Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

mr. N.J. (Nik) de Boer LLM


  • Faculty of Law
    Dep. Private Law A
  • Visiting address
    REC A
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  1030
    1000 BA  Amsterdam
  • N.J.deBoer@uva.nl
    T: 0205252973

Bio Nik de Boer

Nik de Boer is a lecturer at the Department of Private Law at the University of Amsterdam's Law Faculty. He teaches financial law and is the programme coordinator of the Master in Law and Finance, as well as the Faculty's PhD programme. His current research focuses on financial globalisation and its implications for social justice and democracy. His doctoral thesis 'Judging European Democracy' dealt with national judicial resistance to European integration and its democratic legitimacy. This project was supervised by  Deirdre Curtin, Leonard Besselink and Ingo Venzke.

Nik has held visiting positions at the European Court of Justice, Harvard Law School and the Center for Global Constitutionalism WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre. In 2017 he was a postdoctoral reseacher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). Nik studied Law (LLB, cum laude, LLM in Legal Research, cum laude) and Philosophy (BA, cum laude) at Utrecht University and the University of Cambridge. For his Master Thesis Constitutional Identity, Fundamental Rights and the Issue of Divergent Rights Standards in the EU  he received the Prize for Best Master Thesis of Utrecht University in 2012, as well as the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award.  During his studies he was an editor of the Dutch law journal Ars Aequi and an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York.

Research Interests

  • Financial Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • Economic and Monetary Union
  • Democratic and Constitutional Theory

Teaching (present)

  • Financieel Recht (LL.M)
  • PhD Programme (coordinator)
  • LL.M in Law & Finance (coordinator)

Teaching (past)

  • Europees Recht I (LL.B)
  • Europees Recht II (LL.B)

2013

  • de Boer, N. J. (2013). Fundamental rights and the EU internal market: just how fundamental are the EU treaty freedoms? A normative enquiry based on John Rawls' political philosophy. Utrecht Law Review, 9(1), 148-168. DOI: 10.18352/ulr.219  [details] 

2018

  • de Boer, N. J. (in press). The False Promise of Constitutional Pluralism. In M. Avbelj, & G. Davies (Eds.), A research handbook of Legal Pluralism and EU law Edward Elgar.

2013

  • de Boer, N. J. (2013). Constitutional identity, fundamental rights and the issue of divergent rights standards in the EU: a normative enquiry. Utrecht: Science Shop of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University. [details] 

2009

  • de Boer, N. J. (2009). The theoretical foundations of the Common Core of European Private Law Project: a critical appraisal. European Review of Private Law, 17(5), 841-851.

2015

  • de Boer, N. (Author), & Koedooder, C. (Author). (2015). How Europe’s least controversial rescue fund became controversial. BlogActiv. [details] 

2014

  • de Boer, N. J., (2014). Case note: ECJ (Grand Chamber) (Secret evidence and due process rights under EU law: ZZ: Case C-300/11, ZZ v. Secretary of State for the Home Department), Jun 04, 2013. (Common Market Law Review; Vol. 51, No. 4). [details] 

2013

  • de Boer, N., (2013). Case note: CJEU (Grand Chamber) (Addressing rights divergences under the Charter: Melloni, Case C-399/11, Stefano Melloni v. Ministerio Fiscal, Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 26 February 2013, nyr), Feb 26, 2013. (Common Market Law Review; Vol. 50, No. 4). [details] 

2012

  • de Boer, N. J. (2012). [Review of: T. Ginsburg, R. Dixon (2011) Comparative constitutional law]. Common Market Law Review, 49(4), 1508-1510. [details] 
  • de Boer, N. J., Dijkman, L., & van Kampen, S. (2012). The changing role of principles in the European multi-layered legal order: conference report of the symposium 'Principles and the Law', Utrecht University, 25 May 2011. European Review of Private Law, 20(2), 425-434. [details] 

2011

  • de Boer, N. (2011). [Review of: A. Torres Pérez (2009) Conflicts of rights in the European Union: a theory of supranational adjudication]. Common Market Law Review, 48(4), 1349-1353.

Media appearance

  • de Boer, Nik (07-03-2017): 'Publiek debat over EU kan eerlijker' [Web] NPO1 website. 'Publiek debat over EU kan eerlijker'.
  • de Boer, Nik (17-02-2017): UvA-juristen gaan EU-debat ‘structureel factchecken’ [Web] folia. UvA-juristen gaan EU-debat ‘structureel factchecken’.
  • de Boer, Nik, van Eijk, Nico & Schafraad, Pytrik (23-05-2015): Hoe krijgen we Sepp Blatter weg? Interview door Michiel Hulshof en Menno van der Veen [Print] Vrij Nederland. Hoe krijgen we Sepp Blatter weg? Interview door Michiel Hulshof en Menno van der Veen.

Journal editor

  • de Boer, Nik (reviewer) (2016-2020): S&D (Socialisme & Democratie) (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • de Boer, Nik (speaker) (21-2-2017): Soevereiniteit, democratie en de Grondwet, Juridisch Forum Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, Den Haag, Netherlands.
  • de Boer, Nik (speaker) (9-2-2017): Judging European Democracy, VU Centre for European Legal Studies Seminar, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • de Boer, Nik (speaker) & Majastre, Christophe (speaker) (29-10-2016): With the Law on our Side: Judicialisation and Juridification of German EU politics in the Euro-crisis, European Sociological Association.

2018

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