As of 1 January 2017 Nik de Boer is an ACCESS EUROPE post-doctoral researcher affilated to the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG).
During his postdoctoral research Nik will work on a research project that aims to understand whether and how the EU law on free movement of capital has contributed to a supposed crisis of democratic capitalism. Prior to becoming a postdoctoral researcher, Nik worked as a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), also at the University of Amsterdam. Nik’s doctoral research concerned the democratic legitimacy of the national constitutional courts’ review of European law. This project was supervised by Prof. Deirdre Curtin, Prof. Leonard Besselink and Dr. Ingo Venzke and he hopes to defend his thesis later this year. As part of his doctoral research Nik worked as an intern at the European Court of Justice in the spring of 2013, was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2014 and a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Constitutionalism of the WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre, in the spring of 2015.
Nik holds an LLM degree in Legal Research from Utrecht University (cum laude). For his Master Thesis Constitutional Identity, Fundamental Rights and the Issue of Divergent Rights Standards in the EU he received the Prize for Best Master Thesis of Utrecht University in 2012, as well as the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. Prior to finishing his LLM, Nik obtained a bachelor in law and a bachelor in philosophy from Utrecht University (both awarded cum laude). During his bachelor studies Nik spent a year at King's College, University of Cambridge, where he studied jurisprudence and comparative law. During his studies he was an editor of the Dutch law journal Ars Aequi, and was an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York for six months in 2010.