On 1 January 2011, Dr Gerrit Voerman was appointed Professor by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. He holds the new chair in Development and functioning of the Dutch and European party systems. In the Netherlands, Voerman is the expert in the field of political parties and their histories.
As professor, he will further investigate the development of political parties from a historical, constitutional and politicological approach.
Gerrit Voerman (Kampen, 1957) studied history at the University of Groningen and gained his PhD in 2001 with a thesis entitled ‘De meridiaan van Moskou. De CPN en de Communistische Internationale (1919-1930)’. [The Moscow Meridian. The CPN and the Communist Internationale (1991-1930)]. Voerman has headed the Documentation Centre for Dutch Political Parties (DNPP) of the University of Groningen since 1989.
Professor of Public Order Law Michel Vols has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his research into the extent to which national and international laws protect people from eviction.
A proposal on the legal constraints and opportunities for the European Union to further its ambitions as an international diplomatic actor has been selected by the European Commission.
Second-year LLB students Reet Varma & Helena Rasch and LLM Public International Law students Jessica Appelmann & Dominique Mollet represented the University of Groningen at the 8th European Human Rights Moot Court Competition.