Ashley Terlouw ontvangt een koninklijke onderscheiding
Ashley Terlouw ontvangt een koninklijke onderscheiding

Royal decoration for Professor of Sociology of Law Ashley Terlouw

On Friday 26 April, Professor of Sociology of Law Ashley Terlouw was decorated for her exceptional academic and social achievements. Dean of the Faculty of Law Roel Schutgens is very pleased with this decoration for his colleague: "Ashley Terlouw is a renowned academic who very actively uses her scientific expertise in the field of sociology of law and migration law for socially important topics."

Research and teaching

Ashley Terlouw joined Radboud University on 1 September 2001. She started as a PhD student and assistant professor at the Centre for Migration Law and obtained her PhD in 2003. In 2009, she delivered her inaugural lecture entitled 'Fear and Regulation' following her appointment as professor of Sociology of Law at this university. In this position, she also chairs the Department of Sociology of Law and Migration Law. Under her responsibility is also the Centre for Migration Law. Since 1 May 2020, she has also been chair of the Research Centre for State and Law. On 1 July 2022, she was appointed a member of the State Commission against Discrimination and Racism.

In addition to her many publications over the years in the fields of equal treatment, conflict resolution and migration law, Terlouw remains active in conducting research on discrimination based on race, nationality and religion. She has a particular interest in norm conflicts, discretion and civil and administrative disobedience. She supervises doctoral studies on such topics as truth-telling in asylum cases, how judges deal with the best interests of the child and externalisation of EU migration policy. 

Great personal commitment

Dean Schutgens knows Terlouw as an inspired person who naturally enthuses and inspires her colleagues and who definitely shows more commitment and engagement than you might expect from a professor. "It is actually too many to name, all that Ashley does to use her qualities, knowledge and experience for the benefit of society. She has a mission to put issues like discrimination, racism and (immigration) law high on everyone's agenda and pursue equality for all. With her track record, she makes a difference in a sometimes divided society. We can all take an example from that. Although Ashley personally naturally graces herself with modesty - as a leader, she also always knows how to put the people around her in the limelight - we at the university are naturally extremely proud that Ashley herself is now receiving this very well-deserved public appreciation for her academic and social achievements."

The royal decoration 'Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau' was presented to Ashley Terlouw this morning, 26 April 2024, by Renske Helmer-Englebert, the mayor of Wijchen, Terlouw's hometown. The Executive Board will address the decorated Radboud University staff at the reception for family members, friends and colleagues this afternoon at 15:00 in the Aula.