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Dr. Laura Henderson of Utrecht University visits the Amsterdam Law School for an ACT Lecture.

Detail Summary
Date 22 June 2020
Time 15:30 - 17:00

About the Speaker

Dr. Laura Henderson is Assistant Professor of international law and human rights at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges. Key themes in her research are judicial decision-making, democratic theory, and human rights. Currently, Laura leads the research consortiuum Professional Ethical Judgment for Global Challenges together with Prof. Elaine Mak. This interdisciplinary research project studies how judges, lawyers, and policy-makers can develop the ethical judgment skills necessary to adequately address contested global challenges, such as climate change or global access to medicine.

Laura obtained her PhD in legal philosophy from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Laura's dissertation was on how judges do - and should - decide in times of crisis, and is accessible here: Courts, Crisis and Contestation: Democratic Judicial Decision-Making in Times of Crisis. She studied law and anthropology at the University College Utrecht and has her LL.B and LL.M from the University of Utrecht, where she specialised in international law and human rights. She is currently a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Fall 2019).