Dr. Bart Jansen LL.M.

Assistant Professor
Bart Jansen
  • Philosophy
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Law & Ethics
  • Law Principles
"There is no reality except in action. Man is nothing else than his plan; he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself; he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts, nothing else than his life"
- Jean-Paul Sartre -

Dr. Bart Jansen LL.M. is a legal philosopher and lawyer at Nyenrode Business university. He studied Law at Leiden University, as well as the subjects 'Aesthetics' and 'Photography' at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He obtained two master's degrees in Leiden, the master's in ‘Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law’ and the master's in ‘Encyclopedia and Philosophy of Law’, and wrote two theses on avant-gardism in relation to law and political philosophy. 

During his studies, Bart started as a lecturer at the Encyclopedia of Law department and taught 'Introduction to Law' (Inleiding Recht), 'Methods and Techniques of Law' (Methoden en Technieken van de Rechtswetenschap), 'Foundations of Law' (Grondslagen van het Recht) and 'Moot Court Criminal Law' (Moot Court-Strafrecht). In addition, he taught various subjects at the University of Amsterdam at the General Legal Studies department, namely 'European History of Law' (Europese Rechtsgeschiedenis), the elective course 'Help with Suicide' (Hulp bij Zelfdoding) and 'Law and Human Behavior' (Recht en Menselijk Gedrag).

The scope of his research is unlimited and covers the whole range of controversial legal figures. His current research concerns the deconstruction of self-regulation and informal dispute resolution, the legal and ethical status of amputated limbs, the philosophy behind 'waste' and misery in the art trade.

In January 2022, Bart defended his dissertation at Nyenrode in which he believes that in business ethics, legal thinking gets in the way of real ethics. 

Secondary activities

Bart teaches 'Foundations of Law' (Grondslagen van het Recht) at Leiden University and 'Law and Human Behavior' (Recht en Menselijk Gedrag) at the University of Amsterdam.

International activities

Bart is very closely involved in the European project 'Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade' (SMART), where he researches the promotion of sustainable development within planetary boundaries. He also teaches 'Philosophy of Law' and 'Postmodern Philosophy' annually at Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.


Bart's favorite pastimes are art, reading and writing.

Most relevant publications

  • Jansen, B. & Baart, R. I. C. (2020). Een bedrijfsethiek van menselijk ziekenhuisafval. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek, jrg. 30, nr. 3, pp. 79-83.
  • Bosman, M., Lambooy, T. E., Oral, E., & Jansen, B. (2020). ‘The Chemicals Between Us’: The use and discharge of chemicals in the life cycle of a pair of jeans – from legal theory to practice. In V. Mauerhofer, L. Tarquinio, & D. Rupo (eds.), Law & Sustainability: General and Specific Aspects (pp. 157-199). Springer.
  • Hoek, L. R. & Jansen, B. (2020). Laws Please! A Legal Chronicle of the Lack of Due Diligence in the Dutch Art Market. Journal of Art Crime, jrg. 33, nr. 1, pp. 3-16.
  • Jansen, B. & Baart, R. I. C. (2020). Ben ik mijn been, heb ik mijn been, waar is mijn been? Naar een radicale keuzevrijheid na amputatie. Ars Aequi, jrg. 69, nr. 1, pp. 9-20.
  • Rietveld, A. E. J. & Jansen, B. (2020). The Disorder of Creativity in Post-Anthropocentric Art: A Feyerabendian Aesthetics. Simulacrum, jrg. 28, nr. 1, pp. 49-53.