Forthcoming Publication: Bloks, S.A. and A. van den Brink (2020). The Impact on National Sovereignty of Mutual Recognition in the AFSJ. Case-study of the European Arrest Warrant. German Law Journal.
Highlighted Publication: Bloks, S.A. (2019). Are Referendums and Parliamentary Elections Reconcilable? The Implications of Three Voting Paradoxes. Moral Philosophy and Politics, 6(2), 'Towards Foolproof Democracy. Improving Public Debate and Political Decision-Making.' [Special Issue], 281-311.
I'm a Mathematician, Lawyer and Philosopher.
My research is characterised by an integration of methods, perspectives, concepts and theories from Computational social choice, Constitutional law and EU law, and Political theory. This may seem an eclectic range of research areas but working at the intersections often leads to new insights. I am particularly interested in integrating these research areas to advance our understanding of the design of democratic decision-making systems, such as electoral design (e.g. seat apportionment in parliament and districting/gerry-mandering) and democratic innovations (e.g. referendums, deliberative democracy and liquid democracy). Furthermore, I am fascinated by topics related to the European Union institutions and its legal order.
Currently, I am a lecturer at the Institute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law at Utrecht University.
2020-present: Lecturer at the Institute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law at Utrecht University.
2019-2020: Research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam.
2016-2020: Completed the MA in Philosophy: Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (summa cum laude) at Leiden University, the MSc in Applicable Mathematics (with distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the two-year LLM in Legal Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University.
1993: Born in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands.
Technology and the Rule of Law (Lecturer), LLM Law and Technology in Europe, Utrecht University, 2020-2021.
Administrative Law (Lecturer), LLB Law, Utrecht University, 2020-2021.
Foundations of Law (Lecturer), LLB Law, Utrecht University, 2020-2021.
Computational Social Choice (Teaching Assistant), MSc Logic, University of Amsterdam, 2019-2020.
Game Theory (Teaching Assistant), MSc Logic, University of Amsterdam, 2019-2020.
Game Theory (Student Assistant), BSc Mathematics, Utrecht University, 2016-2017.
Research Presentation: De gekozen burgemeester via instemmingsverkiezingen [Electing the mayor with approval voting], Young Researchers Event of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law, November 7, 2019, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Hague.
Paper Presentation: National Sovereignty: Conceptualising an Essentially Contested Concept, Dutch Constitutional Law Conference on Globalization as a Challenge to National Sovereignty, December 15, 2017, Maastricht University.
Research Presentation: Referendums in Representative Democracy: Learning from Social Choice Theory, Dare to Cross Over!, June 8, 2017, Utrecht University. Awarded the Bright Minds Award 2017 for interdisciplinary research. See a video impression of the conference.