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Rikki Holtmaat

Professor of International Non-discrimination Law

Prof.mr. H.M.T. Holtmaat
+31 71 527 7740

Rikki (H.M.T.) Holtmaat (1952) is Professor of International Non-Discrimination Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden University.

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Curriculum vitae

Rikki (H.M.T.) Holtmaat (1952) is professor at the Europa Institute of Leiden University since 2003.

She graduated cum laude in Law at Utrecht University in 1983 and worked as a member of the academic staff of the Dutch Emancipation Council from 1982 -1985. Between 1985 and 2003 she lectured Women & Law at the University of Leiden. She has done a PhD-research (1992) into the gender bias of the system of social insurance and social assistance in the Netherlands.

Her publications cover the fields of feminist legal theory, EU equality law, the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and sexual harassment law. She has also written on law and literature. She participated inter alia in the European Forum 1994-1995 on Gender and the Use of Time as a visiting professor (European University Institute, Florence, Italy) and was a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland (1998). From 1998 until 2006 she mainly worked as a free lance consultant and researcher for national governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations all over the world. Since 2005, Rikki Holtmaat is a member of the European Commission’s Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field (www.equalitylaw.eu). Besides being an academic she also writes literary fiction (www.mariedemeister.nl).


  • Discrimination in Law & Society; external perspectives on law (Leiden Law Courses)
  • European Non-Discrimination Law (Leiden Law Courses)
  • Discrimination Law – Transnational Perspectives (Advanced Master HR Law)
  • Guest lectures about non-discrimination law in various other courses in and outside Leiden Law School

Professor of International Non-discrimination Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Europees Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 1.28



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