About us


About us

We are a multidisciplinary group interested in medical decision making at the End of Life. Our aim is to combine empirical research of the Public Health department of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam with the expertise of the members of the department of Criminal Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam to better understand, regulate and control end-of-life decision making in health care and (criminal) law.

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Erasmus School of Law, department of criminal law

Not only lawyers and government, currently also the public and media are focused on the fairness and effectiveness of our criminal system. Big data, the internet, DNA sequencing techniques and a societal focus on terrorism, among others, affect the boundaries between privacy and human rights of the individual and the protection of society. The department of criminal law offers the opportunity to study criminal law and criminal law procedure to aspiring lawyers, attorneys, and future judges.

Research within the department focuses on many different controversial areas of the criminal law system, such as collecting and preserving cell material regarding DNA research for conviction; investigational practices concerning confiscated electronic data carriers; Dutch sanction policy regarding persistent young adult offenders; and an evaluation of the legal position of patients in forced care. In the field of (mental) health care, regulations concerning the enforcement of criminal, administrative and disciplinary law and regulations in end-of-life-cases are the focus. 

Erasmus MC, department of Public Health, End-of-life Care Research Group

This internationally esteemed research group was initiated in 1990 by performing the very first large-scale empirical study of the practice of euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions. The group publishes in many highly-ranked scientific journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and others. In total, the group currently comprises one professor, two postdoctoral researchers, and twelve PhD students with various backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing care, psychology and health sciences. Research topics include tools to improve care of dying patients, quality and costs of end-of-life care in hospitals, epidemiological/clinical/ethical characteristics of end-of-life decision making practices, and advance care planning. 

REI project

This site is part of the REI project

Contact info

Erasmus School of Law
Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam
Tel. 010- 4081547