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.



It’s conference season!

24 May 2019, Utrecht: conference of the Werkgroep Rechtswetenschap on the content and organisation of academic research and the position of legal scholarship in the Dutch academic landscape [in Dutch]

29 May 2019, Amsterdam: keynote lecture for the first annual PhD workshop at Amsterdam Law School (University of Amsterdam)

6 and 7 June 2019, Utrecht and Amsterdam: spring meeting of the Netherlands Association for Philosophy of Law on judicial independence in the interplay of constitutional principles, organised in cooperation with the Montaigne Centre on Rule of Law and Administration of Justice (Utrecht University) and the Amsterdam Centre on the Legal Professions (University of Amsterdam) [in Dutch and English]

24 June 2019, Utrecht: author-meets-readers seminar of the Netherlands Association for Philosophy of Law and the Netherlands Association for Sociology of Law on new books by Kees van den Bos, Pauline Westerman and Marc Hertogh [in Dutch]

7-13 July 2019, Lucerne: IVR World Congress 2019, where I will give presentations in the special workshops on the theoretical foundations of academic legal education and on resistance, dissent and innovation

And coming up after the summer holidays:

26-30 August 2019, Athens: teaching of an intensive module in the 2019 session of the Academy of European Public Law on ‘Judiciaries in contemporary European societies: a discussion of constitutional law in context’


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