‘In criminal justice, it can be dangerous to believe that one's ideas are good and that one has found the right way of doing things.’
Tamara Buruma (1985)
As a criminal lawyer, Tamara Buruma focuses on international criminal cases with a political component, such as genocide, terrorism, and piracy, and also non-violent activism during demonstrations and complaints about government action. She also handles complex money laundering and fraud cases. In her work, she combines thorough investigation of the facts with well-thought-out legal arguments. As an appeals specialist, she's not afraid to question existing case law and elicit new interpretations.
Lawyer since 2010
Member of the foundation Mens en Strafrecht (for a Humane Criminal Justice System) (MenS), the Dutch Association of Young Criminal Defence Lawyers (NVJSA) and the criminal law advisory committee of the Dutch Bar Association. She is also an aspiring member of the association Criminal Defence Lawyers at the Court of Cassation (VCAS).
External PhD-candidate at Leiden University: Incitement (art. 131 Dutch Criminal Code) in a changed society.
Publications (in Dutch):
- Strafblad: ‘De strafzaak en de politiek’ (November 2015), nr. 5, p. 411-415 (met bijlage gehyperlinkt)
- Tijdschrift voor Compliance: ‘De sanctieregeling vanuit het perspectief van de gesanctioneerden’ (February 2015), nr. 1, p. 32-37
- Strafblad: ‘Te goed van vertrouwen?’ (with Göran Sluiter) (November 2014), nr. 5, p. 388-395
- Nederlands Dagblad: 'Samenleving heeft baat bij vervroegd vrijlaten' editorial by Jacques Claessen, Tamara Buruma and Alrik de Haas (5 June 2014)
- NRC.Next: 'Zet Fred en Ivo in één cel', editorial by Sonja Meijer, Tamara Buruma, and Joyce de Vries (25 April 2013)
- Levend strafrecht (Liber Amicorum): ‘Bij tegenslag moedig voorwaarts! Politiek verzet in de huidige samenleving’ (Deventer; Kluwer 2011, p. 93-106)
Media (in Dutch)
- NRC Handelsblad: Double interview with Tamara Buruma and Nora Fischer (9 August 2014)