mr. Lisette ten Haaf


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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.

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Law Social Sciences
regulation Social Sciences
human being Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
evaluation Social Sciences
legal system Social Sciences
organization research Social Sciences
appeal Social Sciences

Research Output 2012 2017

  • 5 Article
  • 3 Online publication or Website

Unborn and Future Children as New Legal Subjects: An Evaluation of Two Subject-Oriented Approaches—The Subject of Rights and the Subject of Interests

ten Haaf, L., 1 Sep 2017, In : German Law Journal. 18, 05, p. 1091-1120 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
only child
legal protection
legal system

Future Persons and Legal Persons: The Problematic Representation of the Future Child in the Regulation of Reproduction

ten Haaf, L., 2016, In : Laws. 5, 1, p. 10

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
human being

Grondrechten en het ongegronde recht op niet-bestaan: Gedwongen anticonceptie gezien in het licht van artikel 8 lid 2 EVRM

ten Haaf, L., 1 Mar 2017, In : Ars aequi. 2017, 3, p. 189-193 AA20170189.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Fundamental Rights
Open Access

Activities 2011 2016

  • 10 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Membership
  • 1 Conference

The Challenge of Unborn Life for Legal Personality

L. ten Haaf (Speaker)
12 May 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

VWR Wintervergadering 2016, Maastricht

L. ten Haaf (Chair), L.M.A. Francot (Chair), S. Mommers (Chair)
12 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

“No law or no future: hoe rekbaar is het recht om de toekomst veilig te stellen?”

L. ten Haaf (Speaker)
12 Feb 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Recht op risico - de problematiek van toekomstige kinderen in het licht van Luhmann en Beck

L.M.A. Francot (Speaker), L. ten Haaf (Speaker)
15 Jan 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Anticiperen op toekomstig leven

L. ten Haaf (Speaker)
17 Mar 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Interview: Recht op leven? De opmerkelijke juridische status van het embryo

Lisette ten Haaf


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities