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Dr R.H.M. (Roland) Pierik

Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy
Faculty of Law
Dep. Jurisprudence
Photographer: Liesbeth Dingemans

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: A8.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 15654
    1001 ND Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Research

    Roland Pierik is Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

    In addition, he is:

    Research interests
    My research interests revolve around the question of how liberal democracies should deal with cases of conflicting fundamental rights or conflicts between fundamental rights and other central ideals within constitutional democracies: the rule of law or democracy. I study fundamental rights both as legal-philosophical concepts and as legally enforceable rights as they have been formalized in human rights conventions, especially the ECHR. 
    I have analyzed a myriad of such legal disputes and policy dilemmas: the discussion of the crucifix in Italian public school before the EC(t)HR; the role of human rights in the regulation of transnational clinical trials; The shared responsibility of nation states to protect fundamental human rights for all; and the tension between universal human rights and national identity.

    My research interests lie at the intersections of legal philosophy, political theory, law and public policy, especially contemporary liberal theories of justice and their application in plural societies. His recent work focusses on human rights, fundamental rights, the rule of law, religious diversity, and globalization.

    Vaccination
    Since 2013, my research interests increasingly gravitated towards the legal regulation of childhood vaccination against infectious diseases. Several (conflicting) fundamental rights are pivotal in these discussions: the freedom of religion and conscience of non-vaccinating parents, the right to bodily integrity, but also the right to health of unvaccinated children – in particular Art. 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, stating that in all actions concerning children, their best interests must be a primary consideration of state agencies. Other relevant considerations are the responsibility of the state to protect public health and vulnerable citizens. 

    I currently work on a monograph entitled Inducing Immunity: Regulating Collective Immunisation in Times of Vaccine Hesitancy (with Marcel Verweij). In this book, we analyse the conditions under which a liberal-democratic government should make vaccination against infectious diseases such as such as measles, polio and whooping cough mandatory.

     

    Full list of publications

    Supervision of PhD students:

    • Geoff Gordon (International legal theory, VU University Amsterdam, Innate Cosmopolitanism, (successfully defended on 22 April 2013).
    • Hadassa Noorda Thinking war in the 21st century: Introducing non-state actors in Just war theory (successfully defended on 27 Oktober 2016), with prof. Marc de Wilde.
    • Tamar de Waal Conditional Belonging: A Legal-Philosophical Inquiry into Integration Requirements for Immigrants in Europe. (successfully defended on 21 September 2017) with prof. Marc de Wilde and prof. Will Kymlicka.
    • Lars Nickelson (Political Theory, UvA, 2013 –) on the governance of religious pluralism, with dr Marcel Maussen.
    • Steven Kraaijeveld (Public health ethics, Wageningen University, 2018 –) on altruistic vaccination.

    Teaching

     

  • Publications

    2020

    2019

    • Pierik, R. (2019). Do nation states share a responsibility to secure the necessary conditions for a dignified existence? In L. Gunnarsson, U. Mürbe, & N. Weiß (Eds.), The Human Right to a Dignified Existence in an International Context: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives (pp. 71-93). (Schriften des MenschenRechtsZentrums der Universität Potsdam; Vol. 46). Nomos. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845299297-71 [details]
    • Pierik, R. H. M. (2019). Past een vaccinatieplicht binnen het EVRM-regime? Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidsrecht, 43(4), 8-25. https://doi.org/10.5553/TvGR/016508742019043004002 [details]

    2018

    2017

    2015

    2014

    2013

    2012

    • Pierik, R. (2012). Burgerschap en inburgering. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 33(1), 20-40. [details]
    • Pierik, R. (2012). State Neutrality and the Limits of Religious Symbolism. In J. Temperman (Ed.), The Lautsi papers: multidisciplinary reflections on religious symbols in the public school classroom (pp. 201-218). (Studies in religion, secular beliefs and human rights; No. 11). Leiden, Boston: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004222519_010 [details]

    2011

    • Gordon, G., & Pierik, R. (2011). Liberal political philosophy: the role of non-state actors and considerations of global justice. In B. Reinalda (Ed.), The Ashgate research companion to non-state actors (pp. 133-146). (Ashgate research companions). Farnham: Ashgate. [details]
    • Pierik, R. (2011). Because it is normative, stupid! Over de rol van politieke theorie binnen de politicologie. Res Publica, 53(1), 9-29. [details]
    • Pierik, R., & van der Burg, W. (2011). The Neutral State and the Mandatory Crucifix. Religion and Human Rights, 6(3), 267-272. https://doi.org/10.1163/187103211X599427 [details]

    2010

    • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (2010). Can cosmopolitanism survive institutionalization? In R. Pierik, & W. Werner (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory (pp. 277-289). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511761263.012 [details]
    • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (2010). Cosmopolitanism in context: an introduction. In R. Pierik, & W. Werner (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory (pp. 1-16). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511761263.001 [details]

    2008

    2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    2015

    2014

    2013

    • Pierik, R. (2013). Dan toch maar een vaccinatieplicht? Nederlands Juristenblad, 88(40), 2798-2807. [2362]. [details]
    • Pierik, R. (2013). De opvoedende overheid: ingrijpen in de ouder-kindrelatie. Idee, 34(4), 26-29. [details]

    2012

    • Pierik, R. (2012). Het EHRM en het Europese rechtsstatelijk deficit: een analyse van de Lautsi-zaak. Nederlands Juristenblad, 87(20), 1382-1389. [1170]. [details]

    2010

    • Pierik, R. (2010). Mind the gap! Over het (vermeende) belang van de verschillen tussen common law en civil law voor de rechtsfilosofie. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 31(2), 49-53. [details]
    • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (Eds.) (2010). Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]

    2006

    • Houwerzijl, M. S., & Pierik, R. (2006). Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad, Ethics & International Affairs (EIA). Ethics and International Affairs, 20(2), 193-218.

    Talk / presentation

    • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (9-3-2017). Is liberal-nationalism an oxymoron? On the elusive character of national identity, Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen .
    • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (10-9-2016). Religious symbolism in the public sphere: a post-nationalist critique of identity claims, ECPR General Conference, Prague.
    • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (2-7-2016). Between Public Health and Parental Discretion: The Legal Regulation of Childhood Vaccination., Annual meeting of the Society of Applied Philosopy, Belfast.
    • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (27-6-2016). On Religious and Secular Exemptions. A Case Study of Childhood Vaccination Waivers, Annual meeting of the Association of Legal and Social Philosophy, London.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Gezondheidsraad
      formeel lid van de Gezondheidsraad.
    • Gezondheidsraad
      Lid van de Vaste Commissie Vaccinaties van de Gezondheidsraad.