Editorial board

Amalia Amaya

Amalia Amaya is Research Fellow at the Institute for Philosophical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and British Academy Global Professor at Edinburgh Law School. She holds an LLM and a PhD from the European University Institute and an LLM and a SJD from Harvard Law School. She works primarily in philosophy of law, with a particular focus on legal reasoning and epistemology, although she is also interested in some issues in moral and political theory as well as international normative theory. She is the author of The Tapestry of Reason: An Inquiry into the Nature of Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument (Hart Publishing, 2015). She is currently working on three, related, projects. Her main research project is on law, virtue and character. More specifically, she is working on a book manuscript that develops a virtue approach to legal reasoning and judicial ethics. On this topic, she has also co-edited Law, Virtue and Justice (with Ho Hock Law, 2012), The Faces of Virtue in Law (with Claudio Michelon, 2020) and Virtue, Emotion and Imagination in Law and Legal Reasoning (with Maksymilian Del Mar, 2020). In addition, she also interested in exploring the role of exemplarity in contemporary legal and political culture and, specially, its implications for problems concerning the nature of authority. Finally, she is engaged on research on the relevance of fraternity as a legal and political ideal.

Personal website: https://www.law.ed.ac.uk/people/amalia-amaya-navarro

E-mail address: amalia.amaya@ed.ac.uk


Lukas van den Berge

Lukas van den Berge (PhD Utrecht 2016) wrote his dissertation on the theory of Dutch administrative law and is a frequent contributor on that subject to leading Dutch journals of public law and general jurisprudence. Recently, he published ‘Responsief bestuursrecht’, a longer essay on the future of Dutch administrative law written on request of the Dutch Society of Administrative Law (VAR). An article applying Foucault’s concept of governmentality to Dutch administrative law was recognized by the Dutch Lawyers Association (NJV) as one of the three best articles on Dutch law written in 2017 and 2018.

In international publications, Van den Berge’s research focuses on the history and theory of public law and law and humanities. Recent publications include articles on Schmitt and Agamben (2019), the future of the public-private law divide (2018), the intellectual history and the future of the doctrine of separation of powers (2017) and an article on the jurisprudence of Greek tragedy (2017). Click here for more.

A connecting theme in his writings is the idea that law is a contextual phenomenon that needs to be studied in its broader societal, cultural and economic environment.

Personal website: https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/LvandenBerge.

E-mail address: l.vandenberge@uu.nl


Laura Davies (editorial secretary)

Laura Davies is a legal scholar with a broad interest in legal philosophy, ethical legal decision-making, and the changing role of the judge.

After finishing the Legal Research Master at Utrecht University (cum laude) she now works as a PhD candidate and teacher at the department of legal philosophy at Radboud University. Her PhD-research is about the legitimacy of the judge. In order to unravel this complex and elusive concept, she looks at the different perspectives on legal legitimacy that have been dominant in the Netherlands over the past century. By analyzing how these perspectives interrelate, she aims to reach a more integral and substantive understanding of this concept that can help to improve legal legitimacy in a more structural way.

Personal website: https://www.ru.nl/personen/berg-l-m-van-den/

E-mail address: laura.davies@ru.nl


Iris van Domselaar (editor-in-chief)

Iris van Domselaar is Associate Professor in legal philosophy at the Amsterdam Law School and director of the Amsterdam Center on the Legal Professions and Access to Justice. She has studied both philosophy and law and was a visiting fellow at the Department of Philosophy of Harvard University and at the Department of Philosophy of Chicago University.
The central question in her research is how to account for ethics in legal practice. Drawing on neo-Aristotelian/neo-Wittgensteinian strands within practical philosophy, she seeks to come to grips with ethics as ‘lived experience’ on the part of legal professionals and of citizens who are directly confronted with the law.

In her thesis ‘The Fragility of Rightness. Adjudication and the primacy of practice’ Van Domselaar developed a virtue-ethical approach to legal decision-making in which a ‘six pack’ of judicial virtues, the concept of civic friendship and that of tragic legal choice play a key role. She has published on topics such as moral perception in legal decision-making, moral remainders and law, the virtue of courage for legal professionals, and legal ethics for (corporate) lawyers. Currently, she is conducting research projects on digital justice and plain legal language both by taking a virtue-ethical perspective. Van Domselaar is responsible for the legal ethics tracks in the bachelor’s and master’s programmes at the Amsterdam Law School.

Personal website: https://www.uva.nl/profiel/d/o/i.vandomselaar/i.vandomselaar.html?cb

E-mail address: i.vandomselaar@uva.nl


Antony Duff

Antony Duff is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling, and University of Minnesota Law School.
The focus of his research is on the philosophy of criminal law - in particular, penal theory (Trials and Punishments, 1986; Punishment, Communication and Community, 2001); the principles and structures of criminal liability (Intention, Agency and Criminal Liability, 1990; Criminal Attempts, 1996; Answering for Crime, 2007); the criminal process (The Trial on Trial, co-authored, 2007); and criminalisation (The Realm of Criminal Law, 2018).

Personal website: https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/256371

Email address: r.a.duff@stir.ac.uk


Niels Graaf

Niels Graaf studies constitutional and academic legal cultures from a comparative and historical perspective, especially in Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Het is a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University’s Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice. Prior to his arrival at Utrecht University, Graaf was affiliated with the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome and has taught at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He earned his LL.B. and LL.M. from the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, and a B.A. and a research M.A. in history from the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, University of Amsterdam. His research interests include the history and theory of legal thought, judicial and legal culture(s), comparative law, the migration of legal ideas and the history of legal scholarship.

Personal website: https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/NGraaf

E-mail address: n.graaf@uu.nl


Laura Henderson

Dr. Laura Henderson is Assistant Professor of international law and human rights at Utrecht University. Henderson obtained her PhD in legal philosophy from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a dissertation entitled Courts, Crisis and Contestation: Democratic Judicial Decision-Making in Times of Crisis. She studied law and anthropology at the University College Utrecht and has her LL.B and LL.M from the University of Utrecht, where she specialized in international law and human rights. Laura has been a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (Fall 2015) and at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Fall 2019). In 2021 she won the Wiarda Prize for her article Internalizing Contestation in Process-Based Judicial Review. Key themes in her research are judicial decision-making, democratic theory, and human rights.

Personal website: https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/LMHenderson1

E-mail address: l.m.henderson@uu.nl


Bastiaan Rijpkema

Bastiaan Rijpkema is Assistant Professor of Jurisprudence at Leiden University, the Netherlands. In 2015 he obtained his PhD at Leiden University with a dissertation on militant democracy, which was published in Dutch as Weerbare democratie: de grenzen van democratische tolerantie (Nieuw Amsterdam, 2015). For Weerbare democratie he was awarded the prize for the best Dutch political book of the year in 2016, the Prinsjesboekenprijs. In 2017 he won the New Scientist Wetenschapstalentprijs 2017 (New Scientist Science Talent Prize), the prize for the most talented young researcher of the Netherlands and Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium). The English edition of Weerbare democratie is published as Militant democracy: the limits of democratic tolerance with Routledge in their ‘Extremism and Democracy’. He also co-edited the first multidisciplinary volume in the field of militant democracy with Springer, bringing together philosophers, legal scholars and political scientists working on militant democracy. His main fields of interest are (militant) democracy, rights, sovereignty and freedom of expression.

Personal website: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/medewerkers/bastiaan-rijpkema

E-mail address: b.r.rijpkema@law.leidenuniv.nl


Jogchum Vrielink

Jogchum Vrielink teaches legal theory, discrimination law and law & religion at Université Saint-Louis Brussels. He holds a PhD in law, and also studied public administration and anthropology. His PhD thesis concerned the topic of racist hate speech and holocaust denial, and combined legal and socio-legal research. His research topics include discrimination law, fundamental and human rights (freedom of expression and freedom of religion in particular) and legal anthropology.

Personal website: https://www.usaintlouis.be/sl/4033387.html

E-mail address: jogchum.vrielink@usaintlouis.be

Members of the advisory board

  • Philip Pettit (Princeton University, USA and Australian National University, Australia)
  • Bonnie Honig (Brown University, USA)
  • Neil Walker (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Kristen Rundle (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Steven Winter (Wayne State University, USA)
  • Dorien Pessers (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
  • Gunther Teubner (Goethe University, Germany)
  • Wibren van der Burg (Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL)
  • Serge Gutwirth (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
  • Ton Hol (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Marc Loth (Tilburg University, NL)
  • Jan Smits (Maastricht University, NL)
  • Thomas Mertens (Nijmegen, NL)


Please contact the editorial board through the editorial secretary, Laura Davies: laura.davies@ru.nl.