Nina Holvast has an interdisciplinary background, with degrees in Law (LLM) and Criminology (MSc) from Leiden University. She obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in Socio-Legal Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The focus of her research is on the functioning of legal institutions and the legal profession.
Her doctoral research examined the role of judicial assistants in judicial decision-making, based on qualitative fieldwork at two Dutch district courts (published at Eleven International Publishing, 2017). Currently, she is working on a quantitative follow-up study.
Holvast is also conducting research (commissioned by the Research Centre of the Dutch Ministry of Justice) on the extraordinary remedy of judicial review in potenial miscarriage of justice-cases. For this research, she analysed court cases and interviewed legal respresentatives, experts and supreme court judges on a recent amentment of the law.
During her stay at the CSLS, Holvast will work on follow-up research on paraprofessionals in courts and will develop a research proposal to conduct an empirical case study on the position of paraprofessionals in the production of legal services in the Netherlands.