mr. M. Diamant

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6444
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Staats- en Bestuursrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number Flex


Michal Diamant studied at Leiden Law School from 2004 until 2009. After she completed her master’s degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law with honours, she studied for one semester at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Before she started working at Leiden Law School she worked as a law clerk and as a project assistant at the advisory division of the Council of State.  

Since March 2011 Michal has been working at the Constitutional and Administrative Law department. Until September 2012 she worked at the department as a lecturer and researcher. During this period Michal participated on the Talent Programme of the Graduate School of Legal Studies. Since September 2012 Michal has been working on a PhD thesis about the budgetary right of the Dutch Parliament. She is supervised by Professor W.J.M. Voermans and Dr. M.L. van Emmerik. 

Michal is also a (guest) blogger on the Leiden Law Blog.

PhD research

The working title of the thesis is: The budgetary right of the Dutch Parliament in an increasingly complex and European context. It appears that the role of Parliament in controlling the state budget is changing. The responses at the national and European level to the financial crisis and the euro crisis have increased the role of the national government and that of the European institutions in adopting the national budget. All this, it appears, at the expense of the democratic influence of Parliament on budgetary matters.

This thesis explores whether and to what extent the budgetary right of Parliament – and thus the democratic legitimacy of the budget – is affected by these developments. And subsequently how the changing role of Parliament can be assessed against the background of the role and function of the budgetary right of Parliament in our parliamentary democracy. As part of this research a limited comparative study will be conducted into the experiences of the Parliaments in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Last Modified: 20-06-2016