Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies

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Dr R.H.M. (Roland) Pierik

Universitair hoofddocent rechtsfilosofie
  • Faculty of Law
  • Visiting address
    REC A
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: A8.02
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  1030
    1000 BA  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253665


Roland Pierik is Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

In addition, he is:


His research interests lie at the intersections of legal philosophy, political theory, law and public policy, especially contemporary liberal theories of justice and their application in plural societies. His recent work focusses on human rights, fundamental rights, the rule of law, religious diversity, and globalization.


Since 2013, his research mainly focuses on the (legal) regulation of vaccination against infectious diseases. He is currently co-authoring a monograph with Marcel Verweij entitled Inducing Immunity: The Regulation of Vaccination. In this book, they analyse the conditions under which a liberal-democratic government should make vaccination against infectious diseases such as such as measles, polio and whooping cough mandatory.


Earlier appointments

Before he came to Amsterdam, he taught political theory at Radboud University Nijmegen and legal theory at Tilburg University.
In 2015 and 2016 he was affiliated as a ‘visiting fellow’ to the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Leuven. Before that, he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice of Oxford University (2013), University College London (2005), Columbia University (2004) and Ottawa University (1997-1998). 


Core publications:

Supervision of PhD students:


  • Geoff Gordon (International legal theory, VU University Amsterdam, Innate Cosmopolitanism, (successfully defended on 22 April 2013).
  • Hadassa Noorda Thinking war in the 21st century: Introducing non-state actors in Just war theory (successfully defended on 27 Oktober 2016), with prof. Marc de Wilde.
  • Tamar de Waal Conditional Belonging: A Legal-Philosophical Inquiry into Integration Requirements for Immigrants in Europe. (successfully defended on 21 September 2017) with prof. Marc de Wilde and prof. Will Kymlicka.
  • Lars Nickelson (Political Theory, UvA, 2013 –) on the governance of religious pluralism, with dr Marcel Maussen.
  • Steven Kraaijeveld (Public health ethics, Wageningen University, 2018 –) on altruistic vaccination.






  • Pierik, R. (2015). Human Rights and the Regulation of Transnational Clinical Trials. Political Studies, 63(4), 870-886. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12134  [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2015). Religion ain’t sacrosanct. How to fight obsolete accounts of religious freedom. Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, 44(3), 252-263. DOI: 10.5553/NJLP/221307132015044003007  [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2015). Shared Responsibility in International Law: A Normative-Philosophical Analysis. In A. Nollkaemper, & D. Jacobs (Eds.), Distribution of responsibilities in international law (pp. 36-61). (Studies on shared responsibility in international law). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316227466.003  [details] 



  • Pierik, R. (2013). Do We Have a Negative Duty Towards the Global Poor? Thomas Pogge on Global Justice. In J-C. Merle (Ed.), Spheres of global justice. - Vol. 2: Fair distribution - global economic, social and intergenerational justice (pp. 595-609). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5998-5_48  [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2013). Multiculturalism. In H. LaFollette (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of ethics. - Vol. 6 (pp. 3470-3480). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee754  [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (2012). Burgerschap en inburgering. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 33(1), 20-40. [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2012). State Neutrality and the Limits of Religious Symbolism. In J. Temperman (Ed.), The Lautsi papers: multidisciplinary reflections on religious symbols in the public school classroom (pp. 201-218). (Studies in religion, secular beliefs and human rights; No. 11). Leiden, Boston: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004222519_010  [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (2011). Because it is normative, stupid! Over de rol van politieke theorie binnen de politicologie. Res Publica, 53(1), 9-29. [details] 
  • Pierik, R., & van der Burg, W. (2011). The Neutral State and the Mandatory Crucifix. Religion and Human Rights, 6(3), 267-272. DOI: 10.1163/187103211X599427  [details] 
  • Gordon, G., & Pierik, R. (2011). Liberal political philosophy: the role of non-state actors and considerations of global justice. In B. Reinalda (Ed.), The Ashgate research companion to non-state actors (pp. 133-146). (Ashgate research companions). Farnham: Ashgate. [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (2010). Mind the gap! Over het (vermeende) belang van de verschillen tussen common law en civil law voor de rechtsfilosofie. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 31(2), 49-53. [details] 
  • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (2010). Can cosmopolitanism survive institutionalization? In R. Pierik, & W. Werner (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory (pp. 277-289). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511761263.012  [details] 
  • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (2010). Cosmopolitanism in context: an introduction. In R. Pierik, & W. Werner (Eds.), Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory (pp. 1-16). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511761263.001  [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (Author). (2018). Vaccinatiescepsis en de homeopathische verdunning van wetenschappelijke argumenten in de sociale media. Web publication/site, Bij Nader Inzien. [details] 


  • Pierik, R. H. M. (Author), & Verweij, M. (Author). (2017). Wanneer een vaccinatieplicht gerechtvaardigd (en effectief) is. Web publication/site,
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (Author), & Verweij, M. (Author). (2017). De ongemakkelijke realiteit van de antivaccinatiebeweging. Web publication/site,
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (2017). National identity: overrated and undertheorized.. Paper presented at ecpr, Nottingham, United Kingdom.



  • Pierik, R. (Author). (2014). Geert Wilders heeft de macht over het debat uit zijn handen laten vallen. Web publication/site, StukRoodVlees. [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (Author). (2014). De hoogste tijd voor een vaccinatieplicht. Web publication/site, StukRoodVlees. [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2014). Een pleidooi voor een politieke theorie als januskop. Res Publica, 56(4), 530-534. [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2014). The Return of the Measles to the Low Countries: A Legal-Philosophical Exploration. Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, 43(2), 103-107. DOI: 10.5553/NJLP/.000015  [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (2013). Dan toch maar een vaccinatieplicht? Nederlands Juristenblad, 88(40), 2798-2807. [2362]. [details] 
  • Pierik, R. (2013). De opvoedende overheid: ingrijpen in de ouder-kindrelatie. Idee, 34(4), 26-29. [details] 


  • Pierik, R. (2012). Het EHRM en het Europese rechtsstatelijk deficit: een analyse van de Lautsi-zaak. Nederlands Juristenblad, 87(20), 1382-1389. [1170]. [details] 


  • Pierik, R., & Werner, W. (2010). Cosmopolitanism in context: perspectives from international law and political theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

Scientific position

  • Pierik, R. H. M. (2017-2021). lid, National Health Council (Gezondheidsraad).
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (2017-). Vaccinations Committee of The Health Council of the Netherlands.

Journal editor

  • Pierik, R. H. M. (editor in chief) (2015-2016). Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy (Journal).
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (member of editorial board) (2011-2016). Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy (Journal).

Talk / presentation

  • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (9-3-2017). Is liberal-nationalism an oxymoron? On the elusive character of national identity, Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen .
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (10-9-2016). Religious symbolism in the public sphere: a post-nationalist critique of identity claims, ECPR General Conference, Prague, Hungary.
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (2-7-2016). Between Public Health and Parental Discretion: The Legal Regulation of Childhood Vaccination., Annual meeting of the Society of Applied Philosopy, Belfast, United Kingdom.
  • Pierik, R. H. M. (speaker) (27-6-2016). On Religious and Secular Exemptions. A Case Study of Childhood Vaccination Waivers, Annual meeting of the Association of Legal and Social Philosophy, London, United Kingdom.


  • de Waal, T. M. (2017). Conditional belonging: A legal-philosophical inquiry into integration requirements for immigrants in Europe [details] 
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  • Gezondheidsraad
    Lid van de Vaste Commissie Vaccinaties van de Gezondheidsraad.
  • Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy
    Associate editor / Redacteur
  • Gezondheidsraad
    formeel lid van de Gezondheidsraad.
  • Gezondheidsraad
    Lid van de tijdelijke commissie HPV (Humaan Papillomavirus)

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