Mediating Justice

Mediating Justice


4 December 2013 Mediating Justice Conference at TU Delft Library, with Facebook Court experiment and exposition Places en Spaces

Mediating Justice takes up questions of current trends and their implications for future systems of law. Are mediated networks generating new systems of law? Can a courtroom be mediated? How does the emerging visual literacy affect future systems of law?

This conference is free and open to public. The conference is filmed by TU Delft's Collegerama

Find session 1 "Trust in network justice" here

Find session 2: "Dynamics of Mediated Presence in Court" here

Experiment: Court of Common Sense @ Facebook: 4th November – 4th December:

Artist Martin Butler inspires the conference with his experiment the Live Court of Common Sense on Facebook.

Please, click here to participate now


Exposition: Places and Spaces @ hall of TBM-TU Delft

2–13 December:

Over 10 years Katy Börner is curating the exposition Mapping Science to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Each year, 10 new maps are added resulting in 100 maps total in 2014.

This exposition offers an exceptional insight in the potential of visualization of big data. In judicial processes visualization plays an increasing role of significance.




09.30 - 10.00 hrs     Opening by Dr. Caroline Nevejan at the TU Delft Library: Oranje zaal

10.00 – 12.00 hrs    SESSION 1: Trust in network justice

12.00 – 12.30 hrs   Experiment: Facebook Court: Court of Common Sense

by Martin Butler (artist) at the TU Delft Library: Blauwe zaal

12.30 – 13.30 hrs   Lunch in exposition: Places and Spaces at the TBM podium

13.30 – 15.30 hrs   SESSION 2: Dynamics of Mediated Presence in Court

Design session: Dynamics of mediated presence in court

15.30 – 16.00 hrs    Tea break

16.00 – 17:30 hrs    SESSION 3: Future systems of law

  • When Do We Judge? Ronald Ophuis (artist)
  • Future Investigators, Dr. Dragos Datcu
  • Contrology, Koos Dalstra (artist & freelance                                         criminologist)
  • Global justice, human dignity and human rights, Fan Yeh (entrepreneur & philosopher)
  • Rule of Law Problems in Multiple Spaces: Rethinking the Rule of Law in times of Privatization and Globalization, Prof. Sanne Taekema and Prof. Ellen Hey


17.30 – 18.00 hrs   Mediating presence in network justice, Prof. Inge van der Vlies

18.00 – 20.00 hrs   Drinks and Dinner at the TU Delft “Brasserie Blauw” in Aula building


 BIOGRAPHIES (ordered by program timeline)

Afaina de Jong is architect and is founder/director of AFARAI, which is a creative agency that specializes in creating spatial design, strategy, concepts and events. Afaina believes in the practice of an active architecture that goes beyond just making buildings. AFARAI has worked internationally with the likes of AMO-OMA/Rem Koolhaas, 2×4 in New York, the Hakuhodo Think Tank HILL in Tokyo, the NY400 Hudson Year, Topstad Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Foundation of the Arts, the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, the Association of Dutch Designers.

Heide Lukosch is an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology. She is part of the Systems Engineering section. Her research questions focus on social processes within virtual training environments and serious games. She comes from a social science background, and she is highly interested in the link between the social and the technical perspective of diverse learning approaches and systems. This includes topics of situational awareness in participatory systems, Microtraining and Micro-Gaming, game based learning and virtual worlds.

Shalini Kurapati has a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai (India) and a  Masters degree in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the                                    Delft University of Technology. She is currently pursuing her  PhD research in the field of transportation and logistics. Her research focuses on exploring how shared situational  awareness can be created to improve participative decision making in such complex intermodal transportation networks.

Martijn Warnier received his PhD in Computer Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After four years as a Postdoctoral Researcher in computer systems group at the VU University Amsterdam, he moved to Delft University of Technology where he currently holds the position of Assistant Professor. His research focuses on (self) management of large scale, distributed systems.

 Frances Brazier, as a full professor in Engineering Systems Foundations, chairs the Systems Engineering Group at the Delft University of Technology, and the Participatory Systems Initiative. She holds a MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology. Frances is the chair of the Dutch Network of Women Professors. She co-founded NLnet (first Internet service provider in Europe) and was Research Director for Stichting NLnet for nearly ten years.

 Rop Gonggrijp was a teenage hacker, publisher of a hacker magazine (Hack-Tic), organiser of hacker events, Internet pioneer (XS4ALL). He got rid of electronic voting in The Netherlands with "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet" and he was involved with Wikileaks when the Collateral Murder video was released.

Martin Butler is a director and concept developer of performance and live events, specializing in the meeting point of art, performance, installation, media and fashion. Trained in performance in England and the Netherlands, his ability is to create total theatrical experiences with as much visual attention to detail as to the whole. He was trained in Drama at Manchester University, and than later Choreography and Performance at Amsterdam School of the Arts, in the Netherlands.

Sjoukje van der Meulen’s field of specialization is modern art history and theory with an emphasis on art in the post war period. Her research theorizes the problem of media in contemporary art and explores the culture and politics of globalization through a comparative analysis of contemporary art in China and Iran. She is originally from the Netherlands and has a background as a critic and curator in the international field of art in Europe.

Karen Lancel studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and graduated in 2002 from Dasarts. Lancel creates together with partner Herman Maat ‘meeting places’ in public spaces. Lancel/Maat researches contemporary social systems in a mediated society. For every ‘meeting place’ they develop an especially designed montage of physical and virtual interaction. Through their ‘meeting places’ Lancel/Maat show social portraits of urban mediated life. The works of Lancel/Maat are internationally shown. Karen Lancel is also a PhD candidate at the Systems Foundation Delft Technical University and a researcher at the Interface Studies UvA/ASCA.

Marina Kleijn (1987) graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2010 after obtaining a Certificate in English law at the University of Warwick and completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utrecht in 2008. During her studies she worked for the University as a research assistant in the field of Art & Law. Since January 2011 Marina Kleijn has been with Bosselaar & Strengers Advocaten, where she works in the Real Estate, and Intellectual Property Law practice groups.

 Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of e-Research at the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) institution in the Netherlands - a large digital archive for research data primarily from the social sciences and humanities. She is also member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, where she coordinates the computational humanities programme. She has a background in physics (Diploma in Statistical Physics) and in philosophy of science. Her current work can best be characterized as being part of the information sciences. She is the chair of COST Action TD1210 KnowEscape.

Paul van den Hoven interests cover and connect the areas of cognitive semiotics, language use, legal theory and media theory. His focus is on the semiotics and pragmatics of verbal and visual communication. Argumentation and rhetoric in judicial discourse, pragma-semiotics of film texts, modernist ideology in language use are themes in his work. He has developed special interests in the cultural and academic

Ronald Ophuis is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Aki Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Enschede and Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited in multiple places around the world.

Dragos Datcu works as a guest researcher at Delft University of Technology. He has done a PostDoc., in the Systems Engineering Section, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management and also in the group of Sensors, Weapons and Command - SEWACO, at the Netherlands Defence Academy - NLDA. In 2009 I have finished a PhD. programme on "Multimodal recognition of emotions" at Man-Machine Interaction group - MMI, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. dr. drs. Leon J.M. Rothkrantz. My promotors were Prof. dr. Henk Koppelaar and Prof. dr. Catholijn Jonker.

Koos Dalstra is artist and sociologist. In his scientific career  Dalstra specialized in linguistics, criminology and visual sociology in Groningen (NL), Bielefeld (DE) and the University of                California (USA). Under the name Dalstar he established himself  as artist at the end of the 80’s. Dalstar moves through a variety of disciplines: poetry, performance, paintings and installations.

Fan Yeh studied philosophy with a specific interest in issues on justice and the system of law. She formerly was a lecturer in administrative law at the law faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Currently she is working as an entrepreneur based in Haarlem and Amsterdam.

Sanne Taekema is Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. After a year of liberal arts education at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA, she studied law and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She earned a PhD from Tilburg University with her dissertation on ideals, which was published in the Kluwer’s Law and Philosophy Library (The Concept of Ideals in Legal Theory, 2003).

Ellen Hey is head of the Department and Professor of Public International Law. She has lectured at academic institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, including Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, the United States, and Europe. She has worked at the European Union, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.N. Development Program, the U.N. Environment Program, and the World Bank. Ellen Hey grew up in the Netherlands, Egypt, and Venezuela and holds law degrees from Utrecht University and a Msc. from the University of Wales.



Editors Conference:    Professor Inge van der Vlies & Dr.Caroline Nevejan

Editors special issue: Professor Inge van der Vlies, Dr. Satinder Gill &                                              Dr.Caroline Nevejan

Assistance & Admin: Luis Bohorquez Montemayor, Everdine de Vreede-                                         Volkers


Inge van der Vlies Inge van der Vlies is prof. Em. Constitutional Law, Art and Law at the University of Amsterdam. She was part time judge for 20 years. Van der Vlies has been advisor to the government and other organizations for many  years. Till today she is actively participates in the field of cultural                 policy making. Focusing on new forms of democracy, she is a  specialist in the filed of art and democracy. Her thesis was on  the quality of law-making.

Satinder P. Gill is research affiliate with the Centre for Music and Science, Faculty of Music, University of  Cambridge. Her research explores dynamics of technologically mediated interaction focusing on the musicality of human  interaction and the role of the body in sense-making. Before she worked at Stanford University CSLI, CKIR Finland, NTT Basic Research Labs Japan.

Caroline Nevejan is a researcher and designer. Currently she is participates in the Participatory Systems Initiative where she collaborates with Professor Frances Brazier at Delft Technical University. She focuses on Witnessed Presence. Caroline Nevejan is crown member of the Dutch Council for Culture and the Arts ( and member of the supervisory board of the Foundation for Democracy and Media.

Luis Bohorquez Montemayor is a researcher, conceptualizer and consultant. He holds a multi-faceted education and work experience in 6 countries. He is presently a PhD Candidate at the Systems Engineering Department at the Delft University of Technology. Sense of Participation

 Everdine de Vreede-Volkers is the office manager of the Systems Engineering Department at the TBM Faculty of the TU Delft. She supports the organization and production of events.




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