Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Proximity-based Evidence Disclosure Technique for Interviewing Criminal Suspects

when 1 July 2023 - 15 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1050

In this course the students will first experience how challenging it can be to assess a realistic mock criminal case and work out an evidence disclosure plan for interviewing a suspect. We will then, step-by-step, walk them through the research-based training manual developed by the course coordinator (Dr. Oleszkiewicz) and guest lecturer (Det. Jones) on the proximity-based evidence disclosure technique. The students will first learn about the psychology of suspects (i.e., understand reasons why a suspect may not be forthcoming with details in an interview) and the fundamentals of interviewing (e.g., how to ask appropriate questions and assess evidence for investigative decision-making), before they learn how to develop an evidence disclosure plan for an interview and ways to mitigate potential resistance. The students will then continue with working in small groups to plan their interviews for additional realistic mock cases (and eventually be able to complete the full process by themselves). We will engage in exercises to practice the research-based interview techniques throughout the course.

Course leader

Simon Oleszkiewicz

Fee info

EUR 1050: Tuition fees two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €700
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €950
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €1050
Professionals €1250

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (14 March CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Equal Access Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.