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Britta van Beers is associate professor at the department of legal theory and legal history. She is the Director of the Faculty of Law's Graduate School. In her research she explores the legal-philosophical dimensions of the regulation and governance of biomedical technologies.
She graduated in law and philosophy (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam and studied at New York University School of Law. After graduation she worked and studied in Tokyo as part of a 1-year post-graduate programme of Japanese language and culture, organised by the University of Leiden.
Since 2002 she has been part of the law faculty of the VU, first as a PhD candidate, and later as assistant and associate professor. She has been a visiting scholar at the Parisian universities Panthéon-Sorbonne and EHESS.
One of the main themes in her research concerns the legal and legal-philosophical meaning of concepts such as person, humanity and dignity, especially in the light of current biomedical developments (e.g. Van Beers 2009 and 2017). Of special interest to her are the symbolic dimensions and effects of the law within the regulation of new technological issues. Good illustrations are the international books that she co-edited on the concept of humanity across international law and biolaw (Van Beers, Corrias & Werner 2014), on the symbolic dimensions of law in general, and biolaw in particular (Van Klink, Van Beers & Poort 2016) and on personalised medicine, individual choice and the common good (Van Beers, Sterckx & Dickenson 2018). She is particularly intrigued by the legal and philosophical questions raised by the regulation of assisted reproductive technologies, such as wrongful birth and wrongful life actions, surrogacy and reproductive tourism (e.g. Van Beers 2015 and 2016). Currently, she is involved in international research projects on the governance of personalised medicine and on reproductive tourism.
- B.C. van Beers, S. Sterckx & D. Dickenson (eds.), Personalised Medicine, Individual Choice and the Common Good, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018.
- B.C. van Beers, 'The Changing Nature of Law's Natural Person. The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Legal Concept of the Person', German Law Journal 2017.
- B.C. van Beers, 'Van slaapkamer naar vruchtbaarheidskliniek. Deseksualisering van voortplanting en de 'uitbarsting van verantwoordelijkheid', Ars Aequi 2016.
- B. van Klink, B.C. van Beers & L. Poort (eds.), Symbolic Legislation Theory and Developments in Biolaw, Springer 2016.
- B.C. van Beers, 'Is Europe 'Giving in to Baby Markets?' Reproductive Tourism in Europe and the Gradual Erosion of Existing Legal Limits to Reproductive Markets', Medical Law Review 2015.
- B.C. van Beers, L. Corrias & W. Werner (eds.), Humanity across International Law and Biolaw, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2014.
- B.C. van Beers, Person and body in the law. Human dignity and self-determination in the era of medical biotechnology (published in Dutch in 2009, The Hague: BJU, ISBN 978-90-8974-177-6).
Van Beers teaches the following courses:
- Recht, ethiek en biotechnologie (Law, ethics and biotechnology, B3, part of the legal minor Juridische uitdagingen van de 21e eeuw)
- Bioethics, technology and law (master)
- Law and ethics of reproductive technologies (B3, part of the university minor Technology, law and ethics)
- Encyclopedie II (Philosophy of law, B3)
Additionally, she coordinates the university minor Technology, law and ethics
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- K Law
- health law
- legal theory
- B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
- philosophy of law
Welkom in de CRISPR-dierentuin: Juridische grenzen aan genetische modificatie van het nageslacht in het CRISPR-tijdperkvan Beers, B. C., 17 Jun 2019, In : Nederlands Juristenblad. 2019, 24, p. 1722-1730 9 p., 1371.
Research output: Contribution to Journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceeding › Chapter › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Book / Report › Book editing › Academic
Research output: Online publication or Non-textual form › Online publication or Website › Professional
Van individu naar dividu: Lessen uit de Silicon Valley voor de regulering van kunstmatige voortplantingvan Beers, B. C., 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidsrecht. 42, 3, p. 204-217 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to Journal › Article › Academic
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Activity: Lecture / Presentation › Academic
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