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New ACELG Ph.D. fellow wins prize from University of Utrecht for 'a top achievement on the crossroads of constitutional law and philosophy'

On 3 September 2012, his first official day as Ph.D. fellow with ACELG, Nik de Boer received the Prize for Best Master Thesis 2012 from his alma mater Utrecht University .  

In his thesis entitled  Constitutional Identity, Fundamental Rights and the Issue of Divergent Rights Standards in the EU Nik answers the question whether fundamental rights as guaranteed by the European Treaty and the  EU Charter of Fundamental Rights have precedence over the fundamental rights protected by the individual member states. While there is much to say for an equal treatment of all EU citizens, Nik's thesis shows that from a point of view of political philosophy more nuanced thoughts are possible.

According to its report, the jury was impressed by the 'rich thoughts manifested in the thesis, Nik's versatility and his capability to look at so complex a matter with a helicopter view'.