Research Institutes
Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics


EDLE Seminars

The EDLE Seminars are the forum of discussion for PhD students participating in the European Doctorate of Law and Economics (EDLE). They run yearly at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE) from October until March, normally on Thursday afternoons. PhD candidates are required to present their work-in-progress at the seminars, where they discuss it with the RILE staff and the visiting professors. The PhD students are also encouraged to submit their research papers to the RILE Working Paper Series.

Every year, the EDLE seminars host a number of invited speakers, on topics that are related to the ongoing research of the PhD students. External Law and Economics researchers are encouraged to submit a proposal for the EDLE seminars. When it falls within the current research subjects of EDLE, they can be invited in Rotterdam to discuss it with the RILE staff and the PhD students. Papers presented at the EDLE seminars are very welcome for submission to the RILE Working Paper Series.

Each year the EDLE seminars series will be concluded with a two day seminar, in cooperation with staff and PhD students of Maastricht University and the Universities of Paris II and X. The next joint seminar on 'The Future of Law and Economics' will be held in Maastricht.

Climate Change and Insurance

17th Joint Seminar of the European Association of Law and Economics and The Geneva Association
Reykjavík, 22–23 June 2017

The 17th Joint Seminar of the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) and the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) will take place at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Reykjavík, Iceland on 22–23 June 2017.

The main topic of the seminar will be climate change and insurance. Any papers dealing with the law and economic aspects of climate change and insurance are invited. Papers could inter alia deal with the following issues:

  • The challenges brought by climate change for both P&C and life insurers on the liability and asset management sides of their business and why;
  • What role can insurance and risk transfer solutions play in building socio-economic resilience to extreme events? How can the insurance sector contribute to the development of adaptive measures to mitigate the impacts of climate?
  • How can insurance support the most vulnerable societies against the impacts of climate change?;
  • What are the benefits and challenges with open and transparent sharing of risk information and risk pricing associated with climate change impacts engaging the public and private sectors?
  • What role the insurance sector could play in supporting society with the transitioning to a low-carbon economy? In this regard, what incentives can the insurance industry provide through the underwriting side of its business? What can the insurance industry contribute to promoting green and low-carbon investments, particularly related to the expansion of its investment portfolio in alternative energy sources? What are the major hurdles facing the industry in these regards?
  • What are the key legal issues around different aspects of the insurance business and climate change, and why?

Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2017 for review by a scientific board. The acceptance of the proposals will be announced by 1 March 2017.

Full papers are due by 22 May 2017. A selection of the papers from the seminar will be invited for publication in The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance—Issues and Practice.

The seminar is sponsored by The Geneva Association and two Icelandic insurance companies,Tryggingamiðstöðin and Vörður.

It is organised by Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Assistant Professor at the University of Iceland. Proposals should be submitted to Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Environment and Natural Resources, School of Business, University of Iceland, Gimli v/Saemundargotu, 101 Reykjavík. E-mail:

Joint Seminar 'The Future of Law and Economics'

A seminar for PhD students of Paris X (Paris Ouest) and Paris II (Panthéon Assas), Maastricht University, Erasmus School of Law and the European Doctorate in Law & Economics (EDLE).

In March 2009, PhD students working on topics with respect to the economic analysis of law (also law and economics) came together in Paris as a result of a cooperation between the universities of Maastricht, Paris, Erasmus School of Law and the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE). The idea was to provide a forum to PhD students to present their ongoing PhD research and receive feedback from senior law and economics scholars from the other institutions as well as from their colleagues. This first seminar was a great success whereby it was considered very fruitful to have this mutual exchange of ideas and stimulating criticisms.

The second seminar was organised by the Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam in March 2010.
On 3 and 4 March 2011 the third seminar was held at Maastricht University.
The fourth seminar was organised at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) on 8 and 9 March 2012.
The fifth seminar was organised in Rotterdam on 21 and 22 March 2013.
The sixth seminar was organised in Maastricht on 27 and 28 March 2014.  
The seventh seminar was organised in Paris  on 26 and 27 March 2015.

The eight seminar was organised in Rotterdam on 23 and 24 March 2016.

The next seminar will be held in Maastricht on 23 and 24 March 2017.

The title of the seminar remains 'The Future of Law and Economics', symbolizing the fact that the PhD candidates constitute the future of law and economics and realizing that much of the research they undertake is in fact path-breaking and innovative.

Guest lecture series by Prof. Jonathan Klick on Empirical Legal Studies

Preceding the Joint Seminar 'The Future of Law and Economics', from Monday 23 March till Wednesday 25 March 2015 from 09.30 – 12.00 hours Prof. Jonathan Klick gave a guest lecture series on Empirical Legal Studies at the Erasmus School of Law. 

Legal scholarship has grown increasingly empirical with researchers attempting to test legal theories that had previously been based on anecdotes or intuitions. Taking a cue from modern microeconometrics, economists working in empirical legal studies have focused primary attention on the issue of causality. Because we generally cannot run controlled experiments in legal and policy contexts, a number of issues arise with respect to causal inference. These lectures will highlight strategies used in empirical law and economics to isolate how legal and regulatory changes affect individual behaviour. The course will be an introduction to statistical methods used in law and economics and empirical legal studies. The course will ensure that the participants can be critical consumers of empirical research used in modern social science scholarship, and it will offer you a starting point for performing your own empirical law and economics research.