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Bart van Klink is Professor of Legal Methodology. He is responsible for the skills training in the legal curriculum, consisting of the following courses: Academic Legal Skills, Moot Court and Methods of Legal Research (amongst others). Between 1995 en 2009 he was lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and Legal History, Tilburg University. In 1998 he graduated cum laude on a thesis about legal communication and symbolism. In 2009 he was appointed at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he gave his inaugural lecture on legal forms and legal change in 2010. Moreover, Van Klink is member of the board of the Dutch association for the Sociology of Law (VSR) and editor-in-chief of the international journal Law & Method. Currently, he is director of the research programme 'Boundaries of Law'.


Legal theory, political theory, sociology of law, legal methods, legal skills, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, hermeneutics, rhetorics, legal reasoning, law and language, rule of law, authority, law and politics, law and resistance, populism, war on terror, legal change. 


Legal Skills (Juridische vaardigheden) 
Moot Court (Pleitoefening) 
Introduction to Jurisprudence (Inleiding tot de rechtswetenschap) 
Methods of Legal Research (Methoden van rechtswetenschappelijk onderzoek)  
Legal research lab (PhD course on legal research skills) 
Bachelor thesis 


Van Klink participates in the research programme Boundaries of Law, in particular in the research group Time & Law. He is interested in methodological issues concerning law and legal research as well as in legal change and development. Recently, he has edited volumes on symbolic legislation and biolaw, the fact-norm distinction and academic learning. Moreover, Van Klink publishes on topics such as the role of authority in law, radical temporality, law and resistance, law and language, populism and the rhetorical justification of exceptional measures in situations of war and in the fight against terrorism.

Ancillary activities

  • Joods cultureel centrum MerkAz | Utrecht | Support organisation of musical events | 2014-11-01 - present
  • Boom Juridische uitgevers | Den Haag | Editor-in-chief journal Law & Method | 2014-12-01 - present
  • Verening vd Sociaalwetenschappeljike bestudering vh Recht | Nijmegen | Bestuurder | 2016-01-15 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Personal information

Contact details

T: +31 20 59 86327

E: b.van.klink@vu.nl 

MAILING ADDRESS: De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

VISITING ADDRESS: Initium Building, De Boelelaan 1077, 1081 HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Law Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
legal validity Social Sciences
teaching position Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
constitutional state Social Sciences
experiment Social Sciences
decisionism Social Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

Critical Writing Skills in Legal Education

van Klink, B. M. J. & Francot, L., 2019, In : Law and Method. Special Issue on Active Learning and Teaching in Legal Education. p. 1-15 15 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A Fuller Understanding of Legal Validity and Soft Law

van Klink, B. M. J. & Lembcke, O. W., 2018, Legal Validity and Soft Law. Westerman, P., Hage, J., Kirste, S. & Mackor, A. R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 145-164 20 p. 7. (Law and Philsophy Library; no. 122).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

legal validity

Courts, Crisis, and Contestation: Democratic Judicial Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Henderson, L. M., 2018, 196 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Law at the right time: A plea for slow law in hasty times

van Klink, B., 15 Mar 2018, Temporal Boundaries of Law and Politics: Time Out of Joint. Corrias, L. & Francot, L. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 33-52 20 p. 3. (Law and Politics: Continental Perspectives).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

legal form
environmental law

Activities 2010 2019

  • 27 Lecture / Presentation
  • 7 Conference
  • 3 Editorial work
  • 1 PhD thesis examination

Jaarvergadering VSR

Bart van Klink (Organiser)
10 Jan 201911 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Politics as Performance: The Rise of Populism

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
12 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Legislation, Communication, and Authority. How to Account for the Bindingness of Law?

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
23 Feb 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Laclau and Zizek on the Rise of Populism in Western Europe

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
28 Sep 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

VSR-studiemiddag: Wie betaalt bepaalt?

Bart van Klink (Participant)
2 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic