Sanne Taekema is Professor of Jurisprudence at Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her work addresses varying themes in legal philosophy and methodology. Her research interests include the rule of law, especially in a transnational context, general issues of legal theory, particularly the role of values in jurisprudence and legal pragmatism, methodology of legal and interdisciplinary research, and law and literature. She is director of the ESL research programme Rethinking the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalisation, Privatisation and Multiculturalisation and leads a research project on integrating normative and functional approaches to the rule of law and human rights (INFAR). She is also one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Law and Method.
After a year of liberal arts education at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA, she studied law and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She earned a PhD from Tilburg University with her dissertation on ideals, which was published in Kluwer’s Law and Philosophy Library (The Concept of Ideals in Legal Theory, 2003). Her teaching at the Erasmus School of Law ranges from the first year bachelor’s introductory course on law to master’s courses on legal theory and a PhD course on research design and methodology.
Her publications include: (with Elaine Mak) ‘The European Union’s Rule of Law Agenda: Identifying Its Core and Contextualizing Its Application’, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, 8:25, 2016; (with Bart van Klink) (eds.), Law and Method. On Interdisciplinary Research into Law. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2011; ‘The point of law: the interdependent functionality of state and non-state regulation’. In H. van Schooten & J. Verschuuren (eds.),International Governance and Law: State Regulation and Non-state Law (pp. 56-73). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2008.