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Maurice Adams

, prof.dr.

  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 922

    5037 DE Tilburg


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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).

Between 2013 and 2019 he was also professor of democratice governance and rule of law (vfund chair) at Tilburg Law School, and between 2011-2018 visiting professor at the law school of the University of Leuven (Belgium). In the spring semester of 2018 he was TPR visiting chair at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

In his current research he has a particular interest in the relation between constitutional law and politics. and in comparative legal research methodology.

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. In recent years volumes 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). In 2019 he edited, together with Ronald Janse, a special issue of The Hague Journal on the Rule of law (Rule of Law Decay). Currently he is finalising, with prof. Mark Van Hoecke (Queen Mary London) a volume on comparative disciplines in law, humanities and the social sciences (Edward Elgar publishing).

Maurice is one of the editors, together with colleagues from the Open University, of the 'blog' forum of the main Dutch website on rule of law challenges:

He also functioned in an advisory capacity for Belgian parliament on the regulation of the end-of-life 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.

Maurice Adams is currently vice-dean (education) at Tilburg Law School.

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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