Short CV/Education and training

  • Janneke Gerards (1976) graduated at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, in 1998, with a specialisation in constitutional and administrative law. After graduation, she worked at the Department of Public Law of Maastricht University as a junior researcher and assistant professor. In 2001, she carried out part of her PhD research at the University of Michigan (United States) as a visiting researcher. In 2002 she obtained her PhD at Maastricht University in the field of equal treatment law. In 2003, Janneke Gerards became associate professor of constitutional law at the Public Law Institute of the Leiden University. She was appointed professor of constitutional and administrative law at Leiden University in 2005. Since 15 February 2011, she is research professor of fundamental rights law at the law faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Selected publications


  • E. Brems & J.H. Gerards (eds.), Shaping Rights in the ECHR: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Determining the Scope of Human Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2014)

  • J.H. Gerards & J.W.A. Fleuren (eds.), Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the judgments of the ECtHR in national case law. A comparative analysis (Antwerp: Intersentia 2014, forthcoming)


  • 'Inadmissibility decisions by the European Court of Human Rights – A critique of the lack of reasoning', 14 Human Rights Law Review 2014 (1)

  • 'Diverging Fundamental Rights Standards and the Role of the European Court of Human Rights', in: M. Claes & M. De Visser, Constructing European Constitutional Law (Oxford: Hart, forthcoming 2014),

  • 'How to Improve the Necessity Test of the European Court of Human Rights?', 11 International Journal of Constitutional Law 2013 (2), pp. 466-490

  • 'The discrimination grounds of Article 14 ECHR', 13 Human Rights Law Review 2013 (1), pp. 99-124

  • 'Judicial minimalism and 'dependency': interpretation of the European Convention in a pluralist Europe', in: M. van Roosmalen et al. (eds.), Fundamental rights and Principles (Antwerp: Intersentia 2013) pp. 73-92

  • The prism of fundamental rights, 8 European Constitutional Law Review 2012 (2), p. 173-202,

  • Judicial argumentation in fundamental rights cases – the EU courts challenge, in: U. Neergaard & R. Nielsen (eds.), European Legal Method – in a Multi-Level EU Legal Order, Copenhagen: DJØF Publishing 2012, p. 27-69

  • The pilot judgment procedure before the European Court of Human Rights as an instrument for dialogue, in: M. Claes & P. Popelier (eds.), Constitutional Conversations, Antwerp: Intersentia 2013, forthcoming, see

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in national law – A comparative analysis (PI, with dr. Joseph Fleuren (Radboud University Nijmegen)

    Commissioned research project for the Research and Documentation Centre of the Dutch Government (WODC), based on six country reports; resulting in a report and a scholarly book

  • Shaping rights: The scope of the rights protected by the European Court of Human Rights (PI, with prof. Eva Brems (Ghent University))

    Edited book project, Cambridge University Press, based on two-day European expert seminar in Ghent (March 2012)

  • Active protection of fundamental rights in the EU – can a doctrine of positive obligations be incorporated by the EU courts? (2012-2015)

    PhD project (1.0 fte) funded by NWO (Research Talent program) – PhD candidate: Malu Beijer (Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • Supranational dialogues between the ECtHR, the EU courts and the national authorities in the area of fundamental rights (2011-2015)

    PhD project (1.0 fte) funded by University Board of the Radboud University of Nijmegen – PhD candidate: Lize Glas (Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • The Core of Fundamental Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (2011-2015)

    NWO-Open Competition PhD project (1.0 fte) – PhD candidate: Ingrid Leijten (Leiden University)

  • Judicial Reasoning in fundamental rights cases – national and European perspectives

    NWO-Vidi – EUR 600,000 – 2006-2011

    Researchers: prof. Janneke Gerards (PI), Marina den Houdijker LL.M. (PhD candidate), Hanneke Senden LL.M. (PhD candidate)

  • Protection of Fundamental Rights post Lisbon: interaction between EU, CFR and ECHR and national institutions (PI, with prof. Monica Claes (Maastricht University))

    National report for FIDE (Fédération International de Droit Européen) on the implementation of EU fundamental rights in Dutch law (2011-2012), resulting in edited volume by FIDE and article in journal

  • The legal framework of personal autonomy

    NWO-ZonMW 2011

    Researchers: prof. Janneke Gerards, prof. Aart Hendriks (PI), Nelleke Koffeman LL.M. (Leiden University)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Present activities

  • Member Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij van Wetenschappen [Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences]

  • Jury Max van der Stoel Human Rights Prize for Dissertations and Master's Theses

  • Ambassador / alumnus of De Jonge Akademie [the Young Academy]

  • part of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences]

  • Member of the Board of Editors of Nederlands tijdschrift voor de mensenrechten / NJCM-Bulletin [Netherlands Journal for Human Rights]

  • Member of the Board of Editors of Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht [Netherlands Journal for Constitutional Law], since 2008

  • Editor-in-Chief EVRM Rechtspraak en Commentaar [loose-leaf commentary to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights]

  • Editor-in-Chief European Human Rights Cases [law journal reporting and commenting upon European fundamental rights case law]

  • Member selection committee Research Talent Grants (NWO – Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research) 2012

  • Jury Radboud Science Awards

  • Member of the Board of Stichting Studie- en Informatiecentrum Mensenrechten (SIM) [Study- and Documentation Center on Human Rights (SIM)]

  • Correspondent on human rights for Nederlands Juristenblad [Netherlands Law Review]

  • Member of the Book Council of Ars Aequi Legal Publishers (Constitutional and Administrative Law)

  • Organiser inter-faculty reading group on the role of courts in national and international constitutional law with prof. Roel de Lange (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Coordinator of ?Court Watchers? team

  • Selection of relevant judgments of the European Court of Human Rights for publication in Nederlands Juristenblad [Netherlands Law Review) and Nederlandse Jurisprudentie [Dutch Case-Law Reports], together with various scholars of Leiden University

Past activities

  • Member of the Board of the Nederlandse Juristenvereniging [Dutch Association of Lawyers]

    2007 – 2011

  • Member of the Staatscommissie Grondwet [Government Commission on the Dutch Constitution], Established by the Dutch government to study and advise on various proposals relating to constitutional change in the Netherlands, 2009 – 2010

  • Member Selection Committee Netherlands Organisation of Research (NWO) Veni Grants , 2010 – 2010

  • Ad-hoc member Selection Committee Netherlands Organisation of Research (NWO) Veni Grants, 2009 – 2009

  • President of De Jonge Akademie [the Young Academy], part of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences], 2007 – 2009

  • Member of De Jonge Akademie [the Young Academy], part of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences], 2005 – 2010

  • Editor-in-chief of the Yearbook on Equal Treatment Law [Oordelenbundel]

    2009: with prof. Paul Zoontjens (Tilburg University)

    2008: with prof. Paul Zoontjens (Tilburg University)

    2007: alone

    2006: with prof. Paul Zoontjens (Tilburg University) and prof. Ben Vermeulen (Free University of Amsterdam; Radboud University of Nijmegen)

  • Member of the advisory committee for the external evaluation of the Dutch General Equal Treatment Act , Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Justice, 2005 – 2006

  • Member of the ad hoc Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken [Advisory Commission on Immigration Affairs], Advice on the subject of the Contourennota Inburgering (new Dutch integration policy for immigrants), 2004 – 2005

  • Member of the Constitutional Law working group of the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM), 2004 – 2009

  • Legal secretary to European Human Rights Cases , 2000 – 2003


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