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Lisette ten Haaf graduated in 2010 from Utrecht University, after finishing the legal theory master and the EMT Honours Programme. After her study she worked as a lecturer at Utrecht University, before she started working at the Vrije Universiteit in 2011. Since December 2012, she has worked on her PhD research. For her research, she also worked as a visiting scholar at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn and at Kent Law School. Since 2015, she has combined her research with the coördinatorship of the Moot Court course. From 2011 to 2017, Lisette was also a board member of the Netherlands Association for Legal Philosophy.

Legal philosophy, bioethics, health law, regulation of procreation, legal protection of unborn life, the interests of the future child, the non-identity problem


Bachelorscriptie rechtstheorie (B3) (Bachelor thesis Legal Theory) 
Pleitoefening (B3) (Moot court) – Coordinator and lecturer 


Lisette ten Haaf conducts research in the programme Boundaries of Law. Her research addresses the question how we can justify intervention in reproduction in order to prevent a certain type of child from coming into existence. The main focus lies on the current approach endorsed by most Western legal systems: appealing to the interests of the future child and assuming this child has an interest in its own non-existence. This research argues that this subject-oriented approach is not sufficiently equipped to offer a sound justification and proposes an alternative approach to justify the prevention of a child.

Ancillary activities

  • Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht | Amsterdam | board member/webmaster | 2011-06-01
  • Vereniging voor Wijsbegeerte van het Recht | Amsterdam | Board member/webmaster | 2014-06-01

Last mutation Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2016-05-02)

Selected Research Output 2012 2017

  • 5 Article
  • 3 Online publication or Website
  • 1 Special issue
Open Access

Rainer Forst: The Justification of Basic Rights

Wolthuis, A. J., ten Haaf, L. & Mak, E. 2016 In : Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy. 45, 3

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewSpecial issue

Open Access