Jelmer Brouwer holds a Bachelor in Criminology from Leiden University (2010). During his bachelor he spent one semester at the American University in Washington, DC. In 2012 he completed a Master in International Crimes and Criminology from VU University Amsterdam. For his master thesis, which won the VU Criminology thesis award, he conducted six months of fieldwork on ethnic conflict in Southeast Burma/Myanmar. He subsequently obtained the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (2013), for which he studied one semester in Venice (Italy) and one semester in Montpellier (France).
Since September 2013 he is working as a PhD-candidate at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University. His multidisciplinary research focusses on the intersection of crime and migration (crimmigration) and human rights. It takes place within the research program Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectivity.