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Professor L. Besselink (1955) has been appointed Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law.

Prof Leonard Besselink, professor Constitutional Law

Professor L. Besselink (1955) has been appointed Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law.

Leonard Besselink focuses on the study of constitutional law. Understanding national constitutional law in its present-day context, requires us to take into account the effects of globalisation, internationalisation and Europeanisation. This implies a further exploration of the relationship between constitutional developments in the Netherlands and Europe in our teaching and research. This relationship between national constitutional law and European and international law needs to be viewed through the prism of comparative law, and can contribute to the development of both national and European constitutional law. An important part of Besselink’s research shall take place within the framework of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.

Besselink was Professor of European Constitutional Law at Utrecht University, which was established as a Jean Monnet Chair in 2005. In the 2003-2004 academic year, he was Visiting Professor and Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. Besselink’s prior career includes a position as university lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam. He served as a member of the Royal Commission on the Constitution in 2009 and 2010. The commission was charged with advising the Dutch government on citizens’ access to constitutional law, the relationship between constitutional rights and the rights ensuing from human rights treaties, and the extent to which European and international law affect the Netherlands constitutional system.