Mr Jacob van de Beeten

PhD Student in Law

LSE Law School

Dutch, English, French, German
Key Expertise
EU Law

About me

Thesis title

'Legal imagination of law and integration: a genealogy of EU law authority' [provisional]


Dr Floris de Witte and Dr Michael Wilkinson

Research interests

 EU Constitutional and Institutional Law; Constitutional Theory; Political Theory; Comparative Constitutional Law and Public Law

Jacob van de Beeten is a PhD-candidate at the LSE. His doctoral research critically examines several of the key conceptual building blocks of EU legal order. The aim of his research is to explore how over the course of European integration, the European Court of Justice and legal scholars have legitimized EU law and legal order by making different sorts of authority claims – with a functional, constitutional and pluralistic nature. These claims to authority reveal how EU law has been understood, what assumptions have underpinned it’s functioning and shed light on the limits and shortcomings of EU law in the present.

Jacob holds an LL.M (Distinction) with a focus on Public Law and Legal Theory from the LSE. He was awarded the Stanley De Smith Prize for best performance in Public Law. Prior to joining LSE, he was a Bluebook trainee at the European Commission (DG FISMA). Jacob occasionally writes pieces in Dutch newspapers and other media and was part of the ‘Young Europe Team’ of the Dutch Financial Times.