Institut national de Criminalistique et de Criminologie (INCC)


The National Institute for Forensic Science and Criminology (INCC-NICC) is a scientific institute of the Belgian federal state. The Directorate of Forensic Science brings a scientific support to investigations through the identification, analysis and interpretation of traces left by suspects. The Criminology Directorate supports criminal justice policies through studies on the functioning of the criminal justice system and on criminality-related social phenomena.  It has built up a solid scientific expertise in its field by using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Juvenile justice, prosecution, punishment and prisons, management of justice, criminal investigation and victimology are some of its main topics.



  • Mapping the Belgian security assemblage [WP2]
  • Prosecution of radicalisation and impact of security policy on the judiciary [WP5]
  • Profiling, patterns categorisation and construction of suspicious identities [WP7]

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Charlotte Vanneste is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) and part-time Associate Professor at the University of Liege. She obtained a Master’s degree in Religious Studies (1983) a Master’s degree (1986) and a PhD in criminology (1997) from the Universite Catholique de Louvain.  She joined the NICC in 1997 and became the director of the department of criminology (1997-2012) before becoming NICC senior research fellow. Charlotte Vanneste has gained solid expertise in criminal justice system matters, law enforcement organisation, culture and know-how.  She has also developed an expertise on the use of database and statistical analysis for criminal justice purpose.

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Coline Remacle is Junior Research Fellow at National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC). She holds a Master of Criminology (2010) and a Master in Human Rights (2013). Her first professional experience was in scientific research at ULB. She realized a research about juvenile offender’s life paths. Then she worked in a ministerial cabinet and after in voluntary sector.

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