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Dr M. de Wilde (1976) has been named Professor of Jurisprudence, in particular, the History of Legal Thought at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law.

Dhr. prof. dr. (Marc) de Wilde

Marc de Wilde is specialised in the history of law and legal theory. In the years ahead, his research will focus mainly on the history of the rule of law, seeking to answer the question how conceptions of the rule of law have evolved over the centuries and to identify the fundamental legal standards and institutions on which they are based. In particular, De Wilde is interested in exploring the extent to which states of exception are a necessity for – or a threat to – the rule of law.


De Wilde studied both Law and History at the UvA. He went on to obtain his doctorate cum laude in Philosophy, writing his thesis on political theology in the work of Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. Since 2006, De Wilde has worked as a university lecturer in Legal History at the UvA. Prior to this he briefly served as lecturer in Philosophy at the UvA’s Faculty of Humanities and did doctorate work at the German Institute in Amsterdam (Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam, DIA). From 2004 until 2005 he also worked as a guest researcher at John Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA).