: Prof. Ivo Giesen (private law), Dr. Liesbeth Enneking (private law), Prof. François Kristen (criminal law), Anne-Jetske Schaap (criminal law), Prof. Cedric Ryngaert (international law), and Lucas Roorda (international law).

For further questions regarding the conference, please contact us through



Ferry de Jong in de Volkskrant

Op 25 april gaf Ferry de Jong uitleg bij het bericht in de Volkskrant over de Arnhemse zaak waarin een stel dat werd overvallen hun overvaller doodreed met een auto. Hij besprak daarin twee arresten van de Hoge Raad over de grenzen van een noodweerverweer in het strafrecht. Lees hier verder.



Ivo Giesen nieuwe onderzoeksdirecteur Rechtsgeleerdheid en directeur van het G.J. Wiarda Instituut

Per 1 april is Ucall’er Ivo Giesen aangesteld als onderzoeksdirecteur van het departement Rechtsgeleerdheid en directeur van het G.J. Wiarda Instituut. Hij volgt hiermee Ucall’er Rob Widdershoven op, die na ruim zes jaar diezelfde functie heeft beëindigd. Anne Keirse volgt Giesen op als programmaleider van Ucall. Wij wensen Ivo veel succes in zijn nieuwe functie.



Symposium on Exercising Extraterritoriality in Anti-Corruption Regulation

14 December 2017

Global trends

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, an increasing number of states have entered the global anti-foreign corruption arena, to a considerable extent following the United States’ longstanding practices in this area. These states have introduced new crimes in their criminal codes, expanded their jurisdiction and invested financial resources in agencies that are responsible for investigating and prosecuting foreign corruption. Throughout Europe, the numbers of investigations, prosecutions and the level of negotiated settlement sums have been rising, including in countries where negotiating settlements is not part of the legal tradition. At the same time, American enforcement levels and international cooperation between enforcement agencies are also increasing. All these developments have considerable extraterritorial implications and raise several questions. Which state should enforce in case of overlapping jurisdictions? Where should the settlement proceeds go in cases of multinational corruption and multinational enforcement actions? Does the increased globalization of anti-foreign corruption have an effect on business practices around the world? Should globalization lead to uniformity in legislation and enforcement strategies?


This symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners from both civil society and from government, all of whom are analyzing the role of criminal law and enforcement in fighting global corruption. The purpose of this seminar is to engage anti-foreign corruption enforcement stakeholders in a scholarly discussion on the perceived normative aims and the actual potential of two aspects of the global trends: the value of negotiated settlements and the potential of globalization in anti-foreign corruption. Stakeholders will be asked to engage with the questions that researchers are reflecting on in their papers. The symposium is divided into two thematic plenary panels. Within each panel, speakers are given 20 minutes each to present their papers, followed by a debate that will be kicked off by a commentator from practice.

For the conference program, including list of speakers, click here.

To register for this event, please send an email quoting the name of this symposium to Registrations are awarded on a first come first served basis.