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Research interests

Sanne Taekema's research addresses various themes in legal philosophy and methodology. Two core themes are the rule of law, especially in a transnational context, and the methodology of legal and interdisciplinary research. Other interests include: general issues of legal theory, particularly the role of values in jurisprudence and legal pragmatism, and law and literature. She is one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Law and Method. Her currrent research focus is on the rule of law in the context of the research initiative Public and private interests: A new balance. Key publications include: 'Methodologies of Rule of Law Research: Why Legal Philosophy Needs Empirical and Doctrinal Scholarship' *Law and Philosophy* 2020, doi: 10.1007/s10982-020-09388-1; (with E. Mak) 'The European Union’s Rule of Law Agenda: Identifying Its Core and Contextualizing Its Application'. *Hague Journal on the Rule of Law* 2016, 8 (1), 25-50. doi: 1007/s40803-016-0022-1; 'Between or Beyond Legal Orders: Questioning the Concept of Legal Order'. In J. Klabbers & G. Palombella (Eds.), *The Challenge of Inter-legality* 2019 (pp. 69-88). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Professor II, University of Bergen

1 Mar 20201 Mar 2023


  • K Law (General)
  • Legal Theory
  • Rule of Law
  • Legal research methods
  • BJ Ethics
  • Legal ethics


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