Researcher / Lecturer
As a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Jurisprudence of Leiden University, Erwin Dijkstra teaches several courses of the BA Dutch Law, supervises (master) theses and sits as a judge on the bench during Moot Court. As his research concerns the duty of liberal democracies to oppose discrimination, he has made extensive and personalized supervision and inclusivity the hallmarks of his teaching. This approach was rewarded with the JSVO-award for best lecturer at Leiden’s Law Faculty in September 2019.
His research activities, as mentioned before, concern the duty and possibilities for liberal democracies to oppose discrimination. As such, his research also looks at the necessary limitations of the deployment of criminal law, civil law, and governance, in this regard. Because, until very recently, most disadvantaged groups had more to fear from the law, than that they enjoyed its protection. A well-known example can be found in the juridical restrictions and disadvantages persons who identify on the spectrum of LGBTI+ encounter up to the present day. But one can also look at the formal and informal barriers women continue to experience when they are trying to shape their own lives. Dijkstra’s dissertation tries to anchor both the duties and limitations liberal democracies face in regard to the opposition to discrimination, in the fundamental rights every individual enjoys and ultimately in the Enlightenment values of liberty, equality, and human dignity, which were the inspiration and the bedrock for these rights.
Erwin Dijkstra (1989) is a philosopher of law, assyriologist and jurist. As a researcher he specializes both in narratives from ancient civilizations and what we can learn from them, and in the interaction between regulations and social reality. This last occupation is the subject of his research as a staff member of the department of Jurisprudence at Leiden University. Since his appointment in the fall of 2018, Dijkstra continues the research he conducted for his award-winning master thesis, which concerned the societal position of the mentally and physically impaired, as he writes a dissertation on the responsibility of liberal democracies to oppose discrimination and the necessary limits to state action in this regard. During this project he also publishes articles in scientific journals on the (juridical) emancipation of disadvantaged groups, such as persons of colour, women, persons who identify on the spectrum of LGBTI+, elderly persons, persons who follow a minority religion, and persons with a physical, mental, or psychological impairment.
Title research: Closing the gap: Law's attempts to protect and support disadvantaged groups.
Researcher / Lecturer
- Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
- Instituut voor Metajuridica
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