Bart van Klink

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faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( rechtstheorie en rechtsgeschiedenis )
Professor of Legal Methodology

Curriculum vitae
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.

Educational activities
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

Research activities
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.

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.

Main publications
  • Klink, B.M.J. van (2016), ‘Learning and Aphasia. What Is the Use of Skeptical Legal Education?’, in: Klink, B.M.J. van & Vries, U. de (Eds.), Academic Learning in Law. Theoretical Positions, Teaching Experiments and Learning Activities (pp. 15-34). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Klink, B.M.J. van & Taekema, H.S. (2016), ‘A Dynamic Model of Interdisciplinarity. Moving from Multidisciplinary to Interdisciplinary or Transdisciplinary Legal Research’, in: Kirste, S. (Ed.), Interdisziplinarität in den Rechtswissenschaften. Ein interdisziplinärer und internationaler Dialog (pp. 87-102). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.
  • Klink, B.M.J. van & Lembcke, O.W.L. (2016), ‘Exploring the Boundaries of Law. On the Is-Ought Distinction in Jellinek and Kelsen’, in: Taekema, H.S., Klink, B.M.J. van, & Been, W. de (Eds.), Facts and Norms in Law. Interdisciplinary Reflections on Legal Method (pp. 201-223). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Klink, B.M.J. van & Lembcke, O.W. (2013). What Rules the Rule of Law? A Comparison between Michael Oakeshott and Hans Kelsen. In M. Henkel & O.W. Lembcke (eds.), Praxis und Politik - Michael Oakeshott im Dialog (pp. 225-246). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • Klink, B.M.J. van (2011). Symbolic Power: Political Rhetoric in a State of Exception. In T. van Haaften (Ed.), Bending Opinion. Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain (pp. 307-325). Leiden: Leiden University Press. 

Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculteit of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Ancillary activities

Joods cultureel centrum MerkAz - Support organisation of musical events Utrecht, 01 november 2014
Boom Juridische uitgevers - Editor-in-chief journal Law & Method Den Haag, 01 december 2014
Verening vd Sociaalwetenschappeljike bestudering vh Recht - Board member Nijmegen, 15 januari 2016
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017