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What is the European Association of Psychology and Law?

The European Association of psychology and law (EAPL) has three broad aims:

  1. The Promotion of Research,
  2. The Promotion of Teaching, and
  3. The Promotion of the Interexchange of Psychology and Law

The Association embraces those interested in the interface between psychology and law in all its diverse aspects – researchers and practitioners.

From a developmental perspective, member of the Association are concerned with offenders – and their victims – from the cradle to the grave. Psychology is relevant to the offending pathway, from early risk factors and early intervention approaches, to the process of detection and identification after a crime is committed, to the collection of evidence and its presentation in court. Finally, psychology is relevant after conviction in terms of the management, treatment and supervision of those convicted, and indeed, the treatment of their victims.

Diversity is not just characteristic for the field, but also for the Association. Coming together within Europe we have been able to consider, appreciate and learn from the diversity of approaches that apply across this continent from Norway to Cyprus, from Ireland to Russia. We have been able to celebrate both similarities and differences in thinking and practice. Importantly, the Association is not merely European; we have long-standing, committed and dedicated members from Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

On this website, you will find information about our Association and information about our annual meetings. These meetings are very important in the life of EAPL, a chance for many of our members to get together and share their ideas and experience, research findings and plans with colleagues from all over Europe – and the world – who have very similar interests. This year and due to COVID-19, the conference has to be postponed. For recent news and details go to our “Conferences” tab.

We trust you will find this website informative. We hope too that you will enjoy being a member of EAPL and benefit from the knowledge and experience of a like-minded community of practitioners and academics. If you have any questions about the Association, please contact eapl@eapl.eu.

Mission Statement

The aims of the EAPL are as follows:

  1. the development and promotion of research
  2. making improvements in legal procedures informed by empirical research in the field of psychology and law
  3. education and the advancement of knowledge in the field
  4. 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
  • 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.

Members of the current Executive Committee (2020)

Prof. Geert Vervaeke
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Prof. Renate Volbert
Psychologische Hochschule Berlin (PHB), Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Prof. Ray Bull
University of Leicester, UK
Past President

Dr. Robert Horselenberg
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Michelle Mattison
University of Chester, UK
Dr. André Körner
Medical School Berlin, Germany

Past presidents of EAPL:

  • Ray Bull (2015-2018)
  • Pär Anders Granhag (2012-2015)
  • David Cooke (2009-2012)
  • Peter van Koppen (2006-2009)
  • Graham Davies (2003-2006)
  • Frans Willem Winkel (2000-2003)
  • David Farrington (1997-2000)
  • Friedrich Lösel (1992-1997)

Conference Organizer for 2019

Professor Ramon Arcé (Chair of the organizing committee of the Santiago de Compostela 2019 conference)

Proxy and Social Media

Teresa Schneider
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
Proxy and Social Media

Student Section

The EAPL has a very active student section which has an independent board, including two full board members and an adjunct president.

EAPL-S Co-President: Jonas Schemmel, Psychologische Hochschule Berlin (PHB), Germany

EAPL-S Co-President: Linda Geven, University of Leiden

EAPL-S Treasurer: Teresa Schneider, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

For more information about our student section, please visit the EAPL-S site.