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Jeanne Gaakeer

Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Jeanne Gaakeer obtained her Master’s degree in English and American Literature at the University of Utrecht. She received her Law Master’s, Master’s in Philosophy, and PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since then, she has become an Endowed Professor of Jurisprudence in Law, Language, and Literature, as well as a Full Professor of Jurisprudence in Hermeneutical and Narrative Foundations at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2013, she was awarded the J.B. White Award by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, in recognition for the originality and excellence of her contribution to Law, Culture and Humanities studies. She is one of the co-founders of the European Network for Law and Literature. Her main research interests are in Law and Literature, Law and Humanities and narrative jurisprudence. Professor Gaakeer is also a Senior Justice in the criminal law section of the Appellate Court of The Hague, the Netherlands.

Selected publications

  • A.M.P. Gaakeer (2019) Judging from Experience. Law, Praxis, Humanities, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.
  • A.M.P. Gaakeer (2018). Reality, Veracity and Probability in Law and Literature. In Y. Cartuyvels & et alia (Eds.), Le droit malgré tout, hommage à François Ost (pp. 559-586). Brussel: Presses de l’Université Saint-Louis
  • A.M.P. Gaakeer (2018). Fuss about a Footnote, or the Struggle for (the) Law in German legal theory. In D. Carpi & F. Ost (Eds.), As You Law it – Negotiating Shakespeare (Law and Literature, 15) (pp. 155-181). Berlijn: De Gruyter
  • A.M.P. Gaakeer (2017). The judge’s perplexity is the scholar’s opportunity.Opent extern German Law Journal, 18 (2), 332-362
  • A.M.P. Gaakeer (2013). The Literary Judge: A Dutch Experience. ISLL Papers (The Online Collection of the Italian Society for Law and Literature), 2013 (6), 1-18.

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Greta Olson

Professor of English and American literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen

Greta Olson studied philosophy and studio art at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as art history and philosophy at University College London and holds a master’s degree in philosophy and English from the University of Freiburg. There she also received her PhD in English, philosophy, and comparative linguistics as well as the venia legendi in American and English literature and cultural studies for her habilitation thesis “‘Criminal Beasts’ and the Rise of Positivist Criminology – From Shakespeare to Dickens”. In 2004, she became assistant professor under the auspices of a German Research Foundation grant at the University of Freiburg, before she moved to Giessen, where she became Professor of English and American literature and cultural studies at Justus Liebig University in 2009. She was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” in Bonn (2014, 2016) and is a member of the scientific advisory board there. Her fields of interest include cultural approaches to law/Law and Literature, the politics of form, critical media studies, American Studies, and feminism and sexuality studies. Greta Olson is a general editor of the European Journal of English Studies (EJES), and, with Jeanne Gaakeer, the co-founder of the European Network for Law and Literature.

Selected publications

  • Olson, Greta (2018). “ On Narrating and Troping the Law: The Conjoined Use of Narrative and Metaphor in Legal Discourse .” Narrative and Metaphor in the Law. Ed. Robert Weisberg and Michael Hanne. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 19-36.
  • Olson, Greta (2017). “ Figuring Human Rights and Troping Law-and-Literature: Li-Young Lee’s Poetic Investigations of Refugeeism and Migration.” Special Issue on “American Poetry Imagines the Law.” Ed. Birte Christ and Stefanie Mueller. Amerikastudien 62.2: 257-278.
  • Olson, Greta, ed., with Franz Reimer (2017). “Law’s Pluralities: Arguments for Cultural Approaches to Law.” German Law Journal 18.2.
  • Olson G., “The Turn to Passion: Has Law and Literature become Law and Affect?” Special Issue on “Legal Personhood.” In Frans-Willem Korsten and Yasco Horstmann (eds.) Law and Literature, 2016.
  • Olson G., “Narration and Narrative in Legal Discourse”, In Peter Hühn et al. (eds.), Living Handbook of Narratology, Hamburg University Press, 2014.
  • Olson G., “De-Americanizing Law-and-Literature Narratives: Opening up the Story”, Law & Literature, 2010, 22(1).

Maria Green
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Maria Green

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Maria Green studied Sanskrit literature at Columbia University and Harvard University, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  She has long worked in the intersections between human rights law and sustainable development, with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights and on human rights-based approaches to development.  She has taught at Brandeis University, where between 2003 and 2011 she was a member of the core faculty in the Graduate Programs on Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management;  and at Lund University in Sweden, where she originally came in the  2012-2013 Fulbright-Lund Distinguished Chair in International Human Rights, based jointly at RWI and the Lund Faculty of Law. Maria is also affiliated with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law in the United States. In addition to human rights law, rights and development, and legal reasoning, among other topics, she has taught courses in Law and Literature.

Selected publications

  • Green M. & Mattsson T., “Health, Rights and the State”, Scandinavian Studies in Law, 2017, 62: 177-197.
  • Maria Green and Susan Randolph, “Bringing Theory Intro Practice: Operational Criteria for Assessing Implementation of the International Right to Development.” Paper Prepared for the United Nations High Level Task Force on the Right to Development, January, 2010. United Nations doc. no. A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.5.
  • Green, M., “What We Talk About When We Talk About Indicators: Current Approaches to Human Rights Measurement”, Human Rights Quarterly, 2001, 23(4): 1062-1097.

Marielle Matthee

Guest Lecturer at Centre for Linguistics (Leiden University)

Dr. Marielle Matthee obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English language and Culture from the Leiden University. In 2014–2015, she studied English literature, creative writing, and poetry at the University of Liverpool. In 2007, she defended her PhD thesis in international law, and she holds a Master Degree in environmental law, obtained at Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1998. Her fields of interest include Law as Literature, International (environmental) Law, Literature and Imagination, Argumentation, and Rhetoric.

Selected publications

  • Matthee, Marielle, Dialoog als open ruimte: A Midsummer Night s Dream in C. Bouteligier and T. Slootweg (red.), Het empathisch supplement in recht en literatuur (Apeldoorn/Antwerpen: Garant/Maklu, 2018).
  • Matthee, Marielle, The Mill on the Floss: George Eliot on Imagination and the Art of Sympathy, Bachelor thesis in English Language and Culture, Leiden University, 2015.
  • Matthee, Marielle, Brigit Toebes, Marcel Brus (eds.) Armed Conflict and International Law: In Search of the Human Face (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2013).
  • Masson-Matthee, Marielle, The Codex Alimentarius Commission and Its Standards (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2007).
  • Matthee, Marielle, Co-ordination as Means to Promote a Coherent System of Intergovernmental Institutions Dealing with Food Security , in A. Mahiou and F. Snyder (eds.), La s é curit é alimentaire. Food Security and Food Safety , Hague Academy of International Law (Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2006) pp. 675-702.
  • Munin, Nellie and Matthee, Marielle, The Future of the EU: Rhetoric in Service of the Commission's Agenda? Journal of Jurisprudence and Legal Practice, XXVI, 1/2018, pp. 5–23.

Antenor Hallo de Wolff
Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf

Assistant Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law at University of Groningen

Antenor Hallo de Wolf obtained his law degree at Maastricht University, where he also later completed his PhD on the topic of privatization of state functions and services and human rights. Between 2006 and 2009, Antenor worked on a postdoctoral research project at the University of Bristol on the topic of torture prevention and the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture. After moving to the University of Groningen, Antenor was involved in organizing a series of seminars on the topic of socio-economic human rights in the provision of essential public services. This resulted in a publication of an edited book on the matter together with Marlies Hesselman and Brigit Toebes. His main research interests are international law, international law of human rights law, the use of force under international law, privatization and human rights, non-state actors in international and human rights law, the prevention of torture, and the implementation of international law through mandatory national mechanisms. Antenor plays drums in a band and is a major movie buff.

Selected publications

  • Hallo de Wolf, A., & Toebes, B. (2016). Assessing Private Sector Involvement in Health Care and Universal Health Coverage in Light of the Right to Health. Health and Human Rights, 18(2), 79-92.
  • Hallo de Wolf, A. G. (2013). Human Rights and the Regulation of Privatized Essential Services. Netherlands International Law Review, 60(2), 165-204.
  • Hallo de Wolf, A. G. (2011). Reconciling Privatization with Human Rights (School of Human Rights research series; Vol. 49). Antwerpen: Intersentia, International Law Series.

Frans-Willem Korsten

Frans-Willem Korsten holds the chair by special appointment 'Literature and society' at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, and is associate professor at LUCAS: the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. He published monographs on the Dutch baroque, theatricality and sovereignty, and published extensively on the relation between literature, art, capitalism and law. He was responsible for the NWO internationalization program ‘Precarity and Post-Autonomia: The Global Heritage’, together with Joost de Bloois (University of Amsterdam). With colleagues from the Universities of Gent and Brussel and the Free University of Amsterdam he runs a program funded by NWO/FWO under the acronym ITEMP: Imagineering Techniques in the Early Modern Period – a program that focuses on theatrical representations of violence. Together with Yasco Horsman (University Leiden) he is currently working on justice and the role of literature and art at the limits of the law under the umbrella of CALL: the Centre for Art, Literature and Law. One project he focuses on is how in art and literature the implications are explored for our conceptualisation of justice through an ethics of becoming.


Sovereignty, justice, law, affect, theatricality, violence, resistance, historiography, the political, ethics of becoming

Aikaterini (Katerina) Tsampi

Assistant Professor, Department of Transboundary Legal Studies (University of Groningen)

Dr. Katerina Tsampi was awarded, in 2017, a PhD in Human Rights from the University of Strasbourg — Institut de Recherches Carré de Malberg, France. She has undertaken LLM studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Paris II/Panthéon-Assas, France and in Specialised Public Law at the University of Bordeaux IV, France and University of Athens, Greece. She holds an LLB from the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens. A part of her undergraduate studies was undertaken in the University of Strasbourg, France (Notions Fondamentales de Droit International, Européen et Comparé).

From 2013 until 2017, Dr. Tsampi had been employed as a Legal Officer at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), publishing thus, various reports and studies pertaining to human rights law and collaborating with international organizations and national human rights stakeholders. In her capacity as an independent researcher, she has been involved in different human rights projects and activities (e.g. UN Human Rights Committee). She has been qualified as a trainer by the CoE HELP program and she is a qualified lawyer at the Rhodes Bar Association.

She has received different scholarships (i.e. Ile-de-France, Paris, “Bourse d’excellence”, C. Fanourakis Foundation (CFF), Greece). She speaks Greek (native speaker), English, French and Italian.

Selected publications

Tsampi A. Le principe de séparation des pouvoirs dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (Paris : Editions A. Pedone, 2019), 385 p.
Tsampi A., “Les statistiques dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme”, (The Statistics in the Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights), Public Law Applications (in Greek) 3/2009, pp. 802-817
Tsampi A. “La notion d’ "espérance légitime" au sein de l’article 1 du Protocole no 1 de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme”, Public Law Applications (in Greek) 2/2008, pp. 600-630

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