The aims of the EAPL are as follows:
(i) the development and promotion of research
(ii) making improvements in legal procedures informed by empirical research in the field of psychology and law,
(iii) education and the advancement of knowledge in the field, and
(iv) the development of practice in the field of psychology and law (e.g., legal psychology, criminological psychology, forensic psychology, the law and human behaviour, the collection of evidence and consideration of improvements in substantive law, legal procedures and practices taking account of psychological insights and research).
Our focus is on Europe but we promote communication and collaboration with individuals and centres across the world towards the achievement of these aims.
We strive to reach these aims by the following means:
The EAPL Executive Committee is made up of eleven long-serving members of the Association. It contains six elected members (the President, the President-elect, the Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer/Membership Officer, and the Website/Publications Officer). The Executive Committee also consists of two co-opted members and three appointed members (from the conference organizing committees of the past, current and next conference). The President-elect becomes President during the next period of office.
Past presidents of EAPL are Friedrich Lösel (1992-1997), David Farrington (1997-2000), Franz-Willem Winkel (2000-2003), Graham Davies (2003-2006), Peter van Koppen (2006-2009), and David Cooke (2009-2012), Pär Anders Granhag (2012-2015), and Ray Bull (2015-2018).
Members of the Executive Committee
Contact Members of the Executive Committee
President-Elect: Professor Geert Vervaeke : Tilburg University, The Netherlands
President: Professor Renate Volbert: Psychologische Hochschule Berlin (PHB), Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Past President: Professor Ray Bull: University of Leichester, UK
Secretary: Dr Robert Horselenberg: University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Treasurer/Membership: Dr Michelle Mattison: University of Chester, UK
Website/Publications: The position for the website and publications is currently vacant.
Professor Pekka Santtila (Chair of the organizing committee of the Turku 2018 conference)
Professor Ramon Arcé (Chair of the organizing committee of the Santiago de Compostela 2019 conference)
The EAPL has a very active student section which has an independent board, including two full board members and an adjunct president.
Members of the Student Committee
Adjunct Student Section President
Dr Julia Shaw: London South Bank University, UK
For more information on the aims and governing regulations of the EAPL, please consult our constitution.