Franziska Weber appointed Professor of Law and Economics

Franziska Weber has been appointed Professor of Law and Economics (1.0 fte) at Erasmus School of Law as of 1 August 2021. The chair at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics provides the opportunity to approach law from a social and economic perspective and to further connect the fields of law and economics. 

Weber is an expert in the field of law and economics and has a strong interdisciplinary and international background. Partly due to her work experience in Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands, she conducts comparative law research within the field of law and economics. Policy relevance with social impact is a recurring theme in all her activities.

In addition to her work at the department of Law and Economics, Weber is the Academic Director of the Erasmus Competition & Regulation Institute (ECRi), she is part of the management team of the Behavioural Approaches to Tort and Contract Law (BACT)-programme and has recently been appointed as Diversity Officer at Erasmus School of Law.

The connection between law and economics

Approaching law from an economic perspective is extremely relevant in today’s society. Nudges, for example, make it possible to convey the results of law and economic policymaking. At the same time, nudges have a crucial impact on human decision making, for example, regarding default settings for cookies or pension schemes.

Further research in the field of law and economics is highly desirable in order to analyse the impact of digitalisation and the increasing use of big data on competition-, consumer-, and data law. “The combination of comparative law and experimental research within this field is ground-breaking,” according to Weber.

The democratic interaction between disciplines

As Professor of Law and Economics, Weber will connect various research fields, including consumer-, competition-, and data law. “Research is a democratic interaction between disciplines”, according to Weber. She will also continue her research on nudges and the impact of digitalisation, and the increasing use of digital platforms and data.

The chair fits seamlessly with the School's research and education mission to approach law from an economic and social perspective, as reflected in the motto ‘Where Law meets Business’. Dean of Erasmus School of Law, Professor Suzan Stoter, is delighted on the appointment: “I am happy with and proud of the fact that the versatile Franziska Weber has committed herself to Erasmus School of Law. We look forward to the special role that she can play in strengthening the cooperation within our beautiful School.’

The Board of Erasmus School of Law congratulates Franziska Weber with her appointment and wishes her the best of luck with her activities.


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