E.MA Directors

Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Directors/uni_wolles.jpgName and Title: Ria Wolleswinkel, Associate Professor of Law

Position: Director of Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht, Member of the Faculty Board, Member of the Board of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights.

Postal Address: Post Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Phone: +31 43 3883296

Email: ria.wolleswinkel@maastrichtuniversity.nl


After receiving her PhD in 1997 Ria Wolleswinkel was appointed Associate Professor of Women and Law. She worked at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights and the Centre of Gender and Diversity. Since 2005 she is Director of Studies of the Faculty of Law.

Research Expertise and Interests

In research her main focus is family rights of prisoners and their families from a gender perspective. She wrote her PhD thesis on Women in Detention and their right to family life (1997). Afterwards she also published on the rights of children of imprisoned parents. She has been one of the founders of the European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) in Paris and became the chairperson of EUROCHIPS from 2000-2005.


In the field of education she coordinated several introductory courses in law, both at the Faculty of Law and at the University College in Maastricht. Besides that she coordinated a postgraduate interdisciplinary course on “Victims in Criminal Law” and gave negotiation and mediation skills. In 2005 she became Director of Studies. In that position she gives workshops about problem based learning and educational quality control management, f.e. in Indonesia at Udayana University in Denpasar and at University Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.

Key Publications

In English:

-          Violence in the Domestic Sphere, Intersentia, Antwerpen, 2005 (edited in cooperation with Ingrid Westendorp).

-          The legal Background, in: L. Ayre, K. Philbrick and M. Reiss (ed.), Children of Imprisoned Parents. European Perspectives on Good Practice, European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS), Paris, 2006, pp. 12-24.

Non-academic affiliations

During eight years she has read aloud books that were recorded by a library for blind people.

As a volunteer she has taken several supervisory positions in day care for young children and in ambulant care for mentally ill people.