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Dr. mr. A. (Anniek) de Ruijter

Faculty of Law
Constitutional and Administrative Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:10.02
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Anniek de Ruijter is Associate Professor Health Law and Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director and initiator of the Law Centre for Health and Life. She is Member of the Board of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Section on Public Health and Law of the European Public Health Association. Within the University of Amsterdam she is research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) at the Faculty of Law of the UvA and an affiliated fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). Anniek de Ruijter is member of the editorial board of the European Journal Risk Regulation with Cambridge University Press and on the Editorial Advisory Board of The LANCET Regional Europe.

    De Ruijters research focuses on questions regarding constitutional safeguards for health specific rights and values, partiularly also in the context of EU and global regulatory interactions. In 2017 she received the Veni award of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for a four-year research project on improving the EU constitutional order for responding to human health disasters such as pandemics or bioterrorist attacks.

    She is the director and founder, with many others, of the Amsterdam Law Practice programme for Experiential Learning at the Faculty of Law.

    Anniek de Ruijter was a year-long Fulbright fellow to the United States. She holds a LLM (Masters in Law) from both Columbia University School of Law (NYC) and the University of Amsterdam. She completed her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, under supervision of Professor Deirdre Curtin. The thesis received 'honorable mention for outstanding new academic work’ from the Dutch Association for Health Law. Anniek was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School Petrie Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Columbia University, School of Law, and at the Ecole de Droit de la Sorbonne, Pantheon, Paris1

    Her 2019 monograph EU Health Law & Policy: The Expansion on EU power in Public Health and Health Care with OUP was reviewed here and here.

    "EU Health Law & Policy is a deeply researched book with an impressive marshalling of the literature; interestingly, de Ruijter couples her doctrinal legal analysis with qualitative research data relating the accounts of civil servants working on healthpolicy in the EU institutional context, which makes for a richer account of her findings ... EU Health Law & Policy is an excellently crafted monograph deserving of a wide-ranging audience." - Edward S. Dove, University of Edinburgh, SCRIPTed

    "In any circumstances this book would be one of the best works on European Union health policy and law, and a notable contribution to research on law and society or the European Union in general. In the circumstances of COVID-19 it is also one of the most important ... this book is a fine piece of scholarship whose timeliness is a favor to all of us." - Scott L. Greer, University of Michigan, Journal of Health Politics and Law

  • Teaching

    Director of the Amsterdam Law Practice, programme for experiential learning

    Coordinator of International and European Health Law, mandatory course in the master Health Law

  • Publications


    • Beetsma, R., Burgoon, B., Nicoli, F., de Ruijter, A., & Vandenbroucke, F. (2021). Public support for European cooperation in the procurement, stockpiling and distribution of medicines. European Journal of Public Health, 31(2), 253–258. [details]
    • Brooks, E., & de Ruijter, A. (2021). Towards more comprehensive health law and policy research. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 16(1), 104-110. [details]
    • Brooks, E., Greer, S., Rozenblum, S., & de Ruijter, A. (Accepted/In press). COVID-19 and EU health policy. In M. Cini, & N. Pérez-Solórzano (Eds.), European Union Politics 7ed Oxford University Press.
    • Greer, S. L., de Ruijter, A., & Brooks, E. (2021). The COVID-19 pandemic: Failing forward in public health. In M. Riddervold, J. Trondal, & A. Newsome (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of EU Crises (pp. 747-764). (Palgrave studies in European Union politics). Palgrave Macmillan. [details]
    • Kickbusch, I., & de Ruijter, A. (2021). How a European Health Union can Strengthen Global Health. Lancet Regional Health Europe, 1, [100025]. [details]
    • de Ruijter, A., & Brooks, E. (2021). EU health law and policy response to COVID19. In S. L. Greer, E. J. King, A. Peralta-Santos, & E. Massard da Fonseca (Eds.), Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19 University of Michigan Press.




    • de Ruijter, A. (2018). EU External Health Security Policy and Law. In S. Blockmans, & P. Koutrakos (Eds.), Research Handbook on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (pp. 374-392). (Research Handbooks in European Law). Edward Elgar. [details]




    • de Ruijter, A., & Hervey, T. K. (2012). Healthcare and the Lisbon strategy. In P. Copeland, & D. Papadimitriou (Eds.), The EU's Lisbon strategy: evaluating success, understanding failure (pp. 130-148). (Palgrave studies in European Union politics). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]


    • de Ruijter, A. (2008). The Business of Health Care in the United States: What is Wrong with the Standard of Economic Efficiency? Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, 10(1), 87-109. [details]



    • de Ruijter, A. (2015). Gelijke aanspraak op het recht op lichamelijke integriteit. Nederlands Juristenblad, 90(25), 1658-1659. [1191].


    • de Ruijter, A. (2011). [Review of: A.J. Obermaier (2009) The end of territoriality? The impact of ECJ rulings on British, German and French social policy]. Journal of European Social Policy, 21(3), 278-279. [details]


    • van Roemburg, E., & de Ruijter, A. (2009). It's the law! Feminisme aan de rechtenfaculteit. In M. de Boer, & M. Wijers (Eds.), Vrouw & recht: de beweging, de mensen, de issues (pp. 155-159). [Amsterdam]: Pallas Publications. [details]


    • de Ruijter, A. (2017). Veni Award -Improving the EU constitutional order for responding to human health disasters.


    • de Ruijter, A. (2015). A silent revolution: the expansion of EU power in the field of human health: a rights-based analysis of EU health law & policy. [details]
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  • Ancillary activities
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