Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to Rule of Law and Human Rights (INFAR)

At the end of December 2014, researchers at the Erasmus School of Law (led by Sanne Taekema), together with GLSJ researchers at the ISS (Karin Arts and Jeff Handmaker) and Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (led by Robert von Friedeburg), were awarded a research grant by the Erasmus Research Excellence Initiative.

The award, which provides matching funds, amounts to a total, joint institutional commitment of 1.6 million euros, to be implemented over a period of 5 years (September 2015 – August 2020).

The award allows a number of postdoctoral researchers to be hired, as well as four visiting professors (including Professor Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton University), and will support a number of conferences and expert meetings.

Participants to the INFAR conference - June 2018

Project research strategy

The research strategy of the project is fourfold, namely:

  • To trace the shifts between the functional and normative approaches historically in order to uncover the basic assumptions of the approaches;
  • To provide a theoretical framework for integrating the two perspectives in a transnational context;
  • To link regulatory and legal studies to show how both approaches can be connected in regulatory policy and court practice; and
  • To ensure knowledge transfer and synergies by organizing events that bring together organizations and individuals who work as policy makers and legal practitioners as well as academics from different disciplines.