Nik de Boer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Private Law at the University of Amsterdam's Law Faculty and will be Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the same faculty from September 2019. He currently teaches financial law and was previously the academic coordinator of the Master in Law and Finance, as well as of the Faculty's PhD programme. His research focuses on constitutional law, EU law and political theory. In 2018 he received his PhD degree cum laude from the University of Amsterdam. His doctoral thesis 'Judging European Democracy' was awarded the Dissertation Prize of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law and offers a systematic analysis of how we should assess the democratic legitimacy of the national constitutional courts' review of European law.
Nik has held visiting positions at the European Court of Justice, Harvard Law School and the Center for Global Constitutionalism WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre. In 2017 he was a postdoctoral reseacher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). Nik studied Law (LLB, cum laude, LLM in Legal Research, cum laude) and Philosophy (BA, cum laude) at Utrecht University and the University of Cambridge. For his Master Thesis Constitutional Identity, Fundamental Rights and the Issue of Divergent Rights Standards in the EU he received the Prize for Best Master Thesis of Utrecht University in 2012, as well as the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. During his studies he was an editor of the Dutch law journal Ars Aequi and an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York.