Erwin Dijkstra is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Jurisprudence of Leiden University. His research focusses on the duties and constraints of liberal democracies regarding the opposition to discrimination.
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. In addition to teaching, he researches the duties and constraints of liberal democracies regarding the opposition to discrimination. This research is expected to lead to a PhD thesis concerning the general obligations of governments in this regard, in addition to several scientific articles detailing the disadvantages and emancipatory struggles of specific marginalized groups.
Award-winning Research and Teaching
Both the research and teaching of Erwin Dijkstra have received recognition. In 2019 he was the first runner-up at the Leiden University Thesis Awards, with his master thesis on the societal position of physically and mentally impaired persons in the Netherlands. That same year he was also the first runner-up at the Netherlands Institute for the Near East BA and MA Thesis Awards, with his master thesis on the role of forests in the myths, legends, and folklore of the ancient Near East. Erwin Dijkstra has made extensive and personalized supervision and inclusivity the hallmarks of his teaching. This approach was rewarded with the JSVO-award for the best lecturer at the Leiden Law School in the academic year 2018-2019.
The current research of Erwin Dijkstra, as mentioned above, concerns the duties and constraints of liberal democracies regarding the opposition to 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 obligations and limitations liberal democracies encounter in regard to the opposition to discrimination, in the fundamental rights every individual enjoys and, ultimately, in the values of liberty, equality, and human dignity, which were the inspiration and the bedrock for these rights.
Diversity & Inclusivity
Adjacent to his work as a researcher and lecturer, Erwin Dijkstra is both a member of the Programme Committee and the Workgroup Diversity and Inclusivity of the Leiden Law School. Additionally, he is active for the Access & Support Platform, a network of disability experts by experience, both staff and students, at Leiden University.
Handicap & Recht
Besides his activities at Leiden university, Erwin Dijkstra is also one of the editors of the specialized law journal Handicap & Recht.
- Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
- Instituut voor Metajuridica
- Dijkstra E. (2021), Een gemankeerde wereld: theorieën over (on)toegankelijkheid, Recht der Werkelijkheid 42(3): 69-78.
- Dijkstra E. (2021), Addressing Problems Instead of Diagnoses: Reimagining Liberalism Regarding Disability and Public Health, Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy 50(1): 22-39.
- Dijkstra E. (2021), Het standstillbeginsel en de uitvoering van het VN-Verdrag Handicap, Handicap & Recht 6(1): 21-27.
- Dijkstra E. (2020), Wanneer je leven bepaald wordt door de wet: over handicap, regelgeving en identiteit, Handicap & Recht 5(2): 41-46.
- Dijkstra E. (2020), De coronacrisis noopt tot meer expliciete aandacht van de Nederlandse staat voor het VN-verdrag Handicap, NJCM-Bulletin: Nederlands tijdschrift voor de mensenrechten 45(3): 377-380 (NTM/NJCM-bull. 2020/30).
- Dijkstra E. & Langerak L. (26 May 2020), Coronavirus: Will Students and Staff with Disabilities Disappear in the (Social) Distance?. Leiden Inclusion Blog. Leiden: Leiden University [blog entry].
- Dijkstra E. (2020), Laat ouderen over de toekomst stemmen, Nederlands Juristenblad 95(16): 1151-1155 (NJB 2020/965).
- Dijkstra E. & Stad-Ogier J. (26 March 2020), Gelijke toegang tot zorg, ook bij corona. De Eerstelijns: Platform voor Strategie en Innovatie. Hoogvliet: Uitgever JB Lorenz Opinie B.V. [blog entry].
- Dijkstra E. (26 March 2020), Mensenrechten als vangrail: het liberalisme in tijden van Corona. Leiden Law Blog. Leiden: Leiden Law School [blog entry].
- Dijkstra E. (15 November 2019), Levenslange uitzichtloosheid voor jonggehandicapten. Leiden Law Blog. Leiden: Leiden Law School [blog entry].
- Dijkstra E. (4 September 2019), Acceptatierede JSVO Onderwijsprijs (Lecture).
- Dijkstra E. (2019), Het versmade strafrecht? Een breder perspectief op het toevoegen van geslachtskenmerken, genderidentiteit en genderexpressie aan de AWGB, Nederlands Juristenblad 94(17): 1239-1245 (NJB 2019/920).
- Dijkstra E. (21 March 2019), Governing identities: interactions between institutional assumptions and the identity of the impaired (Lecture). Leiden: Criptic Identities.
- Dijkstra E. (2018), Gevangen tussen het lot en het leven: de institutionele omgang met geestelijk en lichamelijk beperkte mensen in Nederland (Master Thesis), (Leiden University). [other].
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