Dr. C. (Kees) van Noortwijk is an associate professor in the field
of Computers and Law as well as Jurimetrics. He is a member of the Centre for
Computers and Law, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, since 1984. Since
2008, he also works for Rechtsorde, a company
involved in the development of advanced data retrieval systems for legal professionals.
The Centre for Computers and Law is responsible for the teaching of a series of
elective subjects on Computer Law (legal aspects of the use of ICT) as well
as on that of ICT for legal purposes. Kees van Noortwijk teaches a course on the
latter subject, namely
Legal Knowledge Management. He also takes part in the teaching
of a 'Moot court' course, which is compulsary to all students of the School of Law, and in
education for the international LLM programme
Business, Corporate and Maritime Law that the School offers.
In the past, Kees van Noortwijk has been involved in several research projects in the field
of Computers and Law and of Jurimetrics (empirical legal science). In the first category, the
JURICAS project can be mentioned. In this project, starting from 1986 several 'legal computer
advice systems' (legal knowledge based systems) were developed. Some of these were even put on
the market successfully by the Dutch publisher Vermande. An example of jurimetrics research
was for instance the research regarding quantitative aspects of legal word use that formed the
basis of his Ph.D. Thesis, published in 1995 (C. van Noortwijk,
Het Woordgebruik Meester (Legal Word Use), Lelystad: Vermande 1995).
At the moment, he is mainly involved in research on new (conceptual) retrieval techniques that can
be used for legal databases. As a spin-off of this, the Centre for Computers and Law has recently
developed software for the computer-aided grading of essay questions. The latter application, for which
Van Noortwijk did part of the software development, receives much attention from educational institutions
(such as universities and polytechnics).