Britta van Beers

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faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( rechtstheorie en rechtsgeschiedenis )
Associate professor

Curriculum vitae

Britta van Beers is associate professor at the department of legal theory and legal history. 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.

Educational activities

  • Recht, ethiek en biotechnologie (Law, ethics and biotechnology, B3 course, part of the minor Juridische uitdagingen van de 21e eeuw)
  • Bioethics, technology and law (master course)
  • Law and ethics of reproductive technologies (B3 course, part of the minor Technology, law and ethics)
  • Encyclopedie II (Philosophy of law, B3 course)

Research activities

Britta van Beers conducts research in the programme Boundaries of law

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) and on the symbolic dimensions of law in general, and biolaw in particular (Van Klink, Van Beers & Poort 2016). 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.


Biolaw, bioethics, regulation medical biotechnology, legal concept of the person, legal and philosphical concept of human dignity and humanity, human enhancement, legal status of the human body and human embryos, assisted reproductive technologies, self-determination, French legal theory, human rights.

Main publications

All VU Amsterdam publications, via Metis

Postal address

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Ancillary activities

De Jonge Gezondheidsraad (JongGR) - Unknown Den Haag, 01 september 2011
De Gezondheidsraad - Unknown Den Haag, 01 januari 2013
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017