Bomhoff, Jacco

Dr Jacco Bomhoff  


Position held

Associate Professor in Law


Experience keywords:

20th-century history of legal thought; comparative constitutional law; conflict of laws

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I am currently pursuing two main lines of research:

(1) Rethinking the role of private international law in relation to global governance. Within this project, I am particularly interested in private international law's Postwar intellectual history and in its relations to constitutional theory.

(2) Legalism in comparative jurisprudence. This project looks at lawyers' and legal scholars' ideas of what good law and legal reasoning should look like. I am particularly interested in differences among such ideas as between Western Europe and the US during the Postwar era, and about what these differences might mean for law's functioning today.

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Dutch [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6221



Bomhoff, Jacco (2016) Beyond proportionality: thinking comparatively aboutconstitutional review and punitiveness In: Jackson, Vicki and Tushnet, Mark, (eds.) Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.


Bomhoff, Jacco (2014) The constitution of the conflict of laws In: Watt, Horatia Muir and Arroyo, Diego Fernandez, (eds.) Private International Law and Global Governance. Law and Global Governance Series. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0198727623

Bomhoff, Jacco (2014) The constitution of the conflict of laws Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series, 10.2139/ssrn.2376171. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Bomhoff, Jacco (2013) Balancing constitutional rights: the origins and meanings of postwar legal discourse Cambridge studies in constitutional law. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107044418


Adams, Maurice and Bomhoff, Jacco, eds (2012) Practice and theory in comparative law Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107010857

Bomhoff, Jacco (2012) Comparing legal argument In: Adams, Maurice and Bomhoff, Jacco, (eds.) Practice and Theory in Comparative Law. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 74-96. ISBN 9781107010857

Bomhoff, Jacco (2012) Perfectionism in European law In: Barnard, Catherine and Gehring, Markus and Solanke, Iyiola, (eds.) Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Vol. 14, 2011-2012. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 75-100. ISBN 9781849463539


Bomhoff, Jacco and Meuwese, Anne (2011) The meta-regulation of transnational private regulation Journal of Law and Society, 38 (1). 138-162. ISSN 0263-323X


Bomhoff, Jacco (2010) Genealogies of balancing as discourse Law and Ethics of Human Rights, 4 (1). 109-139. ISSN 1938-2545


Huls, Nick and Adams, Maurice and Bomhoff, Jacco, eds (2009) The legitimacy of highest courts’ rulings: judicial deliberations and beyond TMC Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789067042895

Bomhoff, Jacco (2009) Comparing judicial reasoning on a formalism/policy axis: problematizing and contextualizing ‘formalism’ in Mitchel Lasser’s "Judicial Deliberations" In: Huls, Nick and Adams, Maurice and Bomhoff, Jacco, (eds.) The Legitimacy of Highest Courts’ Rulings: Judicial Deliberations and Beyond. TMC Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands, 77-90. ISBN 9789067042895


Bomhoff, Jacco (2008) "The rights and freedoms of others": the ECHR and its peculiar category of conflicts between fundamental rights In: Brems, Eva, (ed.) Conflicts Between Fundamental Rights. Intersentia, Antwerp, Belgium; Oxford, UK, 619-654. ISBN 9789050957793

Bomhoff, Jacco (2008) Lüth's 50th anniversary: some comparative observations on the German foundations of judicial balancing German Law Journal, 9 (2). ISSN 2071-8322

Bomhoff, Jacco (2008) The reach of rights: "the foreign" and "the private" in conflict-of-laws, state-action, and fundamental-rights cases with foreign elements Law and Contemporary Problems, 71 (3). 39-71. ISSN 0023-9186

Bomhoff, Jacco (2008) Balancing, the global and the local: judicial balancing as a problematic topic in comparative (constitutional) law Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 31 (2). ISSN 0149-9246


Bomhoff, Jacco (2005) Judicial discretion in European law on conflicts of jurisdiction Sdu Uitgevers, The Hague, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789054094920

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Bomhoff uses detailed case studies of early post-war US and German constitutional jurisprudence to show that the same unique language expresses both biting scepticism and profound faith in law and adjudication.

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Jacco is an Associate Professor of Law. Before coming to the LSE in 2008 he taught at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, in The Netherlands. His publications include a monograph on 'Balancing Constitutional Rights: The Origins and Meanings of Postwar Legal Discourse' (Cambridge, 2013) and the edited collection 'Practice and Theory in Comparative Law' (Cambridge, 2012, with Maurice Adams). At the LSE he is the co-convenor, with Dr. Jan Kleinheisterkamp, of the Transnational Law Project. During the academic year 2013-2014, Jacco is also a Global Law School Visiting Professor at the KU Leuven in Belgium.

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