Team and researchers Montaigne Centre

Core team

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Jasmijn de Bree (up to 30 June 2019)

Linde Verhoeven (from 1 July 2019)


Lisa Ansems’s PhD research focuses on the experiences of criminal defendants during their court hearings, with a special focus on perceived procedural justice.


Assistant Professor

Anna Berlee has a special interest in property law, privacy and data protection and the legal implications of emerging technologies. She defended her dissertation entitled ‘Access to Personal Data in Public Land Registers Balancing Publicity of Property Rights with the Rights to Privacy and Data Protection’ in 2018.

Eddy Bauw is primarily interested in the question of what liability law and administration of justice contribute or could contribute to society.

Jan Biemans is interested in property law, insolvency law, financial law, attachment and enforcement law and inheritance law, as well as the cross connections between these fields of law.

Martje Boekema’s research focusses mainly on judicial organisation and the law from a socio-legal perspective. She obtained her doctorate degree in 2015 with a dissertation on the acceptance of court judgements by citizens.

The research of Kees van den Bos mainly focuses on empirical legal research and social psychology, including social psychology of organisations.

Assistant Professor

In his research, René Brouwer works on the origins of fundamental notions in law, such as rules, persons, and rule of law, with focus on the interaction between Roman law and ancient Greek thought.

The research of Antoine Buyse concentrates inter alia on the ECHR and the procedure before the ECtHR, restoration for rights for human rights violations in post-conflict areas, freedom of speech and transitional justice.

Madeleine de Cock Buning focuses in her research on the regulation and governance of digital disruptive technology. She covers amongst others topics like intellectual property, media law, big data and artificial intelligence.

Javier Couso Salas focuses in his research, amongst other things, on comparative constitutional law, the rule of law in new democracies, and judicial politics.

Frans van Dijk focuses on the characteristics and performance of legal systems from the perspective of the intrinsic value of the rule of law but also from the perspective of promoting a peaceful and affluent society. In addition, he studies the economic aspects of legal systems.

The research of Emanuel van Dongen primarily focuses on the historical developments of contemporary legal concepts. 

PhD Candidate

During her PhD, Elif Erken focuses on enhancing the procedural involvement of civil society in the ECHR-system.

Assistant Professor

Julie Fraser obtained her doctorate degree in 2018 with a dissertation on the role of culture and social institutions in the national implementation of international human rights obligations in Asian and African states.

Assistant Professor
PhD Candidate

The focus of Katharine Fortin’s research is the legal framework which applies to non-international armed conflicts. In October 2015, she defended her dissertation about the responsibility of armed groups under human rights law.

The research conducted by Janneke Gerards focuses on fundamental rights, equal treatment law, judicial review and constitutional law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research.

Ivo Giesen in his work searches for (legal) solutions to today's societal problems using the law (torts, civil procedure) in a creative manner while taking in inspiration from elsewhere (e.g. empircial legal studies and law & psychology).

In his PhD research, Niels Graaf studies how uses of comparative law in German, French, Italian and Dutch legal scholarship are connected with perceptions of the judicial role. In connection with this research, he is especially interested in the functioning of constitutional courts, judicial and legal cultures, and the role of academics in the legal system, in both historical and current perspective.

PhD Candidate
Assistant Professor

The PhD research of Sim Haket is entitled ‘Consistent Interpretation: an EU Law Concept in a Pluralistic Legal Order’. He compares the national courts' application of the duty of consistent interpretation in Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

PhD Candidate

Erin Jackson conducts PhD-research into several European legal cultures and networks within Europe from an institutional perspective.

Assistant Professor

Pauline Jacobs’s research focuses on criminal law and human rights, detention law and sanction law. In 2012, she obtained her doctorate degree with a dissertation on force-feeding of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike.

PhD Candidate

Manon’s PhD research focusses on the modernization of the Dutch Constitution in the context of the ECHR and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. More concrete, she explores how five possible modifications can have added value compared to the ECHR and the Charter and therewith to what extent they can strengthen the normative significance of the Constitution.

In her research, Petra van Kampen focuses mainly on criminal law and the criminal law practice, amongst which the Dutch so-called ZSM-practice.

Post-doctoral Researcher

Nelleke Koffeman’s main research interests are European fundamental rights, EU-law and migration law. Her dissertation, published in 2015, studied the legal effects of cross-border movement within the EU regarding morally sensitive issues, such as reproductive rights.

Xandra Kramer studies the field of international and European private law, arbitration and comparative law. She combines legal doctrinal research, comparative research and empirical research.

François Kristen does fundamental research in the field of substantive criminal law, procedural criminal law, economic and financial criminal law and European criminal law. He has a special interest in new developments in criminal justice and the value thereof for society.

The research of Sonja Kruisinga focuses on commercial law, company law and contract law and on its international and European aspects.

Apart from his interest in administrative law, for the last few years Philip Langbroek has been focusing in his research on international and comparative research in the field of the administration of justice.

Assistant Professor

Leonie van Lent conducts research in the field of criminal law, in particular publicity and adjoining subjects such as legitimacy and media coverage. She is furthermore interested in the ECtHR and comparative legal research.

Associate Professor

Joep Lindeman’s research focus lies on Criminal Procedure and problem-solving justice, both in the Netherlands and abroad. However, his interest also lies in substantive criminal law, white collar crime and European criminal law, as well as constitutional guarantees regarding (punitive) enforcement within and outside of criminal law.

Claire Loven
In her PhD research, Claire Loven focuses on the involvement of private actors in the procedure before the ECtHR. She studies the question how, within the ECHR system, adequate protection for fundamental rights can be offered in horizontal conflicts.

Charlie Maas 
PhD Candidate

Vice Dean

Elaine Mak studies the functioning of the institutions of government in particular the judiciary, in modern Western liberal democracies in an evolving legal context which results from i.a. globalisation and the influence of management theories. In her research she combines legal-theoretical and (legal-comparative) constitutional law perspectives.

Brianne McGonigle Leyh is specialised in human rights law and global justice, with a focus on victim rights, transitional justice and restorative justice and social justice.

Paulien de Morree obtained her doctorate degree in 2017 with a dissertation on the prohibition of law abuse under Article 17 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Themes of her current research are resilient democracy, cybercrime and human rights education.

The PhD research of Patriani Mulia focuses on the economic integration and human rights protection in the ASEAN region.

In 2017, Stefan Philipsen obtained his doctoral degree with a dissertation on the right to establish schools. His research focuses on constitutional law and education law.

Marc Simon Thomas is legal anthropologist, who studied law and cultural anthropology and is specialised in empirical research concerning dispute resolution. Core areas of his research are legal sociology, legal anthropology, dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution and legal pluralism.

The PhD research of Rozemarijn van Spaendonck concerns the Dutch penal hospital order. She evaluates the criteria for the extension of this order from a focal concerns perspective and a comparative law perspective.

Assistant Professor

In her research, Imelda Tappeiner focuses on constitutional law and administrative law, including public law enforcement, fundamental rights and police and judicial cooperation within the European Union.

Jerfi’s research focuses on the future of constitutionalism and the rule of law from a comparative perspective. He is particularly interested in public interest litigation, the relationship between domestic and international courts, and the role of the courts vis à vis the political branches.

The research specialisations of John Vervaele are legal enforcement of EU law and EU criminal law, special criminal law, criminal procedural law, comparative legal research and human rights law. He furthermore studies transitional justice, in particular with regard to Latin-America.

In his research Benny van der Vorm studies topics at the intersection of criminal law, administrative sanction law and criminology.

Widdershoven’s research focuses on the influence of European law on the administrative law systems of the Member States, in particular in the areas of judicial protection (including court administration), the enforcement of law and general principles of law.

The research of Paulien Willemsen focuses on administrative procedures, with a special interest in judicial protection and dispute resolution. Within this framework she also conducts comparative legal research.

The PhD research aims, from a European and comparative point of view, to provide an answer to the question of how a more strict incidental judicial review of generally applicable regulations on general principles of law can be realized. 


Associated Researchers

Lukas van den Berge is a legal theorist with a special focus on the theory and intellectual history of public law. Recent publications address – among other things – the history and future of the public-private law divide, the separation of powers doctrine and the judicial protection of public values in the modern network society. 

The research of Chrisje Brants-Langeraar focuses mainly on the politics of criminal law, the relationship between media, criminal law and crime and on international criminal law. Practically all her research is of a comparative and/or multidisciplinary nature.

In his position as faculty professor, Alex Brenninkmeijer studies institutional aspects of the rule of law.

The research of Diana Odier-Contreras Garduño focuses on the relationship between collective reparations and victims' individual right to benefit from remedies and reparations in the context of grave violations of human rights.

Jacobien van Dorp is interested in the meaning of legal rules as means of social control. In her research, she combines insights from the philosophy of language with those from the philosophy of law and applies these to European and national legal cases.

The research of Stijn Franken focuses on the role and responsibilities of professional actors in criminal proceedings.

Jenny Goldschmidt is mainly active in the field of the rights of vulnerable groups in practice, in particular people with disabilities. She is interested in legal pluralism and the protection of minorities in democracies. 

For her PhD research, Hilke Grootelaar analysed the way in which litigants come to their trust judgement and what role procedures and outcomes play in that regard. Her current postdoc research is about constitutional dialogues and feedback loops between courts and legislators.

Mireille Hagens conducts research in the field of national security and human rights law, the supervision of the Dutch intelligence and security services and legislation on international intelligence and security services.

Ivo van der Helm conducts research in the field of labour law and social security. He is specialised in privacy law and regulation regarding ill employees.

Laura Henderson's research focuses on the relationship between human rights and democracy, such as the role of the judge in representing under-represented groups in transnational cases and how individuals 'perform' citizenship by using their human rights to freedom of expression and assembly. She completed her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in legal philosophy on judicial decision-making in times of crisis.

Vice-dean and Head of the Law Department.

The research of Leonie Huijbers focuses on judicial review, the role of courts and fundamental rights. She often complements a legal view on these subjects with a legal theoretical and philosophical perspective. This way she aims to embed her research in the major underlying theoretical discussions.

PhD Candidate

The research of Liesbeth Hulst focuses on law and behavior, law and psychology, Empirical Legal Studies, research methodology and conflict resolution.

The research of Gerdy Jurgens focuses on the following aspects: general administrative law, enforcement and tolerance, government and private law (including government contracts and governmental liability), administrative compensation and judicial protection.

Assistant Professor

Jeroen Kiewiet is interested in the legal theoretical foundations of public law. Specifically, he focusses on the legal theory of the Dutch legal theorist Hugo Krabbe and the institutional legal theory and focuses on both the classic (Hauriou, Santi Romano) and the modern (MacCormick, Ruiter) institutional legal theory.

The research interests of Frans Koenraadt include subjects such as homicide in family relations, sexual homicide, arson, psycho-diagnostics and mentally ill detainees and the use of force in mental healthcare.

Remco Nehmelman studies political constitutional law, political fundamental rights and human rights law. He is furthermore interested in decentralisation and issues regarding the conflict between democracy and the rule of law.

The research of Barbara Oomen focuses on the interplay between law and society, with a focus on human rights and cultural diversity. She currently works on cities, refugees and human rights in the Cities of Refuge​ project. 

Associate Professor

Rolf Ortlep’s research interests cover general legal doctrine, constitutional law, administrative law, tax law, administrative procedural law, civil procedural law, administration of justice, liability law, European administrative law, EU-law and fundamental rights.

Thomas Riesthuis studies the philosophical foundations of law in European legal systems. He has a particular interest in legal pluralism, (methodology of) legal theory and the rule of law.

The research of Ben Schueler focuses on Dutch administrative law, with a special focus on administrative procedural law, state liability and environmental and planning law.

The research of Felisa Tibbitts focuses on human rights education and training, particularly at the tertiary level and in professional development.

The research of Alexandra Timmer mainly focuses on human rights and non-discrimination law. Equality and discrimination, gender and law and inclusion fall within her research interests.

André Verburg conducts research in the area of administrative law, covering topics such as administrative law of evidence, final dispute resolution and procedural justice.

In his research, Sybe de Vries focuses on EU single market law and the interconnection between EU free movement law and fundamental rights.