An international jury announced at a conference of the American Society of Criminology that Professor Jan van Dijk of Tilburg University in the Netherlands is the winner of the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology for 2012. The Stockholm Prize is annually awarded by the Swedish Ministry of Justice for outstanding achievements in the field of criminology. The prize comes with a financial award of one million kronen ($120.000). It will be presented at a ceremonial gathering in the Townhall of Stockholm, Sweden on June 12th, 2012.
Professor Van Djjk has been awarded the prize for his leading role in launching the International Crime Victims Survey. This comparative survey has since 1998 been conducted in over eighty different countries, including the USA and all member states of the European Union. During six major sweeps of the surveys, over 350.000 citizens have been interviewed worldwide about their experiences with crime and the police. The surveys are considered to be the most reliable source of information on experiences of crime victims across the world.
Since 2006 Prof. Jan van Dijk has been the incumbent of the Pieter van Vollenhoven chair in Victimology and Human Security at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) of Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Earlier he acted as officer in charge of the Centre for International Crime Prevention of the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. He is a past president of the World Society of Victimology.
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