• Telephone:+31 20 59 86327
  • Room nr:2a-70
  • E-mail:b.van.klink@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( rechtstheorie en rechtsgeschiedenis )
  • Position:Professor of Legal Methodology

Curriculum vitae
Bart van Klink is Professor of Legal Methodology. He is responsible for the skills training in the legal curriculum, which consists of the following courses: Academic Legal Skills, Moot Court, Bachelor thesis and Methods of Legal Research. After having studied Literature Studies at Utrecht University, he became a PhD student at the Faculty of Law in Tilburg. Between 1995 en 2009 he was first Assistant and then Associate Professor Professor at the Department of Jurisprudence and Legal History, Tilburg University. In 1998 he graduated cum laude with a thesis on legal communication and symbolism (De wet als symbool: Over wettelijke communicatie en de Wet gelijke behandeling van mannen en vrouwen bij de arbeid). In his inaugural lecture on legal forms (Rechtsvormen: Autonomie van recht en rechtswetenschap, 2010) he addresses the question how the law should respond to challenges from society and science to change or give up its traditional ways of dealing with things.

Moreover, Van Klink is president of the Dutch Association for Philosophy of Law (VWR) and editor-in-chief of the international journal Law & Method.

Educational activities
Legal Skills (Juridische vaardigheden)
Moot Court (Pleitoefening)
Introduction to Jurisprudence (Inleiding tot de rechtswetenschap)
Methods of Legal Research (Methoden van rechtswetenschappelijk onderzoek) 
Legal research lab (Methoden van rechtswetenschap)
Bachelor thesis

Research activities
Van Klink participates in the research programme Boundaries of Law. He is interested in methodological issues concerning law as an academic discipline and its relation to other disciplines, legal education, and legal argumentation and interpretation. Currently, he is editing together with Sanne Taekema (Erasmus University Rotterdam) a book about the development of facts and norms through interdisciplinary research. Together with Britta van Beers and Lonneke Poort he started the research group Biolaw and Symbolic Interaction (BioSI). In 2014 this research group has organized an international congress on the symbolic dimensions of bio-regulation; an edited volume is forthcoming. Moreover, Van Klink publishes on topics such as the role of authority in law, academic learning, radical temporality, and the rhetorical justification of exceptional measures in situations of war and in the fight against terrorism.

Legal methods, legal skills, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, hermeneutics, rhetorics, legal reasoning, rule of law, authority, law and politics, fight against terrorism, legal theory, political theory, sociology of law.

Main publications

Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculteit of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Ancillary activities

Joods cultureel centrum MerkAz

Support organisation of musical events
01 november 2014

Boom Juridische uitgevers

Den Haag
Editor-in-chief journal Law & Method
01 december 2014

Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht

President of The Netherlands Association for Philosophy of L
08 december 2014

Onderzoeksschool Wijsbegeerte (OZSW)

Advisory member of the Research School Philosophy (OZSW)
09 december 2014
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 18 januari 2016
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