Larissa Michelle Bruijn

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Methods, Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen (UG). I am also affiliated as a researcher to the Centre for Public Order and Safety (COOV). In May 2021, I defended my PhD dissertation (cum laude): ‘The alternative war on drugs: drug evictions, cannabis regulation and the legal consequences of adapting to the limitations of criminal law in the field of drug control‘.

I specialised in empirical-legal research methods, the regulation of cannabis, evictions, the right to housing and the non-criminal approach to drug-related (organised) crime. After my PhD, I started working as a researcher in the ERC EVICT project at the UG. Within this project, I conduct research into the meaning and impact of international law on housing in national eviction cases.

On this website, I pay particular attention to my research focused on the administrative power of the mayor in the Netherlands to close drug-related premises. Pursuant to Article 13b of the Opium Act, also known as the Damocles Act, the mayor is authorised to close a dwelling or premises if a narcotic drug is ‘sold, delivered or supplied, or is present for that purpose’.

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