mr. R. Passchier

  • PhD-candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5200
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Staats- en Bestuursrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number Flex
Personal Homepage:​org/​publiekrecht/​sbrecht/​medewerkers/​reijer-passchier.html


Reijer Passchier (Haarlem, the Netherlands 1987) studied Law at Leiden University (LL.B. 2011, LL.M. 2012). During his master European Law (2011-2012), he took part in the Talent Program of the Graduate School of Legal Studies and worked as a research assistant for Professor Wim Voermans. In this year, Reijer was also one of the Student Ambassadors for Leiden Law School. As an undergraduate in law (2007-2011), Reijer participated in several additional courses in philosophy and ancient Greek. He was editor and subsequently editor in chief of the faculty journal NOVUM. Reijer was also a member of the students’ association for philosophy of law Justus Lipsius. In this capacity he organized many public lectures and debates. Before Reijer went to university, he was a midshipman in the Royal Netherlands Navy and in the Marine Corps for two years.  

Since the 1st of September 2012, Reijer has been a PhD researcher and junior lecturer at the department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden Law School. In the spring of 2014, he was a visiting researcher at the department of Government of the University of Texas at Austin. Reijer’s thesis concerns the triggers and effects of ‘silent constitutional change’, i.e. constitutional transformations that occur independently from a formal amendment procedure. His case studies center around topical constitutional developments in the United States, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. The comparative study is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and supervised by Professor Wim Voermans and dr. Marga Groothuis. Reijer is also interested in constitutional design and legislative studies. In 2014, he was nominated for the Leiden Law School JSVO teaching award.

In his spare time, Reijer reads books and he participates in a triathlon a few times a year.

English CV


See tab 'published work' above.


  • Undergraduate courses in Constitutional and Administrative Law

  • Supervision of undergraduate thesis

  • Various public lectures on open days

  • Recruit lectures for high school students

Last Modified: 20-06-2016