Thomas Beukers is a Senior Legal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2016-2017 he was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. From 2012-2014 Thomas was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Law Department of the EUI.
Thomas Beukers conducted his Ph.D. research at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam from 2004 until 2009, after which he became a lecturer in European law at Utrecht University.
In April 2011 he defended his Ph.D. and was awarded a cum laude distinction. The dissertation studies the relationship between law, practice and convention in the constitution of the European Union, for example in the areas of qualified majority decision making in the Council, the Commission investiture, decision making on EU public finance and the ordinary legislative procedure. It includes a theoretical and historical/empirical analysis of both law and political practice, benefiting from interviews with European and national politicians, officials and diplomats.
Thomas Beukers has taught courses in European law, international and European institutional law and constitutional law. He is an Editor of the European Constitutional Law Review (Asser/CUP). Between 2011 and 2012 he worked for the Legal Service of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor on European law.
In general, his research interests include the relationship between law and politics, as well as the constitutional law of the European Union. Since he joined the EUI in 2012, his research focuses on the constitutional development of the EU's economic and monetary union as a result of the Euro zone crisis.
Dr. Thomas Beukers
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Hague - The Netherlands