Leendert Erkelens MA

Visiting researcher

  • Department:
    Former Visiting Research Fellows
  • Section: Law of the European Union


Since 2008 Drs Leendert Erkelens has been staying as an Asser Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute. He started his professional career as a researcher at the Criminological Institute of Groningen State University. The main part of his career he served in different departments of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Drug policy was among his areas of responsibility. Finally, he was attached to the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels responsible for EU criminal law and illicit drugs dossiers. At the T.M.C. Asser Institute, Leendert Erkelens has contributed to the formulation of different research projects, among which a proposal on the prevention of corruption and fraud committed by legal entities, which was submitted to the European Commission and rewarded with a grant. He co-authored an article with Steven Blockmans on the Dutch ministerial legal obligation – under the Dutch Opium Act - to take care for a sufficient production of cannabis needed for medical and scientific research. At the time, he is conducting research mainly in the EU area of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) and on (the cross roads of) EU Foreign Affairs and JHA. Together with Steven Blockmans he wrote an article on the institutional dynamics of establishing the European External Action Service. In the context of CLEER research, a CLEER Working Paper was published on the EU anti-piracy mission EU NAVFOR Atalanta, off the coast of Somalia, more in particular on the judicial volet of arresting and prosecuting suspects of piracy. In 2014 he co-edited a book on the Commission proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (published by T.M.C. Asser Press, distributed by Springer Verlag).