Administration of Justice

Ministry of Justice

Available in both Dutch and English, this site features general information on the Ministry of Justice covering its role and visions.

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, The Netherlands

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of The Netherlands. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

Drugs & Alcohol

Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam

The Centre for Drugs Research, (CEDRO), is a department of the School of Environmental Sciences (Faculteit der Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen), at the University of Amsterdam.  CEDRO's goal is the determination of various aspects of the drug problem from a socio-scientific angle.  This web site includes an on-line library covering alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, drug policy, heroin and methodology, and drug use statistics for the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Tilburg.  Most reports are in Adobe .pdf format, and are available in differing degrees in English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

The EMCDDA country overview provides a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. It consists of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of Netherlands.

Trimbos Instituut

"The Trimbos Institute is the national knowledge institute for mental health care, addiction care and social work. It is our aim to create knowledge on mental health and apply it to mental health care, addiction care and social work policy and practice."

Human Rights

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights

The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) was established in 1981. The institute aims to serve as a centre for human rights studies. It conducts and promotes research projects, and collects relevant documentation on international human rights issues with an aim to enhance and distribute the knowledge on human rights procedures and practices. In English and Dutch.

Human Trafficking

Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings

This website offers reports, legislation and links relating to trafficking in human beings.

Trafficking in Human Beings

These reports from the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings (NRM) present updated figures together with already published numerical data, in order to show possible trends on the situation of human trafficking in the Netherlands.

Law & the Courts


The website provides information on the judiciary system in the Netherlands, the structure of the judiciary system, and some information on the numbers of courts, judges and cases handed.

Legal Infrastructure of the Netherlands
in International Perspective: Crime Control

This report compares the Netherlands with nine other countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States) on the problem of crime, and the methods and financial means used to control crime. The study is of a general and exploratory nature.

Openbaar Ministerie - Public Prosecution Service

The Public Prosecution Service is a semi-governmental agency that is one of the main parties involved in dealing with criminal cases.  In Dutch and English.

Researching Dutch Law

This research and resource guide provides an outline of the Dutch legal system.  It provides links to law faculties, law libraries, and professional bodies as well as references to books, journals, and law dictionaries.

Organized Crime

Center for Information and Research on Organised Crime (CIROC)

This site provides information on the organized crime in the Netherlands. Includes links to reports and publications. In English.

Police & Law Enforcement

Netherlands Police

This website is mainly in Dutch, with a downloadable brochure in English entitled "Policing in the Netherlands."

Research & Statistics

Statistics Netherlands

This official website offers extensive statistical data on the Netherlands. Of special interest to WCJLN users is the section titled Security and Justice.

Website of the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC)

This website of the WODC of the Dutch Ministry of Justice provides an overview of recent publications in a variety of fields. Organized crime features prominently on this site. Specific search questions regarding literature can by submitted to the information desk of the documentation department.


National Coordinator for Counterterrorism

Located within the Ministry of Justice, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism was appointed to improve cooperation between the agencies in the Netherlands who are involved in combating terrorism.  The website contains a number of relevant publications and is available in both Dutch and English.