Pauline WestermanProfessor Legal Philosophy, Fac. Of Law | University Groningen
1998 Dissertation: `The Disintegration of Natural Law Theory: From Aquinas to Finnis” Brill, Leiden 1998; cum laude and awarded with Praemium Erasmianum; Since 2001 Professor in Philosophy of Law University of Groningen. Since 2007 Member of Staff Academy of Legislation, The Hague. Since 2004 Member Executive Committee International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) Since 2009 Editor of Legisprudence: International Journal for the Study of Legislation (Hart Publishing, Oxford) Since 2007 Editor Rechtsgeleerd Magazijn Themis Since 2010 Member of the KNAW
Rule of Law expertise
- Alternative forms of legislation and regulation
- The nature of rules and principles
- History of natural law and natural rights
Country / region expertise
- Sierra Leone
- Supervision of dissertation by Bo Zhao concerning Rule of Law in China: B. Zhao: The Importance of Principles for the Rule of Law in China.
- Author of several articles on goal-oriented regulation, that analyse and criticise the instrumentalisation of rules and transformation of a European concept of rule of law. (`Governing by Goals: Governance as a Legal Style', in: Legisprudence: International Journal for the Study of Legislation, Hart Publishing, 2007, pp. 51-72; “The Emergence of New Types of Norms”, in: Luc J. Wintgens (ed.) Legislation in Context: Essays in Legisprudence, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007, pp. 117-133.)
- Analysed the consequences of goal-regulation for democracy (in “From Democracy Towards Accountability”: in: E. Kofmel (ed.) Major Trends in Anti-Democratic Thought, Imprint Academics, 2008, pp. 165-185 and “Who is regulating the self? Selfregulation as outsourced rulemaking”, in: Selfregulation, thematic issue of Legisprudence: International Journal for the Study of Legislation, Vol. 4, no 3 2010, pp. 225-241.)
- Analysed the decline of the public sphere (Instrumentalisation of the public sphere: a philosophical perspective in: Social Security as a Public Interest: a multidisciplinary inquiry into the foundations of the regulatory welfare state, eds. G.Vonk en A. Tollenaar, Intersentia, 2010, pp. 173-193).
- Gave courses on rule of law and legislation to legislative and governmental lawyers both in The Hague and in Paramaribo, Suriname.