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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., Jan 2019, In : Law and Method. 2019, p. 1-15 15 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

De Eerste Kamer als 'hoeder van de Grondwet'

van Klink, B., 6 Jun 2019, Scripta manent: Liber amicorum aangeboden aan Ankie Broekers-Knol. Den Haag: Boom juridisch, p. 219-221 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

De macht der verbeelding

van Klink, B., Taekema, H. S. & Elion-Valter, C., Aug 2019, Wegen der vrijheid: Liber amicorum voor Willem Witteveen. Elion-Valter, C., van Klink, B. & Taekema, S. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom juridisch, p. 3-9 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingForeword/postscriptAcademic

De rechtsstaat in twee verhalen

van Klink, B., Aug 2019, Wegen der vrijheid: Liber amicorum voor Willem Witteveen. Elion-Valter, C., van Klink, B. & Taekema, S. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom juridisch, p. 217-227 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Editorial: Special Issue on Active Learning and Teaching in Legal Education

van Klink, B., van Rossum, H. & de Vries, B., 2019, In : Law and Method. 1, p. 1-3 3 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademic

Open Access

Activities 2010 2019

The Rule of Law: Between Utopia and Ideology

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
14 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Vox Populi (author's conference for the volume on populism)

Bart van Klink (Participant), Ingeborg van der Geest (Organiser), Henrike Jansen (Organiser)
6 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventSeminarAcademic

The Utopian Challenge: The Utopia of Liberal Anti-Utopias

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Boom juridisch (Publisher)

Bart van Klink (Reviewer), Carinne Elion-Valter (Reviewer), H.S. Taekema (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Politics as Performance: The Populist Temptation

Bart van Klink (Speaker)
9 Jul 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic