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Maurice Adams

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    5037 DE Tilburg


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Research interests

Maurice Adams studied law and philosophy of law/legal theory at the Universities of Maastricht (the Netherlands), Leuven (Belgium) and Oxford (UK). He completed a doctorate in law at the University of Leuven under the supervision of M. Van Hoecke en H. Cousy.

Since 1997 he was professor of law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, mainly working in the field of jurisprudence and comparative law. In 2007 he was appointed full professor of general jurisprudence at Tilburg University (The Netherlands).

Since 2012 he is also professor of democratice governance and rule of law (vfund chair) at Tilburg Law School, and a since 2011 visiting professor at the law school of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

In his research he has a particular interest in issues of comparative legal research methodology, issues of regulation, and in the relation between (constitutional) law and politics (and political theory). Most recently he published, together with J. Griffiths and H. Weyers, a large scale comparative study about the regulation of euthanasia: Euthanasia and Law in Europe, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2008, 598 p. And also, together with J. Bomhoff and N. Huls as co-editors, a book on the argumentative practice of highest courts: The Legitimacy of highest courts? rulings, The Hague/Cambridge, TMC Asser Press/Cambridge University Press, 2009, 478 p. Most recently a volume appeared on Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (edited with J. Bomhoff), Judging Europe's Judges. The Legitimacy of the Case Law of the European Court of Justice, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2013 (edited met H. de Waele, J. Meeusen en G. Straetmans), Method and Culture in Comparative Law, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2014 (edited with D. Heirbaut), Constitutionalism and Rule of Law. Between Idealism and Realism, Cambridge University Press 2017 (edited with A. Meuwese and E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin), and Research Collection on Method and Methodology in Comparative Law, Edward Elgar 2017 (with J. Husa and M. Oderkerk).

He also functioned in an advisory capacity for Belgian parliament on the regulation of euthanasia and on legislative evaluation, and also for the House of Lords in the United Kingdom. He has been editor in chief (2003-2008) of the journal Rechtsfilosofie en Rechtstheorie, and chairperson of the Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History at Tilburg Law School. He is an elected member of the Académie Internationale de droit comparé.



Current courses

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External positions

(Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei)

27 Apr 2013 → …

(Regionale Toetsingscommissie Euthanasie (CIBG))

1 Jan 2013 → …


  • Democracy
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Constitutional Law
  • Regulation
  • Legal Theory
  • Sovereignty
  • Judiciary System
  • Democratic Governance
  • Methods And Techniques, Legal
  • Rule Of Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Comparative Law
  • Euthanasia

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Research Output 2000 2019

Aantekeningen bij een memo van Willem aan het faculteitsbestuur: Literatuur en filosofie ten behoeve van onderwijs over de democratische rechtsstaat

Adams, M. & Hirsch Ballin, E., 2019, Wegen der vrijheid: Liber amicorum voor Willem Witteveen. Elion-Valter, C., van Klink, B. & Taekema, S. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom juridisch, p. 29-38 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Rule of law decay: Terminology, causes, methods, markers and remedies

Adams, M. & Janse, R., 2019, In : Hague journal on the rule of law. 11, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access
constitutional state
technical language

Verzet van ambtenaren en de rechtspolitieke dimensie gevolgen van de WNRA

Adams, M., 2019, In : Nederlands Juristenblad . 2019, 17, p. 1228-1238 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Interdisciplinariteit in de initiële juridische opleiding

Prins, C. & Adams, M., 1 Jun 2018, In : Nederlands Juristenblad . 93, 21, p. 1486-1491 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific


Structuur, praktijk en theorie van rechtsvergelijkend onderzoek

Adams, M., 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. 55, 3, p. 889-968 80 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Editorial activity

Hague journal on the rule of law (Journal)

Maurice Adams (Editor of special issue), Ronald Janse (Editor of special issue)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Projects 2007 2007

Methoden van rechtspraak

van Dijck, G., Adams, M., Overbeeke, A. J., van der Schyff, G., Tanghe, F. E. M., Bomhoff, J. A. & Huls, N.

1/06/07 → …

Project: Research project

Methoden van wetgeving

van Gestel, R., Menting, M., van Dijck, G., Verschuuren, J., Adams, M., Overbeeke, A. J. & Vranken, J. B. M.

1/06/07 → …

Project: Research project

Methoden van rechtswetenschap

van Dijck, G., Adams, M., Vranken, J. B. M., van Gestel, R., van Gulijk, S., Prinsen, M. M., Tijssen, H., Griffiths, J. & Weyers, H.

1/06/07 → …

Project: Research project