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Researchers explain right to demonstrate to all and sundry
Posted on:18 June 2024

What exactly does the right to demonstrate entail? What may and must the government do in the event of demonstrations, and what rights and obligations do protesters have? Demonstration expert Berend Roorda receives questions on this subject almost daily from the media and legal practitioners, especially now that protests are very topical in the Netherlands. With a new website, he makes all knowledge and regulations accessible to everyone.

Maarten Bouwmeester, LL.M., awarded Culture Fund scholarship for research stay in Australia
Posted on:18 June 2024

Maarten Bouwmeester, PhD candidate at our Faculty’s Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration, has been awarded a Cultural Fund grant for a research stay. He will be spending three months in Australia next year thanks to the scholarship to work on his doctoral research ‘System failure in the digital welfare state’.

The Young Academy Groningen welcomes seven new members
Posted on:17 June 2024

After summer, the Young Academy Groningen will again welcome seven new members. Their research covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from speech technology to the philosophy of ethics and politics and polymer chemistry.

State commission on rule of law issues advisory report on operation of rule of law
Posted on:12 June 2024

On 10 June, the State Commission on the Rule of Law, of which Prof. Marc Hertogh of our faculty is a member, published its advisory report on the functioning of the rule of law. In the report, titled 'The Broken Promise of the Rule of Law: Ten Proposals for Improvement with an Eye on the Citizen', the State Commission concludes that the rule of law has been long neglected by the government.

Delegation from Macquarie University visits Faculty of Law
Posted on:11 June 2024

On 6 and 7 June, the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen hosted a delegation from the Arts Faculty of Macquarie University (which also houses the Law branch at that university). The focus of the strategic partnership between the UG and Macquarie University is on joint doctorates.

MDMA State Committee, led by prof. Brigit Toebes, publishes first report
Posted on:06 June 2024

Today, the report “Beyond Ecstasy” by the State Committee on MDMA was presented to outgoing Medical Care Minister Pia Dijkstra. In the report, the State Committee calls for larger-scale research into the use of MDMA in therapy for people suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Researchers Faculty of Law launch new website on the right to protest
Posted on:05 June 2024

With this initiative, the researchers aim to meet the growing need for information about the right to freedom of peaceful assembly (the right to protest). The website consists of an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions, a knowledge base with the most recent case law and an advice tool on the basis of which free customized legal advice can be obtained. To develop the website and keep it up-to-date for three years, funding was granted by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the fall of 2023. The website is independent; the Ministry has not interfered with its content. All information on the website is available in Dutch and freely accessible to everyone.

Prof. Willem Janssen gives his vision on the future of public procurement at meeting of the European Commission and Member States
Posted on:29 May 2024

Prof. Willem Janssen, Extraordinary Professor of Procurement Law at our Faculty, has been invited by the European Commission to share his expertise. He will give his views on future public procurement at the meeting on 30 May 2024, where all EU member states are represented.

Dr Marlies Hesselman and colleagues awarded funding for Women in Solidarity for Energy (WISE) project
Posted on:28 May 2024

The Women in Solidarity for Energy (WISE) project, led by Dr Marlies Hesselman of the Faculty of Law among others, has been awarded funding from the European Union's Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) funding system.

Dr Aurélie Villanueva wins ELFA Proxime Accessit prize
Posted on:27 May 2024

Aurélie Villanueva, assistant professor European Union Law at our Faculty, has been awarded the Proxime Accessit Prize of the European law Faculties Association (ELFA). She received the prize for her dissertation titled ‘Culture in European Union Law: Between Market and Society’, which she defended last year at the European University Institute in Florence.

Dr Lolke Braaksma wins Praemium Erasmianum Research Prize
Posted on:22 May 2024

Lolke Braaksma, assistant professor of environmental law at our Faculty, has won one of the five Research Prizes of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. He was awarded the prize for his PhD thesis 'The programmatic approach in environmental law: Towards a legal design in the European Union and the Netherlands that pursues sustainability'.

Delegation from Fakultas Hukum Universitas Indonesia visits Faculty of Law
Posted on:22 May 2024

On 17 May 2024, the Faculty of Law was honoured to receive a delegation from Fakultas Hukum Universitas Indonesia.

Prof. Brigit Toebes and Dr Michelle Bruijn awarded Zonmw grant for research on alcohol regulation
Posted on:08 May 2024

Prof. Brigit Toebes and Dr Michelle Bruijn have been awarded a grant from funding organization Zonmw. The project is titled 'Alcohol regulation: navigating between allowing and prohibiting'.

Prof. Aline Klingenberg appointed member Temporary Committee on Student Data and present at two roundtable discussions Lower House of Parliament
Posted on:07 May 2024

Aline Klingenberg, professor of IT-Law at the Faculty of Law, was recently appointed by the Executive Board of the University of Groningen as a member of the Temporary Committee on Student Data.

Dr Marlies Hesselman and David Patterson, LL.M., co-author article in The Lancet
Posted on:06 May 2024

Dr Marlies Hesselman and David Patterson, LL.M., are co-authors of a publication in the leading health journal The Lancet. The article they co-authored is titled “Collective action and legal mobilisation for the right to health in the climate crisis”.

Prof. Marc Hertogh appointed as faculty professor at Utrecht University
Posted on:02 May 2024

Marc Hertogh has been appointed as faculty professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University as of 1 May 2024. He will fill the position part-time and will also remain Professor of Law and Society at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen.

Manolis Kotzampasakis, LL.M., receives Fulbright Schuman Grant
Posted on:30 April 2024

Manolis Kotzampasakis has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Schuman Grant for doctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.

Preventing extreme violence by understanding perpetrators: Conclusions from 30 years of research on perpetrators of international crimes and terrorism
Posted on:29 April 2024

The persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, the wars in former Yugoslavia, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, terrorist attacks, sexual violence: all raise the question of who is capable of such things. What kind of people are behind these atrocities and what motivates them? Alette Smeulers, professor of international crimes at the University of Groningen, researches perpetrators of extreme forms of mass and political violence. Her conclusion: 'The biggest mistake we can make is thinking that a perpetrator is completely different from ourselves.'

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