Conferentie: The Quest for Controlled Freedom, 11 oktober, Den Haag

Beste VSR-leden,


‘Discretionaire ruimte’ is een betwist begrip. Binnenkort komt bij Palgrave een boek uit waarin, onder redactie van Tony Evans en Peter Hupe, dit onderwerp vanuit verschillende invalshoeken wordt belicht. De titel van het boek luidt: Discretion and the Quest for Controlled Freedom.


Deze publicatie leek ons een goede aanleiding om over discretion, als de omgang met handelingsruimte tussen volledige vrijheid en totale controle, een conferentie te organiseren. De conferentie zal worden gehouden op vrijdag 11 oktober 2019 en vindt plaats in de plenaire vergaderzaal van de Eerste Kamer, Binnenhof 22 te Den Haag.


De conferentie is bedoeld voor geïnteresseerden werkzaam in de praktijk en studie van recht en openbaar bestuur. In de bijlage tref je het programma aan. Marianne Breijer is de Event Manager ( van de conferentie. De toegang is vrij, maar registratie is vereist; zie de weblink:


Ook namens Peter Hupe, mede-organisator van de conferentie, en Tony Evans, mede-redacteur van het boek, nodig ik je graag uit om aan deze conferentie deel te nemen.


Met hartelijke groeten

Peter Mascini

Uitnodiging controlled freedom


Studiemiddag / seminar met Linda Mulcahy

Studiemiddag/Seminar with Linda Mulcahy


Date and time: Friday 27 September 2019, 12.00h

Location: Rotterdam, Erasmus University, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Room: to be announced

Entrance is free of change, but please confirm your attendance by filling in the registration form via the following link:


On 27 September the VSR and the ESL-research programme ‘Rethinking the Rule of Law’ are organising a socio-legal seminar at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. During this meeting Linda Mulcahy (Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and the Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford) will present her research titled The Democratic Courthouse? Unravelling the complex relationship between design, due process and dignity in English courts’. Xandra Kramer (Professor of Private Law at the Erasmus School of Law and Professor of Private International Law at Utrecht University) will discuss Professor Mulcahy’s work.

Additionally, Jos Hoevenaars (Postdoctoral Researcher at the Erasmus School of Law) will present results of his doctoral research titled ‘A people’s court? A bottom-up approach to litigation before the European Court of Justice’. This presentation will be discussed by Jasper Krommendijk (Associate Professor of International and European Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen). Subsequently, Paulien de Winter (Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Groningen) will present her recently defended doctoral research ‘Between the rules’, a social-legal study of the enforcement of social security law in the Netherlands. Nadine Raaphorst (Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University) will be discussant of her presentation.


12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.10 Opening

13.10-14.00 Keynote by Linda Mulcahy

14.00-14.20 Discussant Xandra Kramer

14.30-15.00 Coffee and Tea break

15.00-15.30 Presentation by Jos Hoevenaars

15.30-15.15 Discussant Jasper Krommendijk

16.00-16.30 Presentation by Paulien de Winter

16.30-16.45 Discussant Nadine Raaphorst

17.00 Drinks


About Linda Mulcahy

Linda Mulcahy is the Professor of Socio-legal Studies and the Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.  She has degrees in law, legal theory, sociology and art history and her work has a strong interdisciplinary flavour. Linda has previously held posts at the LSE, Birkbeck, the Law Commission and Bristol University. She regularly acts as a research consultant to government bodies, regulators and NGOs. Linda is currently a member of the Council of Justice and the advisory board of the British Library oral history programme.  She is a former Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


About Linda Mulcahy’s paper

This paper will examine the relationship between architectural design, due process and dignity in the context of stakeholder discussions about the work that courthouses are expected to do in the contemporary public sphere. More particularly it considers what courthouses are intended to symbolise, the affect they have on the many publics that use them and the sorts of behaviour that design facilitates. Drawing on a detailed analysis of public and private government archives funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this paper will chart how civil servants, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers and security experts have talked about courthouses over a 50 year period.  In doing so, it uncovers a changing history of ideas about the ways in which the competing goals of transparency, majesty, participation, security, fairness and authority have been approached and the extent to which aspirations towards popular sovereignty, egalitarianism and participation have been realized in physical form.