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PhD Council

The PhD Council consists of 6 PhD students from various departments of the Faculty of Law , who are generally members of the Council for 1.5 years. The task of the PhD Council is twofold. First, the PhD Council represents the PhD students of the Law Faculty towards the Graduate School of Law (GGSL) and external organizations. In this capacity, they also assist PhD students with any practical or administrative issues that they might encounter in their research programme. Second, the council organizes social events to facilitate social interaction between the PhD students of the Law Faculty, including drinks, lunches and day trips.


Research Lunch

Four times a year, the PhD council organizes a research lunch for PhD students, during which a research related topic will be presented by a guest speaker. After a lecture there will be room for questions and discussion.

Social activities

Every first Friday of the month from 5 pm onwards all PhD students can join for drinks. Once a year (in March or October) there will be an activity instead of the regular drinks. A ‘gezellige’ exercise after a day of reading and writing. Each year the council organizes a Christmas dinner and a summer activity with a dinner for all PhD students of the Faculty of Law.

There are also a few university organizations that offer activities and support, as Gopher (Groningen Organisation for PhD Education and Recreation) and Grinn

Members of the PhD Council

  • Joe van Anken (chair)
    Department of Private Law and Notary Law
  • Martha Buit (treasurer)
    Department of Constitutional, admin. law & public administration
  • Margarita Nieves Zárate
    Department of Constitutional, Admin. Law & Public Administration
  • Astrid Voorwinden
    Department of Constitutional, Admin. Law & Public Administration
  • Zhen Chen
    Department of Business Law, European Law and Tax Law.
  • Michelle Bruijn
    Department of General Law Studies and History of Law

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