I studied law and philosophy at Utrecht University. My combined master’s thesis on civil disobedience was awarded with the Kluwer’s Post Scriptum Prize 1986 and published as a book. From 1986 until 1994, I held various positions at the Philosophy Department at Utrecht University. In 1991, I defended my Ph.D. dissertation on the normative foundations of democracy, applied to issues such as minority rights and equal treatment legislation. From 1988 until 1994, I was also affiliated with the Utrecht Center for Bioethics and Health Law as researcher and project leader Ethics and Law. I conducted and supervised research on a wide range of issues in bioethics and health law. In Utrecht, I taught courses in ethics and practical philosophy in the departments of philosophy, theology, social sciences and biology.

In 1993, I was appointed as senior researcher at the Schoordijk Institute for Jurisprudence and Comparative Law, Tilburg University (since 1995 full time). In 1996, I received a PIONIER-grant from NWO for a broad interdisciplinary research programme on the importance of ideals in law, morality and politics, in which between 1996 and 2001 more than twenty researchers participated. In 2001, I was appointed as a full professor of jurisprudence (‘metajuridica’, or the interdisciplinary study of law) at the Tilburg Law School. In Tilburg, I taught courses in jurisprudence, legal philosophy and legal sociology.

Since August 2008, I am professor of Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Here, I have done research on conflicts in the multireligious society, on an interactionist theory of law and morality, and on legal research methods. In Rotterdam, I teach courses on these three themes, as well as on legal philosophy. Since September 2014, I am also a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, associated with the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context.

I published ten books and small monographs (nine in Dutch, one in English) and co-edited six books (four in English, two in Dutch) and a double special issue of the Erasmus Law Review. I published in journals such as Ethics, Bioethics, Law and Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Ratio Juris, Journal of Value Inquiry, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and Archiv für Rechts-und Sozialphilosophy. A number of my articles were translated into German, French and Turkish.


My Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded here: full C.V. professor Van der Burg (PDF).