Welcome!


My name is Roland Pierik, I am Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam Law School. In addition, I am an associate member of the Philosophy Department in the Faculty of Humanities and affiliated with the PPLE Bachelor programme (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics). Moreover, I am co-director of the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence, Dean for PhD students of the Law School (Promovendi-decaan), and Editor-in-Chief of The Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy.

My research interests concern the intersections of legal philosophy, political theory, law and public policy, with a special interest in contemporary liberal theories of justice and their application in plural societies and the globalizing world. My recent work focuses on human rights, the rule of law, religious diversity, and cosmopolitanism.


In 2013 I was affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Social Justice of Oxford University. Before that, I was a visiting scholar at University College London (2005), Columbia University (2004) and Ottawa University (1997-1998).

In 2015 I am affiliated as a "visiting fellow" to Ripple (Research in Political Philosophy in Leuven), a research institute at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leuven.


Before I came to Amsterdam, I taught political theory at Radboud University Nijmegen and legal philosophy at Tilburg University.

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A recent copy of my CV (September 2014), can be found here.

Updated: September 2014