mr.drs. (Maurits) MM Helmich

mr.drs. (Maurits) MM Helmich
PhD Candidate Erasmus School of Law Sociology, Theory and Methodology
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Room
L6-103
Telephone
0104088161
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”…

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 (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 (2020, februari 12). Miller, Urgenda, and the Norm of Judicial Apoliticality. Woudestein Campus, Rotterdam, Erasmus Graduate School of Law 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, februari 13). Conceptualizing the Judge. Three Archetypes. Woudestein Campus, EGSL lunch lecture.
        • 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 (2019, april 15). The Spanish-Catalan Conflict. A Legal-philosophical Analysis. Woudestein Campus, STaM section seminar.
        • 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, juni 6). Restraint as a Foundation for Judicial Neutrality? Three Non Sequiturs. Museum Catherijne Convent, Utrecht, VWR Voorjaarsvergadering.
        • M.M. Helmich (2017, november 1). Interdisciplinary Dialogue in Legal and Political-philosophical Discourse. Woudestein Campus, INFAR graduate students seminar.
        • M.M. Helmich (2018, januari 2). Legal Elasticity. On the Potential Influence of (Moral) Convictions in Law. Woudestein Campus, VWR Wintervergadering.
        • 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, november 30). Is Legal Philosophy a Branch of the Moral Philosophies? Kraków, Law and Mind 2: Legal Intuitions.
        • M.M. Helmich (2018, april 20). A Method for (Applied) Jurisprudential Analysis. Woodbrooke, Barchem, OZSW Spring School.
        • M.M. Helmich (2018, juni 19). Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis. Washington, D.C., ATLAS Agora.
        • M.M. Helmich (2018, april 24). Understanding the Catalan Constitutional Crisis: A Philosophical Analysis. King's College London, International Graduate Legal Research Conference.
  • Juridisch-Academische Vaardigheden III

    Title
    Juridisch-Academische Vaardigheden III
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (bachelor 3)

    Juridisch-Academische Vaardigheden III

    Title
    Juridisch-Academische Vaardigheden III
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (bachelor 3)

    Scriptie master Legal Theory

    Title
    Scriptie master Legal Theory
    Year
    2019
  • PhD Candidate

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    Erasmus School of Law
    Department
    Sociology, Theory and Methodology
    Country
    The Netherlands
    Telephone
    0104088161

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Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam