Biography

  • 1957 Born in Schiedam, The Netherlands
  • 1976 Exam secondary school
  • 1986 Masters Philosophy University of Groningen
  • 1997 PhD Faculty of Law, University of Groningen. (Dissertation:The Disintegration of Natural Law Theory: From Aquinas to Finnis, Brill Leiden, 1998. Cum laude, awarded Praemium Erasmianum)
  • 1992-2000 Assistant Professor Philosophy of Law (Universities of Groningen and Nijmegen)
  • 1991-1994 External Examiner Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • 1993-2003 Member of the Board of the (Dutch section of) the Association for the Philosophy of Law
  • 2000-2001 Associate Professor Philosophy of Law, University of Groningen
  • From 2001 Professor Philosophy of Law, University of Groningen and (until 2009) Free University Amsterdam
  • From 2004 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR)
  • From 2007 Program-manager Academy for Legislation, The Hague
  • From 2007 Editor RM Themis
  • From 2009 General Editor of Legisprudence, International Journal for the Study of Legislation, Hart Publishing, Oxford (current title: Theory and Practice of Legislation, Taylor & Francis)
  • From 2010 Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, section Law
  • From 2011 Member Editorial board Recht & Methode (Law & Method)
  • From 2012 Member scientific advisory board European Masters Legal Theory (AMELIE-project)
  • From 2013 Director of the Groningen Graduate School of Law
  • 2014-2017 Member Social Sciences Council of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences