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For about 35 years I have been involved in sociology of law (and legal aid), at the end as an assistent-professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam in the Department of General Jurisprudence. In 2009 I became a judge in the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam, Criminal Branche. My academic research was focused on legal assistance, changes in law and society in the last 150 years, legal theory, legal pluralism and law in a multicultural society.
This article is an in memoriam of André Hoekema. The article includes an appendix with a bibliography of his works.
Thesis (doctoral) Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1989. Summary in English. Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-244). Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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