As of 1 January 2021, Dr René Repasi and Dr Lieselot Bisschop have been appointed as Professors on the Joint Chair Public and Private Interests at Erasmus School of Law. These appointments are in line with the mission of Erasmus School of Law to foster careers in research, and directly related to the School’s ambition to expand its position as a leading research institute, and the launch of a new cross-disciplinary research centre Public and Private Interests - Towards a new Balance.
The Joint Chair focuses on how public interests can be secured by private actors (e.g. companies) within private relationships and within public-private partnerships, and on the interplay between and the emergence of public and private interests in contemporary societal challenges. It resonates with Erasmus School of Law's research focus in all substantive areas of law and criminology on the function of law in its economic and social context and, more specifically, on the overarching question of the role in safeguarding public and private interests in national and international trade and commerce. It is also connected to the expertise and societal themes in other prestigious research projects located at Erasmus School of Law, such as one of the excellent existing research initiatives Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity, as well as to the methodological focus on empirical legal studies.
Professor Fabian Amtenbrink, Vice Dean of Research: “I am excited about the prospect of the newly established Joint Chair at Erasmus School of Law. The Chair brings together the different areas of law and criminology, in which excellent and impactful research and education is conducted, related to the role of law in balancing public and private interests in a lasting way. It further shapes the national and international profile of our School for the future.”
About Lieselot Bisschop
Lieselot Bisschop’s core areas of interest and expertise are environmental harm, corporate crime, organised crime, and their governance. Past and ongoing studies have for instance focused on e-waste trafficking and planned adolescence of electronics, wildlife, gold and timber trafficking, shipbreaking, and coastal land loss. Next to projects on environmental crime, her research focuses on public and private control and prevention of organised crime (e.g. drugs trafficking via the port of Rotterdam) and subversive crime (Dutch: ondermijning). The difficult balance between public and private interests and between public and private governance is what continues to intrigue her and inspires her research, in which she tries to strike a balance between academic and societal relevance. Lieselot is a member of the multidisciplinary research team of the Erasmus Initiative on Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity and the Department of Criminology of Erasmus School of Law. She previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Research Fund Flanders (FWO) and as an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She holds a PhD in criminology from Ghent University, which focused on the governance of transnational environmental crime, with a specific focus on the illegal transports of e-waste and tropical timber connected to the port of Antwerp. Prior to her PhD research, she worked as a researcher for the Centre for Policing and Security (Belgium) on topics of police leadership.
About René Repasi
The research interests of René Repasi revolve around legal matters relating to economic and financial governance, banking regulation, constitutional and institutional implications of EMU, and Brexit. He is Deputy Head of the Department of International and European Union Law at Erasmus School of Law and Director of the Erasmus Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance of Erasmus School of Economics and Erasmus School of Law. He regularly advises the European and national Parliaments in matters relating to his research. Previously, he was Scientific Coordinator of the European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (EURO-CEFG) of the Universities of Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam. Before his appointment as scientific coordinator in November 2014, he worked as Research Assistant at the Institute for German and European Corporate and Economic Law of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, University in Heidelberg, at the chair of Professor Peter-Christian Müller-Graff and as lecturer for EU law at Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany). René Repasi studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Montpellier. He holds a PhD on 'The Impact of the Supremacy of Union law on the Private International law of the Member States' from the University of Heidelberg.