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Kees Waaldijk

Williams Institute's McDonald/Wright Chair of Law & Visiting Professor of Law

Kees Waaldijk LL.M. Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1982
Ph.D. Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 1994

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Kees Waaldijk is professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law at Leiden Law School. He has held this sponsored chair at Campus The Hague of Leiden University, The Netherlands, since 2011.  At UCLA he is the Williams Institute’s McDonald/Wright Chair of Law for the Spring 2014 semester.

Professor Waaldijk obtained his Master’s Degree in Law at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1982.  From 1982 until 1995 he taught public law and legal skills at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where in 1994 he obtained his doctoral degree with the thesis Motiveringsplichten van de wetgever (The Legislature's Duties to Give Reasons).  Professor Waaldijk has worked for Leiden Law School since 1996 - until 2000 as a lecturer in jurisprudence, and until 2011 as head of Ph.D. studies.  From 1987 until 1998, he also worked part-time for the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, first as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies and later as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights.

Professor Waaldijk was a senior visiting research fellow at the University of Edinburgh (1989), a visiting lecturer at the University of Lancaster (1989) and a visiting professor at UC Hastings College of the Law (2000).  He has also taught in summer programs of several U.S. law schools.

He has advised many organizations on issues of law and homosexuality and has had an active role in several test cases and legislative lobbies, especially regarding the position of same-sex couples.  He was a member of the Dutch Government’s Commission of legal experts advising on the opening up of civil marriage to same-sex couples (1996-1997) and a member of the Dutch Council for Family Affairs (1994-1999).  He co-edited the annual collection of opinions of the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission (1999-2007).  He has advised on evaluation studies commissioned by the Dutch government about the workings of the General Equal Treatment Act (1999), of the Law on Registered Partnership (1999 and 2006) and of the Law on the Opening Up of Marriage (2006).

He is a founding member of the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law. Since 2011 he is an adviser to the annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia of the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association.  He was in charge of a study for the European Union on legislation prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in employment (2002-2004).  With funding from the European Union (FP7), he is now in charge of a comparative research project on the legal content of family formats available to same-sex and/or different-sex couples.

His publications (almost all online at www.law.leidenuniv.nl/waaldijk) include articles on the opening up of marriage and on the gradual legal recognition of homosexual orientation in international and comparative law, a couple of books on European sexual orientation law, and an inaugural lecture on The Right to Relate (24 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 161-199 (2013), http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/djcil/vol24/iss1/4; also published in Vietnamese, see http://ccihp.org/index.php/news/23/66/634/?lang=eng).  His work has not only been published in English and Dutch, but also in French, Spanish, Italian, Czech and Chinese.