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About EAPL

Mission Statement 

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: 

  • Organising an annual conference in a location in Europe
  • Promoting communication and cooperation among psychologists, criminologists, lawyers and other interested professional groups, and between researchers and practitioners
  • Publishing manuscripts describing research and good practice in the field
  • Promoting research projects and programmes
  • Facilitating education and post-graduate training
  • Developing and protecting ethical codes and criteria for high standards of professional competence and practice
  • Working with other academic, professional and governmental associations and institutions internationally
  • Making recommendations and giving advice to official agencies
  • Promoting student involvement in the field of psychology and law
  • And disseminating information and knowledge to the public


Executive Committee

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

 Board Members 2018


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 Leicester, UK

Secretary: Dr Robert Horselenberg: University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Treasurer/Membership: Dr Michelle MattisonUniversity of Chester, UK

Website/Publications: Dr André Körner: Chemnitz University, Germany | Proxy and Social Media: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Philipps University of Marburg, Germany 

Conference Organizer

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)


Student Section 

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

Contact Members of the Student Committee

President: Bianca Baker, Derby University, UK

Vice-President: Rashid Minhas: Derby University, UK

Communications: Lauren Wilson: Derby University, UK


Adjunct Student Section President

Dr Julia Shaw: University College London, UK



For more information on the aims and governing regulations of the EAPL, please consult our constitution.

European Association of Psychology and Law - Constitution