dr. mr. Marc Simon Thomas
M.A.SimonThomas@uu.nl
Assistant Professor


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Profile

Marc Simon Thomas is a legal anthropologist, trained in Law and in Cultural Anthropology, and has specialized in empirical research on dispute settlement. For his PhD dissertation, he combined these diverse aspects of his background and developed a preference for qualitative research. His dissertation analyzed how internal conflicts among indigenous inhabitants of the Ecuadorian highlands are settled within the context of formal legal pluralism. His research was based on data collected during three distinct periods of ethnographic fieldwork in Ecuador (eleven months in total) by means of participant observation, interviews and archival research. After successfully defending his dissertation in 2013, he taught at three Dutch universities (Leiden, Utrecht, and Wageningen).

In 2015 and 2016 Marc has been employed as a full-time postdoctoral researcher at the “Montaigne Centre” for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution in Utrecht. There, he was actively involved in the Centre’s ongoing research on Problem Solving Justice, in a WODC-financed evaluation on the so-called ZSM-werkwijze (“rapid response procedure”) in Dutch criminal law, and in a "Methodology Project", which will lead to a international seminar on Methodology in Legal Research in February 2017 and a Special Issue of Utrecht Law Review on the same subject by Mid-2017.

Currently he is appointed as Assistant Professor and his teaching includes the BA course Sociology of Law. Besides teaching, he is involved in several research projects, among which a qualitative research among Dutch MfN registered mediators, financed by Stichting Kwaliteit Mediators, and a WODC-financed reserach on ADR in the Netherlands.

Marc also teaches the course Anthropology of Law at at the Department Sociology of Law at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Interests
Sociology of Law, Anthropology of Law, dispute settlement, ADR, legal pluralism

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Curriculum vitae

Education

- PhD (2013), CEDLA and Utrecht University. Supervisors: Prof. dr. Michiel Baud and prof. dr. Patrick Eisenlohr. Title of thesis: “The Challenge of Legal Pluralism: Local Dispute Settlement and the Indian-State Relationship in Ecuador”
- MA in Latin America Studies (2008), CEDLA, University of Amsterdam.
- BSc in Cultural Anthropology (cum laude) (2006), Utrecht University.
- LLM in Dutch tax law (1992), Leiden University.

Work experience

- Assistant professor at the Institute for Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Utrecht University (2016-present)
- Lecturer at Department of Sociology of Law, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2016-present)- Postdoctoral Researcher at "Montaigne Centre", Utrecht University (2015-2016)
- Lecturer at Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University (2007-2015)
- Lecturer at Department Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen UR (2014-2015)
- Lecturer at Leiden University College (on behalf of Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden) (2014)
- PhD Candidate at CEDLA, University of Amsterdam (and Utrecht University) (2008-2012)
- Executive Search at Vitae Interim Professionals, Rotterdam (2001-2003).
- Travelling (2000 - 2001)
- Aegon Levensverzekering NV, Den Haag (1992-2000)

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2007

All publications
  2017 - Articles
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2017). De peer review geëvalueerd. Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, 12 (1), (pp. 22-25).
  2017 - Book parts / chapters
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2017). Context van mediation. In Alex Brenninkmeijer, Dick Bonenkamp, Karen van Oyen & Hugo Prein (Eds.), Handboek Mediation (pp. 55-72). Den Haag: SDU.
  2017 - Book reviews
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2017). Subjectivity in Empirical Legal Research - Bookreview of: In the Name of Mediation. Recht der werkelijkheid, 38 (1), (pp. 82-85).
  2016 - Articles
Simon Thomas, M.A., van Lent, L. & van Kampen, P.T.C. (2016). De ZSM-werkwijze in de praktijk - Op zoek naar balans. Nederlands Juristenblad, 37, (pp. 2753-2758) (6 p.).
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2016). Interlegality at a Teniente Político's Office - A Legal Anthropological Perspective. Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal, 9 (1), (pp. 5-32).
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2016). Theorizing Mediation - Lessons Learned from Legal Anthropology. Utrecht Law Review, 12 (1), (pp. 50-60).
  2016 - Books
Simon Thomas, M.A., van Kampen, P.T.C., Langbroek, P.M., van Lent, L., Schiffelers, M.J.W.A. & van Erp, Judith (2016). Snel, Betekenisvol en Zorgvuldig - Een tussenevaluatie van de ZSM-werkwijze. (175 p.). Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers.
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2016). The challenge of legal pluralism - Local dispute settlement and the Indian-state relationship in Ecuador. (256 p.). MIlton Par, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routlege.
  2016 - Book parts / chapters
van Rossum, Wibo & Simon Thomas, Marc (2016). De paradox van rechter en ritueel. In Rolf Ortlep, Frank Groothuijse, Jeroen Kiewiet & Remco Nehmelman (Eds.), De rechter onder vuur (pp. 179-190). Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers.
  2016 - Book reviews
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2016). Bookreview: State Theory and Andean Politics - New Approaches to the Study of Rule. European review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 102, (pp. 145-147).
  2016 - Reports
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2016). Evaluatie onderzoek naar 'Peer Review' voor de MfN-registermediator. (124 p.). Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.
Simon Thomas, M.A., van Kampen, P.T.C., van Lent, L., Schiffelers, M.J.W.A., Langbroek, P.M. & van Erp, Judith (2016). Snel, Betekenisvol en Zorgvuldig - Een tussenevaluatie van de ZSM-werkwijze. (151 p.). Utrecht: WODC / Universiteit Utrecht.
  2015 - Articles
Simon Thomas, M.A., Bavinck, M. & Turner, B. (2015). Editorial. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 47 (3), (pp. 373-374).
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2015). Lokale rechtspraak in de hooglanden van Ecuador - Een bijzonder voorbeeld van inclusieve mediation. Nederlands-Vlaams tijdschrift voor Mediation en Conflict Managemen, 19 (4), (pp. 5-15).
Simon Thomas, M.A. & Bavinck, M. (2015). Postscript. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 47 (3), (pp. 508-512) (5 p.).
  2015 - Book reviews
  2015 - Websites / portals
Simon Thomas, Marc (12.06.2015). Toegang tot mediation.
  2015 - Special issue
Simon Thomas, M.A., Bavinck, M. & Turner, B. (2015). Franz von Benda-Beckmann - Legal Pluralism in Past and Future. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 47 (3).
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
Simon Thomas, Marc (2014). Media en rechtspluralisme in Ecuador. Latijns Amerika in beeld - Visies op een bewogen regio (pp. 102-112). Amsterdam: CEDLA.
Simon Thomas, Marc & Baud, Michiel (2014). Woord vooraf. Latijns Amerika in beeld - Visies op een bewogen regio (pp. ix-xii). Amsterdam: CEDLA.
  2014 - Book editorship
Simon Thomas, Marc (2014). Latijns Amerika in beeld - Visies op een bewogen regio. (224 p.). Amsterdam: CEDLA.
  2013 - Book reviews
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2013). Bookreview - Long live Atahualpa: Indigenous politics, justice, and democracy in the Northern Andes. European review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 94, (pp. 124-125) (2 p.).
  2013 - Doctoral thesis 1 (Research UU / Graduation UU)
  2012 - Articles
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2012). Brandnetels en boete of het gevang? Rechtsonzekerheid in Ecuador. LA chispa, 26 (360), (pp. 64-65) (2 p.).
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2012). Legal Pluralism and the Continuing Quest for Legal Certainty in Ecuador: A Case Study from the Andean Highlands. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 2 (7), (pp. 57-84).
  2012 - Book parts / chapters
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2012). Forum Shopping: The Daily Practice of Legal Pluralism. In Arij Ouweneel (Eds.), Andeans and Their Use of Cultural Resources: Space, Gender, Rights & Identity (pp. 85-106) (22 p.). Amsterdam: Cuandernos del CEDLA.
  2010 - Book reviews
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2010). Bookreview - Human rights in the Maya region: Global politics, cultural contentions, and moral engagements. Journal of Legal Anthropology, 1 (2), (pp. 259-260) (2 p.).
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2010). Bookreview - Derechos, costumbres y jurisdicciones indígenas en la América Latina contemporánea. Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe/European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 88, (pp. 120-121) (2 p.).
  2009 - Books
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2009). Legal pluralism and interlegality in Ecuador: The La Cocha murder case. (103 p.). Amsterdam: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA).
  2009 - Book parts / chapters
Simon Thomas, M.A. (2009). The process of interlegality in a situation of formal legal pluralism: A case study from La Cocha, Ecuador. In A. Böcker, Wibo van Rossum & H. Weyers (Eds.), Legal Anthropology from the Low Countries (pp. 165-182). Amsterdam: Reed Business, Special Issue Recht der Werkelijkheid 2009.
  2007 - Articles
Simon Thomas, Marc (2007). Elite onder de loep - Balanceren tussen algemeen en eigen belang. MensenStreken : antropologisch tijdschrift, 8 (3), (pp. 21) (24 p.).
  2005 - Articles
Simon Thomas, Marc (2005). De 162 nationaliteiten van Rotterdam. MensenStreken : antropologisch tijdschrift, 7 (2), (pp. 28) (29 p.).
Simon Thomas, Marc (2005). Van veldwerker tot studeerkamergeleerde: Claude Lévi-Strauss. MensenStreken : antropologisch tijdschrift, 7 (3), (pp. 22) (24 p.).
  0 - Awards
M.A. Simon Thomas (0). Biannual, international prize for the best socio-legal MA thesis written in The Netherlands and Belgium. VSR Scriptieprijs.
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Completed projects

Project:
Rule of Law Guarantees in Alternative Dispute Resolution 21.11.2016 to 29.05.2017
General project description
 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: research assignment Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Security and Justice
Project members UU
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Currently, Marc teaches the BA course "Rechtssociologie" at School of Law, Utrecht.

Previously (2007-2016), he has been coordinating, supervising and teaching in the following:

Coordinating:

- "Anthropology of Law", MA/BA course, Department of Sociology of Law, RU Groningen

- "The Challenge of Legal Pluralism", MA Lectura Guiada (tutorial), CEDLA, Amsterdam
- "Academic Writing", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Introduction to Development", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht

Supervising:

- MA research project [1], CEDLA, Amsterdam
- MA research projects [3], Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht

- BA research projects [2], School of Law, Utrecht
- BA reserach projects [38], Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- YES (Young Excellent Scholars) research internship program [2], CEDLA, Amsterdam

Teaching:

- "Algemene Rechtsleer", BA course, School of Law, Utrecht

- "Onderzoeks- en ScriptieTraject SBR", MA course, School of Law, Utrecht

- "Perspectieven op Recht", BA course, School of Law, Utrecht
- "Grondslagenvan het recht", BA course, School of Law, Utrecht
- "Legal Systems World Wide: Law and Culture", BA course, Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden
- "Recht, Bestuur en Beleid", BA course, Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen
- "Methoden en Technieken", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethoden", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Methods, Techniques, and Data Analysis for Field Research", BA course, Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen
- "Field Research Practical", BA course, Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen
- "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Globalization and Socio-cultural Complexity", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Ethnicity and Nationalism", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Culture, Violence, Trauma, and Reconciliation", BA course, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht
- "Natural Resources Governance in a Complex World", BA course, Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen
- "Rural Households and Livelihood Strategies", BA course, Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen

 

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Additional functions and activities

Current

- Lecturer at Department Sociology of Law at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

- Member of the Executive Body of the Commision on Legal Pluralism, http://commission-on-legal-pluralism.com/nl/home
- Board Member of the Commision of Legal Pluralism
- Board Member of the Vereniging voor de Sociaal-wetenschappelijke bestudering van het Recht (VSR), https://rechtensamenleving.org/

- Member of the Supervisory Board of Stichting BONT, http://www.stichtingbont.nl/  

Previous

- Board Member (secretary) NALACS (Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies), http://www.nalacs.nl/ 

- Chair of the Jury of the NALACS Thesis Award (2013)
- Member of the Jury (secretary) Nieboer Scriptieprijs, Utrecht University (2009-2012)
- Editor Mensenstreken: Antropologisch tijdschrift (2006-2007)

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