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Prof. A Becker and Dr. R. Nieuwenkamp have been appointed professors by special appointment of The Government as a labour organisation at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Law as of 1 August 2010.

Prof. A Becker and Dr. R. Nieuwenkamp have been appointed professors by special appointment of The Government as a labour organisation at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Law as of 1 August 2010. The chair has been created by the Stichting Ien Dales Leerstoel (Ien Dales Chair Foundation) and is supported by the CAOP, ABP and Loyalis.

The teaching of Nieuwenkamp and Becker is interdisciplinary and focuses on the relationship between political governance and civil service, the quality of government organisation and its relationship to employers and employees, and the political and administrative integrity of public service. The chair is at the intersection of constitutional and administrative law, civil service and labour law, labour relations, government organisation and personnel management techniques.

Roel Nieuwenkamp will predominantly deal with the practice of the government as a labour organisation. Political-administrative relations and international developments will also take centre stage. Alexander de Becker will particularly focus on the scientific background of the government as a labor organisation. He will focus research on all aspects of civil service status in the Netherlands, comparing it with that of civil service colleagues in other EU countries and their counterparts in international organisations (such as the EU).

Roel Nieuwenkamp

Fotograaf: Jeroen Oerlemans
Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp (1972) has worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs since 2001. First as director of Entrepreneurship of the Directorate-General for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and since 2006 as director of International Trade Policy & Globalisation at the Directorate-General for Foreign Economic Relations. He is also chair of the OECD Working Group on Corporate Social Responsibility and member of the Government Board Global Reporting Initiative.

Alexander de Becker

Fotograaf: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Alexander de Becker (1977) has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) in Belgium since 2007. He conducts research on the legal status of Belgian and Dutch civil servants in comparison with those of British, Swedish and Italian civil servants. Becker is also the lecturer in charge of the courses ‘Municipal law' and ‘Legal position of Government workforce' at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a freelance legal consultant in the field of civil service law and employment law in the public sector.