mr.drs. (Maurits) MM Helmich

mr.drs. (Maurits) MM Helmich
External PhD candidate Erasmus School of Law Sociology, Theory, and Methodology
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Email
helmich@law.eur.nl

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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.

  • Maurits Helmich (2020) - Miller, Urgenda, and the Norm of Judicial Apoliticality - Erasmus Graduate School of Law Lunch Lecture
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - In Defense of a Non-jusitificatory Jurisprudence - Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - Restraint as a Foundation for Judicial Neutrality? Three Non Sequiturs - VWR Voorjaarsvergadering
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - Are Normative Theorists Required to Take Sides? - Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - The Spanish-Catalan Conflict. A Legal-philosophical Analysis - STaM section seminar
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - Is Legal Philosophy a Branch of the Moral Philosophies? - Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory
  • Maurits Helmich (2019) - Conceptualizing the Judge. Three Archetypes - EGSL lunch lecture
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Is Legal Philosophy a Branch of the Moral Philosophies? - Law and Mind 2: Legal Intuitions
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Are Our Judges Politicians? Nuances in the Politics and Adjudication Debate - Erasmus School of Law Review Day
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis - International Graduate Legal Research Conference
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - A Method for (Applied) Jurisprudential Analysis - OZSW Spring School
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Legal Elasticity: Conceptualizing the Gap Between Law's Form and Substance - Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory
  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Legal Elasticity. On the Potential Influence of (Moral) Convictions in Law - VWR Wintervergadering
  • Maurits Helmich (2017) - Interdisciplinary Dialogue in Legal and Political-philosophical Discourse - INFAR graduate students seminar

  • Maurits Helmich (2018) - Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis - ATLAS Agora

Research skills seminar Legal Theory

Level
master
Year
2020
Year Level
master
Course Code
RL21

Legal Theory and Legal Methods

Level
master
Year
2020
Year Level
master
Course Code
RL24

Thesis master Legal Theory

Year
2020
Course Code
RS128

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