Sanne Taekema's research addresses various themes in legal philosophy and methodology. Two core themes are the rule of law, especially in a transnational context, and the methodology of legal and interdisciplinary research. Other interests include: general issues of legal theory, particularly the role of values in jurisprudence and legal pragmatism, and law and literature. She is one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Law and Method. Her currrent research focus is on the rule of law in the context of the research initiative Public and private interests: A new balance.
Key publications include: 'Methodologies of Rule of Law Research: Why Legal Philosophy Needs Empirical and Doctrinal Scholarship' Law and Philosophy 2020, doi: 10.1007/s10982-020-09388-1; (with E. Mak) 'The European Union’s Rule of Law Agenda: Identifying Its Core and Contextualizing Its Application'. Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 2016, 8 (1), 25-50. doi: 1007/s40803-016-0022-1; 'Between or Beyond Legal Orders: Questioning the Concept of Legal Order'. In J. Klabbers & G. Palombella (Eds.), The Challenge of Inter-legality 2019 (pp. 69-88). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.