mr. (Guido) G.T. Terpstra

Erasmus School of Law

Administrative Law

Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Title of research: Reconstructing the Equality Principle in a Plural and Multicultural Society.

Promotors: Prof. W. van der Burg and Dr. E.M. Galenkamp

Certain conflicts are inherent to a modern diverse and 'multicultural' society. Customs, attitudes, and beliefs that differ will lead occasionally to contradicting demands. It is remarkable that in legal conflicts, often both sides appeal to the equality- or non-discrimination principle. It seems that the current principles of equality and non-discrimination in the Netherlands are being interpreted in different ways simultaneously. A closer analysis of the equality principle shows that on a philosophical level, equality is an essentially contested concept. A first goal of my research is to identify and analyse all current interpretations and the underlying meanings of the principles of equality and non-discrimination. My premise here is that once the judge identifies the various values and interest that are hidden by the use of the equality principle, multicultural conflicts will be resolved in a more satisfactory and adequate manner. However, it is important that judges have sufficient leeway to work in such a manner. Therefore, the tendency in the Netherlands and the EU to formulate equality law in precise all-or-nothing rules over the past few decades will be scrutinised. At the same time, the importance of preserving the favourable achievements of equality law will be demonstrated.

This PhD research is part of the NWO research project of Prof. Wibren van der Burg and Dr. Marlies Galenkamp: 'Reconstructing Political Philosophy and Legal Doctrine: Doing Justice to Dynamics and Hybrid Identifications'.

Guido Terpstra graduated in constitutional and administrative law and legal philosophy at Leiden University. Afterwards, he worked for some time in the European Law Department at Leiden University.

The new challenges of cultural, religious and linguistic pluralism

Role Researcher

Rethinking the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalisation, Privatisation and Multiculturalisation

Role Researcher
  • Terpstra, G.T. (2012). Commissie Gelijke Behandeling verslikt zich in oordeel enkele-feitconstructie - commentaar bij CGB Oordeel 2011-102. NJCM Bulletin. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten, [jrg.37] 5, 582-599. doi: ISSN 0167-9434
  • Terpstra, G.T. (2011). De veelzijdige werkelijkheid achter het 'enkele feit' - Pleidooi voor een fundamentele doordenking van alternatieven voor de 'enkele-feitconstructie' in het gelijke behandelingsrecht. NJCM Bulletin. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten, 36 (2), 215-225.
  • Holtmaat, H.M.T. & Terpstra, G.T. (2011). Leve de pluriformiteit bij de discriminatiebestrijding - Een kritiek op het ideaal van uniforme aanpak van verschillende discriminatiegronden. NJCM Bulletin. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten, 36 (2), 159-173.
  • Terpstra, G.T. (2013). Religieuze rustplichten: accomoderen of negeren? - Commentaar bij EHRM 3 april 2012 (Sessa t. ItaliĆ«) en CGB oordelen 2012-175, 2012-176 en 2012-177. In H.M.T. Holtmaat (Ed.), Gelijke Behandeling 2012: Kronieken en Annotaties (pp. 205-227). Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers.


University Erasmus University Rotterdam
School Erasmus School of Law
Department Administrative Law
Country The Netherlands

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University Erasmus University Rotterdam
School Erasmus School of Law
Department Jurisprudence
Country The Netherlands


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