Mireille van Eechoud, Professor of Information Law, will become the (temporary) dean of the Faculty of Law as of January 1st. Unlike the usual four- or five-year term, she has been appointed for one year only.
A permanent successor to André Nollkaemper has not yet been found. “It appears we need more time for that,” commented college President Geert ten Dam. Naturally, Ten Dam is “extremely happy” that Van Eechoud (1967) wants to take on the job, but a one-year deanship is neither ideal nor usual for a position that is normally filled for four or five years.
Nevertheless, Ten Dam says, “Mireille knows the teaching and research at the law school very well. In addition, she has extensive administrative experience inside and outside the university and there is broad support in the faculty for her appointment.” In addition to being a professor of information law, Van Eechoud is director of the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law.
Ten Dam’s departure
The search for a permanent dean of law has thus yielded only a temporary dean for the time being. Ten Dam announced that the search for a new dean will continue in mid-2024. This signals that the UvA and perhaps also Van Eechoud will wait with a permanent appointment until there is a new dean because Geert ten Dam will leave on June 1st. Who will succeed her is not yet known; the search for a successor has only just begun.
The current dean, André Nollkaemper, will remain at the UvA and will become Professor of International Law and Sustainability as of January 1st. Mireille van Eechoud is free to express her interest a year from now to a new college president for a possible extension of the deanship and thus still become the permanent dean.