The board of the Society for Philosophy has existed since June 2012 the following persons:
Bart van Klink (VU, Chair)
Lyana Francot-Timmermans (UU, secretary)
Derk Venema (RU, treasurer)
Elaine Mak (EUR)
Iris van Domselaar (UvA)
Lisette ten Haaf (VU, webmaster)
Michiel Besters (UvT)
Rudolf Rijgersberg (UM)
Bart van Klink
Bart van Klink is Professor of Legal Methodology at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Together with the former chair Sanne Taekema, he has recently founded the journal Recht en Methode in onderzoek en onderwijs (Law and Method, ReM for short). His research interests include: methodology of law, interdisciplinary research, legal positivism, law and politics, legal reasoning and rhetoric. Currently, he is working on an edited book about the fact/value distinction and a textbook on legal research skills.
Lyana Francot-Timmermans is Assistant Professor in the Department of Legal Theory, School of Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In the Working Group on (Reflexive) Modernisation & Law she seeks to contribute to the analysis of the interdependencies between legal developments and societal evolution. Current research centres on autopoietic justice, normativity and uncertainty in current modernity and an inquiry into the possibility of an ethics of action and experience. Furthermore, she has a not yet fully explored fascination for George Spencer Brown’s calculus. She published a.o. Normativity’s Re-Entry – Niklas Luhmann’s Social Systems Theory: Society and Law (Wolf Legal Publishers 2008).
Derk Venema is an assistant professor in the philosophy of law in the law faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He also teaches an introductory course on philosophy at a grammar school. In 2007 he received his PhD for a thesis Judges in Wartime on the Dutch judiciary during the German occupation in World War II. His research focuses on philosophical aspects of transitional justice, and on the relevance of Heidegger’s, Nietzsche’s, and Darwin’s thinking for our understanding of law.
Elaine Mak is Associate Professor of Legal Theory at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She studied law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her dissertation De rechtspraak in balans (Rotterdam 2008, cum laude) concerned a comparative analysis of the role of classic rule-of-law principles and ‘new public management’ principles in judicial organisation in the Netherlands, France and Germany. From September 2008 until September 2011, Elaine did research on the position of national highest courts in an internationalising legal order. Her research interests include comparative constitutional law, legal theory and legal ethics, with a main focus on the functioning of the judiciaries in modern liberal democracies.
Iris van Domselaar
Iris van Domselaar works as lecturer/researcher on legal philosophy and professional ethics at the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. As a visiting fellow she did research at Harvard University and Chicago University. Her topics of interests are: (the boundaries of) legal rationality, the relation between (boundaries of) justice and law, non-foundationalism in political and moral philosophy, tragedy and law, neo-Aristotelian approaches of professional ethics. On top of that, she is interested in how law is presented in film and literature. Van Domselaar is co-coordinator of the international working group ‘Capabilities and law’ for the Human Development and Capabilities Association and she is co-coordinator of the working group Legal Philosophy for the research school ethics.
Lisette ten Haaf
Lisette ten Haaf is the webmaster of the association. She has studied law and legal theory at Utrecht University and finished the honours master program. Currently, she works as a PhD-student legal theory at VU University Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the question how law should deal with the future child and touches upon topics as the interest in one’s own non-existence, human enhancement, representation, biopolitics and the autonomy of law.
Michiel Besters is doctoral candidate in legal philosophy at Tilburg University. He studied at the same university and finished the Research Master (with distinction) in 2007. After his graduation, Michiel worked between 2008 and 2010 at the Rathenau Institute in The Hague, a think tank on science and technology. He researched among others European databases used within the field of the migration policy. Since October 2010, Michiel works on a dissertation under supervision of Prof. Hans Lindahl in which he develops a conceptual analysis of the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice.
Rudolf Rijgersberg is Assistant Professor Methods and Foundations of Law at Maastricht University. He read philosophy at the universities of Glasgow (MA(hons)) and St. Andrews (MLitt) at which obtained a distinction in his thesis on a topic in logic. After a brief career as publishing editor in philosophy at Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer) Rudolf read law in Leiden (LLB), obtained a doctorate in law writing on the implications of globalization for constitutional governance in Groningen, after which he continued his research at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’. His main research interest concerns the transnationalization of law and governance.
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