Maurits Helmich’s research covers topics of legal philosophy, constitutional law, and political theory. He is especially interested in theoretical questions about indeterminacy in law, the exercise of judicial discretion, and the way in which legal normativity can be used to discipline action under the law. More broadly, Maurits is involved with debates concerning jurisprudential methodology, the nature of political authority, and the mediating potential of liberal institutions.
Currently, Maurits is working on his doctoral project (“Depoliticizing the Judge? On the Limits of Legality as a Constraint to Judicial Power”). It is often said that, in adjudicating cases, judges ought to refrain from entering the “political” domain, and should instead stick to passing principled legal judgment. But how is this notion supposed to curb judicial power in practice, and what if this norm of judicial “apoliticality” itself becomes the subject of dispute? By using a wide set of international case studies, Maurits aims to formulate an answer to these questions.
Before starting his current project, Maurits studied at Leiden University. There, he obtained cum laude master’s degrees in both law and philosophy. He wrote his master’s theses on topics concerning the freedom of expression, and to what extent the right to be heard can override rights not to be silenced.
M.M. Helmich (2020, februari 12). Miller, Urgenda, and the Norm of Judicial Apoliticality. Woudestein Campus, Rotterdam, Erasmus Graduate School of Law Lunch Lecture.
M.M. Helmich (2018, mei 31). Are Our Judges Politicians? Nuances in the Politics and Adjudication Debate. Woudestein Campus, Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law Review Day.
M.M. Helmich (2018, juni 19). Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis. Washington, D.C., ATLAS Agora.
M.M. Helmich (2019, mei 24). Are Normative Theorists Required to Take Sides? Roeterseiland Campus, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory.
M.M. Helmich (2019, april 15). The Spanish-Catalan Conflict. A Legal-philosophical Analysis. Woudestein Campus, STaM section seminar.
M.M. Helmich (2019, juni 6). Restraint as a Foundation for Judicial Neutrality? Three Non Sequiturs. Museum Catherijne Convent, Utrecht, VWR Voorjaarsvergadering.
M.M. Helmich (2019, februari 13). Conceptualizing the Judge. Three Archetypes. Woudestein Campus, EGSL lunch lecture.
M.M. Helmich (2019, februari 16). Is Legal Philosophy a Branch of the Moral Philosophies? Warwick University, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory.
M.M. Helmich (2019, juni 13). In Defense of a Non-jusitificatory Jurisprudence. Campus University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy.
M.M. Helmich (2018, april 20). A Method for (Applied) Jurisprudential Analysis. Woodbrooke, Barchem, OZSW Spring School.
M.M. Helmich (2018, april 24). Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis. King's College London, International Graduate Legal Research Conference.
M.M. Helmich (2018, februari 17). Legal Elasticity: Conceptualizing the Gap Between Law's Form and Substance. Warwick University, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory.
M.M. Helmich (2018, januari 2). Legal Elasticity. On the Potential Influence of (Moral) Convictions in Law. Woudestein Campus, VWR Wintervergadering.
M.M. Helmich (2017, november 1). Interdisciplinary Dialogue in Legal and Political-philosophical Discourse. Woudestein Campus, INFAR graduate students seminar.
M.M. Helmich (2018, november 30). Is Legal Philosophy a Branch of the Moral Philosophies? Kraków, Law and Mind 2: Legal Intuitions.