How will judicial cooperation in the European Union develop and which role do national courts and the EU institutions play in this context? To what extent should courts adapt their working methods in order to respond to the effects of globalisation and managerialism on national legal systems? These questions are central in my academic research and teaching.

My research has introduced an independent and innovative approach to the study of the role of public institutions, in particular courts, in a changing legal and societal context. Empirical methods are applied to move beyond insights from classic (comparative) legal research. Furthermore, this research fine-tunes an original constitutional-theoretical underpinning of normative change, developed first in my PhD thesis. My research connects with current academic and societal debates concerning for example the tension between ‘rule of law’ principles and New Public Management and the role of international, European and comparative legal sources in judicial decision-making.



Excited to be involved in two special issues which were published in December 2018. My article ‘Judicial Self Government in the Netherlands: Demarcating Autonomy’ appeared in issue 19(7) of German Law Journal. Thanks to David Kosar and his team for compiling a rich overview and reflection on judicial governance in Europe. My article ‘Researching judicial ethical codes, or: how to eat a mille-feuille?’ is a part of issue 9(3) of International Journal for Court Administration. Thanks to Philip Langbroek and Frans van Dijk for realising this publication on the basis of an inspiring workshop with the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary in Utrecht last spring.

Further news: working hard on the organisation of the summer conference of the Netherlands Association for Philosophy of Law (VWR), which will take place in Utrecht and Amsterdam on 6 and 7 June 2019 on the theme ‘Rechterlijke onafhankelijkheid in het samenspel van constitutionele beginselen’ [Judicial independence in the interplay of constitutional principles]. The call for papers for the parallel sessions in the afternoon of 6 June is now open (deadline 1 April).


Academic experience

June 2016-, Professor of Jurisprudence, Utrecht University / Sept 2018-, Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

Jan 2014-May 2016, Professor of Empirical Study of Public Law, in particular of Rule-of-Law Institutions, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam (chair endowed by the Erasmus Trustfonds) / Director of Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL)

Sept 2009-May 2016, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam

Feb 2008-Aug 2009, Assistant Professor of Jurisprudence, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam

Feb 2004-Jan 2008 PhD candidate, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam


Higher education

24 Jan 2008, PhD in law (cum laude), Erasmus University Rotterdam, PhD supervisor: prof. M.A. Loth

2003, DEA de Droit Public Comparé des États Européens, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2002, LLM de Droit Français et de Droit Européen, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2001, LLM Dutch law (cum laude), Erasmus University Rotterdam, main courses in the fields of private law and international law


Research visits

April-May 2015, Visiting Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford

May-June 2012, Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence

March-May 2011, Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC

May-June 2009, Visiting Scholar, Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge

Nov 2006-Aug 2007, Visiting Scholar, DFG Graduiertenkolleg ‘Verfassung jenseits des Staates’, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin