Tamar de Waal is assistant professor (universitair docent) at the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam. From September 2021 onwards, she will be director of the Honours College of Law.
She specializes in (multi-level) citizenship, integration, civic education and interdisciplinairy legal research methods.
Tamar de Waal (1988) is assistant professor in legal theory. De Waal has published in a variety of national and international journals and law journals on civic integration policies in EU states and matters of citizenship. She is the author of Integration Requirements for Immigrants in Europe - A Legal-Philosophical Inquiry that was published in 2021 by Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury).
In 2019 she was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. In that year, she also wrote a booklet on the importance of citizenship and citizenship education for Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei. This booklet has been distributed to social studies and civic teachers (docenten maatschappijleer).
For her dissertation Conditional Belonging (2017), De Waal won the biennal VWR-dissertation prize for best dissertation in legal philosophy in the Netherlands and Belgium.
De Waal is the founder and chairman of Stichting Civic that aims to improve Dutch civic integration policies ('inburgering') for refugees and other newcomers in the Netherlands. That policy must fit within our constitutional state and benefit both newcomers and society. Stichting Civic resides in the LawHub of the Amsterdam Law School.
Currently, De Waal is working on multi-level citizenship (of EU citizens) and citizenship education. She recently obtained the Urban Citizen Fellowship at NIAS-KNAW and will conduct research on urban citizenship and education (Sept-Jan 2021-2022). Based on the research findings, an important aspect of the Urban Citizen Fellowship is to provide insights and advice for policy-making for the Municipality of Amsterdam.