On 29 January we organised a live webinar about our Master’s programme Legal Research.

During this session you could meet our student and staff! Our host and Programme Director Prof Janneke Gerards and current Master student Laura van den Berg provided you with detailed information and personal experiences about this Research Master's programme.

What we covered:

  • Insights into the programme, study scheme and research areas;
  • Student stories about the programme and life as a student in Utrecht;
  • Career prospects and how we prepare you for the job market;
  • Admission requirements and deadlines.

Watch the Webinar:

Prof Janneke Gerards

About the hosts:

Janneke Gerards is Professor of fundamental rights law at Utrecht University, director of the Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice, and Dean of the Legal Research Master. Janneke Gerards holds a designated chair in Utrecht University’s research programme ‘Institutions for open societies’ and she is a fellow at the Human Rights Institute (SIM). Since 2015 she is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her activities outside the university include being a deputy Judge in the Appeals Court of The Hague and being a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs.

The research conducted by Prof. Gerards focuses on fundamental rights, equal treatment law, judicial review and comparative public law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research. Janneke Gerards co-ordinates the Legal Research Master and she often supervises individual research projects and master theses for this Master Programme.

Legal research student Laura van den Berg

Hi! I am Laura van den Berg and I am currently in my second year of the Legal Research Master. After finishing two bachelors at Utrecht University (Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Law) I started this master because it suits my broad interest in various legal topics and my overall interest in the academic world. My main field of interest lies within human rights, legal ethics and legal philosophy. The Legal Research Master gives me the possibility to explore these different fields and to create a unique research profile that prepares me for a future career either in academics or in a more practical field of law. I am looking forward to 'meet' you during the webinar and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!