mw. mr. dr. drs. I. (Iris) van Domselaar

  • Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
    Afd. Privaatrecht A
  • Bezoekadres
    Oudemanhuispoort 4-6  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 201
  • Postadres:
    Oudemanhuispoort  4-6
    1012 CN  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253496


Iris van Domselaar is executive director of the Amsterdam Center for Legal Professions and researcher/lecturer in Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics. From January till April 2007 she was a visiting fellow at the Department of Philosophy of Harvard University. From January 2009 till April 2009 she was a visiting fellow at the Department of Philosophy of Chicago University.


Van Domselaar's research focuses on the question how best to account for moral quality in public institutions. She especially addresses this question regarding the classic legal institutions, like the judiciary and advocacy, but also all other public institutions that are relevant for securing values of political morality and the rule of law. Thereby emphasis is put on the relevance of (professional) virtues. In her thesis ‘The Fragility of Rightness. Adjudication and the primacy of practice’ she has developed an approach to moral quality of adjudication adjudication in which a set of judicial virtues, the concept of civic friendship and that of tragic legal choice play a key role. In 2015 she won the departmental prize for best article of the year with her article Moral Quality in Adjudication: On Judicial Virtues and Civic Friendship. 

Van Domselaar has published in professional and academic journals. She is a frequently asked guest speaker on the topic of judicial virtues, tragic legal choice, professional courage, the relation between ethics and law and Martha Nussbaum's moral and political philosophy. 


Research interests/Expertise

Virtue ethics, judicial perception, ethics for corporate lawyers, tragedy and moral dilemma's in law, legal and professional ethics, the ethics of whistleblowing, professional courage, legal reasoning, (in)commensurability and law, theories of justice, theories of adjudication, law and emotions, law and film, law and literature, legal ethics for coroporate lawyers, Martha Nussbaum's ethics and political philosophy, Bernard Williams ethics and political philosophy, neo-Aristotelian accounts of justice/professional ethics, civic friendship. 

The Fragility of Rightness. Adjudication and the primacy of practice.


Juridische Togaberoepen I (Legal Ethics: an introduction) 

Juridische Togaberoepen II ( Integrity and the Legal Professions)

Advocaat en Ethos (Ethics for Lawyers, mastercourse)

Legal Ethics for Corporate Lawyers (course in international master 'Law, Finance and Behavior) 

Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy


  • van Domselaar, I. (2017). On Tragic Legal Choices. Law and Humanities[details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2016). The Perceptive Judge. Jurisprudence[details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2015). Moral quality in adjudication. On judicial virtues and civic friendship. Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, 44(1), 24-46. DOI: 10.5553/NJLP/.000025 [details] [PDF]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2013). A neo-Aristotelian notion of reciprocity: about civic friendship and (the troublesome character of) right judicial decisions. Ius Gentium, 23, 223-247. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6031-8_13 [details]
  • van Domselaar, I. (2013). Over Professionele Moed. Openbaar Bestuur, 23(2), 31-36. [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2011). 'Zelfbevestigende' versus 'ontregelde' rechtspraak. Nederlands Juristenblad, 86(16), 1032-1039. [795]. [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2010). Tragic choice as a legal concept. In M. Borowski (Ed.), On the nature of legal principles: proceedings of the Special Workshop "The Principles Theory" held at the 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), Kraków, 2007 (pp. 105-116). (ARSP. Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie. Beiheft; Vol. 119). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. [details] [PDF]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2009). Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach: in need of a moral epistemology? Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie, 38(3), 186-201. [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2015). Vrijheid als begrensde kwetsbaarheid: Nussbaums theorie van sociale rechtvaardigheid. In R. Tinnevelt, & Y. Denier (Eds.), Martha Nussbaum: Filosofie als activisme. (pp. 116-133). Zoetermeer: Uitgeverij Klement. [details]


  • van Eijk, N. (Author), Roessler, B. (Author), Zuiderveen Borgesius, F. (Author), Oostveen, M. (Author), et al., . U. (Author), van Son, R. (Author), ... Taylor, L. (Author). (2014). Academics Against Mass Surveillance[details] [PDF]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2012). Belangenafweging in het bestuursrecht: natte vingerwerk? In E. T. Feteris, H. Kloosterhuis, H. J. Plug, J. A. Pontier, & C. E. Smith (Eds.), Gewogen oordelen: essays over argumentatie en recht: bijdragen aan het Zesde Symposium Juridische Argumentatie 24 juni 2011. (pp. 429-446). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details]
  • van Domselaar, I. (2012). Wat heeft Liesbeth met het paasei? Over reflectie, gewoonte en de rol van vertrouwen in professionele praktijken. In G. Drosterij (Ed.), Behulpzaam bij het creëren van orde en vrede (niet gerechtigheid): opstellen voor Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer (pp. 107-113). Houten: Digital Printing Partners. [details] [PDF]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2008). Sisters in law: over huiselijk geweld en de pathologie van het recht. Ars Aequi, 57(10), 762-765. [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2014). De sixpack van de rechter. Een deugdethische benadering van rechtspraak. Rechtstreeks, 2014(3/4), 62-80. [details] [PDF]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2013). [Review of: T. Brooks (2012) Justice and the capabilities approach]. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 14(3), 458-460. DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2013.809907 [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2011). [Bespreking van: R. Dworkin (2011) Justice for hedgehogs]. Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie, 40(2), 177-181. [details]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2014). The fragility of rightness. Adjudication and the primacy of practice [details / files]


  • van Domselaar, I. (2016). The Perceptive Judge. (Amsterdam Law School Research Paper; No. 2016-03). [details]

Media optreden

  • van Domselaar, Iris (13-06-2016): Bedrijfsadvocaat, dien de publieke zaak [Print] NRC Handelsblad. Bedrijfsadvocaat, dien de publieke zaak.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (13-06-2016): Maak meer werk van onafhankelijke bedrijfsadvocaat [Web] Advocatenblad. Maak meer werk van onafhankelijke bedrijfsadvocatuur.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (11-06-2014): Het gaat hier vaak over baby's [Print]. Het gaat hier vaak over baby's.


  • van Domselaar, Iris (chair) (15-6-2017): Symposium Legal Ethics and Corporate Lawyers: Friends or Foes? (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • van Domselaar, Iris (chair) (15-7-2016): International Legal Ethics Conference VII (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • van Domselaar, Iris (participant) (21-11-2016): Expert meeting on Virtues and Law (organized by Jan Klabbers) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


  • van Domselaar, Iris (keynote speaker) (9-2-2017): De onafhankelijkheid van de in-house advocaat: een in context benadering, Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten, Neuhuyskade 94, postbus 30851, 2500 GW Den Haag.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (15-6-2016): Empathy and the Art of Addressing the Loser in Law: a reply to Suzanne Keen, Imagination and Legal Reasoning: History, Theory, Pedagogy: one-day workshop, London, United Kingdom.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (21-9-2016): Whistleblowing and the Law: a realist perspective, Bildung Academie (Amsterdam).
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (22-12-2016): The art of talking to the loser in adjudication, University of Cantanzaro .
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (23-6-2016): On Moral and Tragic Dilemmas in Law, SSR (Training and Study Centre for the Judiciary), Uniceflaan 1 3527 WX Utrecht.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (23-6-2016): What can Judges learn from McEwan’s Children Act?, SSR (Training and Study Centre for the Judiciary), Uniceflaan 1 3527 WX Utrecht.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (invited speaker) (29-1-2016): 'A T-Shaped What? A (more) Sceptical Approach to T-shaped Lawyering', Landelijke Juridische Onderwijsdag, Amsterdam.
  • van Domselaar, Iris (keynote speaker) (31-10-2016): Judicial Courage in organisational context, De Brave Rechter , Leiden , Netherlands.
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