Research at SteR
The focus of the Research Centre for State and Law (SteR) is on the foundations of the national legal system and its interaction with the international and European legal order and on understanding the role of public law.
The SteR research is carried out in the programme 'Grondslagen van het Publiekrecht’ (the basis of public law). This umbrella programme is made concrete in four sub-programmes that reinforce and supplement each other. Each of the sub-programmes is led by a partnership of a professor and an associate professor from two different sections. These programme leaders act as motivators, encouraging mutual collaboration in and outside the sub-programme, organising joint meetings and tackling new themes.
I. Founding principles and fundamental rights
In the sub-programme 'Supporting principles and fundamental rights', research is carried out into the bases of public law, in particular the meaning of principle of law, fundamental rights and general concepts of public law. Together, these principles, rights and concepts form the judicial core of rule of law. That means that the research programme comprises multiple research themes. Every six years, a research theme is designated and given special attention in that period. For the period 2021–2027, the theme is The resilient rule of law.
II. Interaction between national and international law
Central to this sub-programme is how interaction with the international and European legal orders affects the Dutch legal order. We also look at the role played by, and the significance of sovereignty as the basis for the Dutch legal order. A large part of the research in this sub-programme focuses on the following themes:
- Strategic litigation
- Rule of law-based market forces
- Transnational crimes and international security
- Effect of human rights
III. Conflict-resolving institutions
A large number of SteR researchers and various OO&R (Radboud Business Law Institute) colleagues take part in this sub-programme. This relatively new research group is focusing until 2025 on three challenges to the legal domain of conflict resolution:
- Competition for the judge, in particular through government conflict resolution and extra-judicial conflict resolution in private law.
- Duties of the judge: can the judge meet the expectations?
- The rise of digital technology as 'help or competition' for the judge.
A large part of the research in this sub-programme focuses on the themes of Digitalisation and Duties of the judge and the judge's position in the state structure.
IV. Migration and citizenship
The sub-programme 'Migration and citizenship' relates to the study of a thematic section of public law—migration law, in the broadest sense of the term. In addition to the national, community-based and international immigration and asylum law, this sub-programme will also study legal issues that affect the multi-coloured societal problems surrounding the phenomenon of migration and the position of minorities. 'Migration and citizenship' will be carried out by the Centre for Migration Law.
A large part of the research in this sub-programme focuses on the following themes and is clustered as:
- Externalisation of migration policy
- Labour migration
- Trade treaties and migration
Guest Researcher Programme
To gain and exchange insights in European, international and foreign national public law, SteR has initiated a Guest Researchers Programme. Are you interested in conducting research at SteR for a while? Please find the conditions and the application form below.