Conference: "The Public-Private Challenge in Current EU Law and Policy"

Thursday 28 Sep 2023, 08:45 - 18:00
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Fondation Universitaire, Room A. Rue d'Egmont 11 - 1000, Brussels, Belgium.

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The steady and successful growth of research on the interplay between public and private interests and actors at both the Erasmus School of Law (EUR) and Faculty of Law of  the University of Groningen (RUG) was further strengthened by the establishment of the ‘The Public-Private Challenge’ -a collaboration between the cross-disciplinary research programmes Rebalancing Public & Private Interests (EUR) and Rethinking Public Interests in Private Relationships (RUG)- in the framework of the Dutch Sector Plan for Law (2019-2024).

After last year’s successful conference, we are pleased to announce the theme of this year’s conference: “The Public-Private Challenge in Current EU Law and Policy”.

The idea of the conference (at Universitaire Stichting in Brussels) is to bring expert scholars, policy makers and civil society (legal practitioners, NGOs and initiatives) together to discuss different policy initiatives whereby the -not always harmonious- interplay between public and private actors is especially relevant. The following panels will guide the discussions: 1. New Trends in Consumer Protection and Product Liability; 2. Harmonizing Insolvency Law: Challenges Ahead; 3. The Promises and Perils of Human Rights Due Diligence and; 4. The European Health Data Space Proposal: Challenges in Digitalisation and the European Strategy for Data. For the full programme please scroll down. To ensure a smooth organisation, kindly register for free before September 24, 2023.

To encourage attendance from young scholars based in the Netherlands (PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) limited funding (up to €200 euro per participant) to cover travel expenses to Brussels is available. To apply, kindly send an email to before September 1st, 2023, with a brief description (max. 100 words) of how your research project aligns with the topic and panel(s) of the conference. Decisions on funding will be taken based on the connection between the projects and the theme of the conference. The outcome of the applications will be communicated by September 4th, 2023.


  • 8.45
Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 9.00
Opening of the conference by René Repasi (Erasmus School of Law / MEP S&D Group)
  • 9.20
1st Panel: New trends in Consumer Protection: the new Product Liability Directive:
  • Martien Schaub (Erasmus School of Law)
  • Pascal Arimont (MEP, EPP)
  • Jantina Hiemstra (Hausfeld)
  • 10.50
Coffee Break
  • 11.10
2nd Panel: Harmonizing Insolvency Law: Challenges Ahead:
  • Arpi Karapetian (University of Groningen)
  • Ondrej Vondracek (Policy Officer, DG JUST, European Commission)
  • Michael Broeders (Freshfields)
  • 12.00
Lunch Break
  • 13.40
3rd Panel: The Promise and Perils of Human Rights Due Diligence:
  • René Repasi (Erasmus School of Law / MEP S&D Group) 
  • Ioannis Kampourakis (Erasmus School of Law)
  • Joseph Wilde (SOMO, Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen)
  • 15.10
Coffee Break
  • 15.30
4th Panel: The European Health Data Space Proposal: Challenges in Digitalisation and the European Strategy for data:
  • Enrique Santamaria (Erasmus School of Law)
  • Owe Langfeldt (Policy Officer, Digital Health, DG SANTE, European Commission)
  • Sophie Bloemen (Commons Network)
  • James Clark (DLA Piper)
  • 17.00
Closing remarks by:
  • Irene Visser (University of Groningen)
  • Koen Swinnen (Erasmus School of Law)
  • 17.15
Farewell drinks

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