Netherlands

The Dutch Desk is headed by Han Moraal, who is the National Member for the Netherlands since June 2014.

In 2019, the Dutch Desk was involved in 454 new cases, 120 coordination meetings, 4 coordination centres and 28 joint investigation teams.

 

 

 

National Member

National Member

Han Moraal
Han Moraal

Han Moraal has been National Member for the Netherlands since June 2014. Mr Moraal’s first appointment was in 1987 as a public prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam. He moved to the Zwolle Lelystad District Court in 1994. In 1996, Mr Moraal was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor to the Flevoland police region, and in 1998, he was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor at Groningen District Court. In 2007, following four years as Chief Public Prosecutor at The Hague District Court, Mr Moraal was appointed Prosecutor-General to the Board of Prosecutors-General. In 2012, he was appointed National Chief Advocate General at the Courts of Appeal of the Netherlands. Mr Moraal has been the Secretary-General of the International Association of Prosecutors since 2016.


Deputy National Member

Jolien Kuitert is Deputy National Member for the Netherlands since 2008. Ms Kuitert is a senior public prosecutor specialised in cross-border cooperation and combating international organised crime. She worked as coordinating public prosecutor for the former Netherlands Antilles and Surinam for more than 10 years. In 2003, she served as an occasional replacement for the Dutch National Member. Ms Kuitert is one of the Dutch Contact Points for the European Judicial Network. As a guest lecturer in international criminal law, she enjoys passing her experience and enthusiasm for her work on to colleagues and students.


Assistants to the National Member

Renske Mackor is Assistant to the National Member for the Netherlands. She is a senior public prosecutor specialised in (international) environmental crime, fraud and asset confiscation. After a career as a lawyer in private practice, dealing mostly with environmental law and planning law, she was appointed public prosecutor in 2005 at the National Public Prosecutor’s Office for cases involving serious fraud and environmental crime and asset confiscation. Ms Mackor is a lecturer for the judiciary in various courses. She joined the Dutch Desk at Eurojust in April 2017, and is Eurojust’s Contact Point for Environmental Crime.

Leonie Luijt is Assistant to the National Member for the Netherlands. Ms Luijt is a senior legal officer seconded from the National Public Prosecution's Office in Rotterdam, where she worked on international organised crime cases. She is specialized in large-scale drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud. Prior to that, she worked several years at the Court of Rotterdam, after finishing her master's degree in International and European Public Law at the Rotterdam University, which involved a semester in South Africa, and completing an internship at the ICTY. She joined Eurojust in February 2019 and is a member of the Judicial Cooperation Instruments team.

Rolf Oosthoek is Assistant to the National Member for the Netherlands. Mr Oosthoek is a senior legal officer and legal representative of the prosecutor in Court, seconded from the Dutch Prosecution Service, High Volume Crimes Department. He studied Forensics, Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Maastricht and, prior to that, International and European Law at the University of Tilburg. During the latter, he also studied abroad in South Africa for a semester, where he focussed on socio-economic rights and (legal) culture. He joined Eurojust in June 2019.


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Interview with National Member Han Moraal

What strikes you most about working at Eurojust?

What strikes me most is the convergence of different cultures. Most of us have been working in the field of prosecution for years, so we have a certain amount of knowledge of the field. Working at Eurojust enables us to draw on this knowledge to build international ties and ensure prosecutors can do their work effectively across borders. The most enjoyable aspect is seeing all of these cultures come together and watching partnerships grow.

Could you describe a case that you have supported and which had a particularly successful outcome?

Soon after arriving at Eurojust, I was confronted with the bringing down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The resulting investigation is still ongoing, so there is no final outcome yet. Of course, this is a case on an unprecedented scale and with an unprecedented international dimension. Everyone – by which I mean the entire world, far beyond Europe – is following every single step. Particularly the first few coordination meetings, which I led, were like a mini-United Nations. That was the pinnacle of responsibility for me and a great honour.

Which of the services and tools available through Eurojust do you consider most important for national judicial authorities – and why?

Definitely the coordination meetings. You can achieve a great deal by writing to people and sending them emails, but ultimately, if you want to work really well with your counterparts and build a more meaningful kind of partnership, then that has to be done on the basis of trust. And that can only be achieved face to face, by meeting each other in person. Coordination meetings are eminently suitable in that sense: you have the opportunity to really look each other in the eyes and develop a relationship built on trust. I really value these meetings; I think they are the best thing Eurojust has to offer.

I would also like to say that the Netherlands has an additional responsibility at Eurojust, given that we represent the Host State. That means that we feel a little more responsible for Eurojust’s well-being. I often assist the President and the Administrative Director when it comes to relations with the Dutch authorities, so that adds a special dimension to my work as the National Member for the Netherlands.

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Casework

New cases
2017: 114 (initiating) + 209 (participating)
2018: 120 (initiating) + 299 (participating)
2019: 162 (initiating) + 292 (participating)

Coordination meetings (initiating and/or participating)
2017: 70
2018: 87
2019: 120

Coordination centres (initiating and/or participating)
2017: 10
2018: 2
2019: 4

Joint investigation teams (initiating and/or participating)
2017: 6
2018: 24
2019: 28


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Case examples

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