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Rowie Stolk visiting researcher at UCLA School of Law

Rowie Stolk, PhD candidate at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law has been admitted as a visiting researcher to UCLA School of Law (University of California, Los Angeles) where she will stay during the first semester 2019 – 2020.

Rowie’s research at UCLA School of Law will be sponsored by Professor Scott Cummings (Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law). Under his supervision, for a period of four months this autumn Rowie will work on the comparative law part of her doctorate research.  

Her research deals with the changing role of interest groups within the legal system. More specifically, she is studying the legitimacy and effectiveness of strategic litigation interest groups, and to what extent Dutch (procedural) administrative law should facilitate this type of litigation.

The United States, birthplace of public interest litigation, has a rich history and extensive experience concerning supra-individual disputes. American procedural law provides interest groups with extensive options for representing general and collective interests. Besides this, in the United States and in particular at UCLA School of law many research projects are being conducted into this phenomenon.  

In addition to conducting a literature study, Rowie will also take certain courses as part of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. As a result she hopes to gain more insights into the legitimacy and effectiveness of strategic litigation interest groups from an American perspective and consequently to enrichen the debate on administrative law in the Netherlands on the right of appeal of interest groups.   


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