Jean Monnet Chair | People


  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine

    Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. Heine has ample experience in teaching European economic policy at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level. His research areas are European economic policy (especially state aid control and federalism), law and economics, and management, and he is one of the few scholars worldwide to work on the intersection of these three research domains. 

His research is recognised by an international audience through presentations at numerous international conferences and publishing in leading journals in the respective fields.

He taught and did research at the Philipps-University, the Ruhr-University (Bochum), the Free-University (Berlin) and the UMIT (Vienna). He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School (USA), at the Law School of the University of Bergen (Norway) and at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Friedrich Schiller University Jean (Germany).

He is a member of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik, member of the Council on Economic Systems and Institutional Economics) and he is a member of the Walter-Eucken Institute in Freiburg (Germany). He has published in journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, European Journal of Law and Economics, European Business and Organization Law Review, European Competition Law Review, Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law and the Columbia Journal of European Law. He has contributed to numerous books and was the editor of two books.

Klaus Heine was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law in June 2012. In the academic community, the Jean Monnet label is recognised as a sign of excellence. It was established by the European Commission as an initiative to promote teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies in higher education institutions.

Click for the Curriculum Vitae of Klaus Heine, and  for a list of his publications.

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Contact info


Prof Dr. K. Heine

Alberto Quintavalla

Law and Economics


Erasmus School of Law

Room: J6-51

Erasmus University Rotterdam




T: 010-4082691

Rik Posthuma

T: 010-4082186



Room:  J6-43


J6 - 59



Phd students

  • Maximilian Kerk

    Thesis Title: Meta-organizations: Formal and informal power in inter-organizational relationships


    Maximilian holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a German Diploma in Computer Science from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University. He has previously worked as a data analyst for Commerzbank and as a technical consultant for Hewlett-Packard.

    In his research Maximilian studies the governance of meta-organizations, such as joint ventures and business networks. His methodological focus lies in the application of microeconomic theory, statistical data analysis and experimental economics. In 2015 Maximilian was awarded the Heinz Sauermann young-researchers prize. Besides teaching and the supervision of Master’s theses, he is also involved in drafting external expert reports.

  • Shaheen Naseer

    Thesis Title: Bureaucracy and Public Policy: The Role of the Trinity of Imprinting, Inertia and Identity


    Shaheen holds a Master's degree in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.

    Shaheen has special research interests in political economy, public policy and public organizations questions. Her PhD research focuses on exploring the role of bureaucracy in public policy using an inter-disciplinary approach. Her research papers have been accepted for presentation in the most prestigious international conferences in the field, organised by American Political Science Association, American Sociological Association, Academy of management , European Group for Organizational Studies, and European Public Choice Society.

  • Cíntia Nunes

    Thesis TitleAdministered contracts for hydrocarbons extraction in Brazil


    Cintia is a Brazilian fully qualified lawyer with a Law Degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2010). During her undergraduate studies she took part in the special energy law program of the Brazilian National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Gas Natural e Biocombustiveis, ANP). She also holds a double LL. M. degree from the Universities of Hamburg and Rotterdam (2013) under the European Master in Law and Economics.

    Cintia has previously worked as an associate lawyer at Bonavides Advocacia law firm, as a legal counsel for the Chief Prosecutor to the Rio Grande do Norte State Court of Audit (2011-2012), and as a technical assistant at the Brazilian Federal Revenue Office (2009-2011). Her PhD research on administered contracts for oil extraction in Brazil offers a comparative economic analysis of the institutions responsible for managing the hydrocarbons exploration and production contracts in that country, namely the regulatory agency for the sector (ANP), the judiciary and arbitral courts, both domestic and international. Cintia is interested in energy law, environmental law, international law of the sea, development and dispute settlement mechanisms.

  • Shu Li

    Thesis Title: Rethinking Intellectual Property Law in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: 3D printing and its implications


    Shu Li holds a master degree of intellectual property law from China University of Political Science and Law (2015). Prior to that, he got the bachelor of law from the same university (2012) and gained an internship in the IP tribunal of the supreme court of China. He also has exchange study experience in Oxford University and Tilburg University. At the moment, he is a PhD candidate within the program of European Doctorate of Law and Economics. His research interests include law and technology, property law and economics, torts law and economics, and innovation policy.

    Shu’s doctorate research focuses on the question that to what extent the increasing application of 3D printing disrupts the incumbent IP framework, specifically from property and torts law and economics perspectives, and the potential approaches for future legal design. 

  • Alberto Quintavalla

    Thesis Title: Building a New Water Policy: Giving Water it's 'Full Value'


    Alberto holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Parma and completed his Master thesis at the Utrecht Universiteit. After that, he completed the European College and the Master in European Studies at Luiss. He has been a visiting researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in July and August 2016. At the moment he is a PhD student within the program of Erasmus Graduate School of Law.

    His research focuses on water management in the EU. Specifically, Alberto’s research considers how better water management in terms of economics can be achieved in the EU if non-economic values are also associated to the value of water.


  • Ignacio Cofone (Graduated in 2015)

    Thesis Title: Privacy Tradeoffs in Information Technology Law
    Current PositionResident Fellow at Yale Law School, Information Society Project

  • Kateryna Grabovets (Graduated in 2014)

    Thesis Title: Organizational Design and Tort Law
    Current Position: Lecturer in Finance at Hogeschool Rotterdam

  • Philip Cosmo Hanke (Graduated in 2014)

    Thesis Title: Regulating State Aid: Inter-jurisdictional Competition, Public Choice and Corporate Governance
    Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Public Law, University of Berne, Switzerland  

  • Ana Jakovljevic (Graduated in 2014)

    Thesis Title: Fighting corruption with pyramids: A Law and Economics approach to combating corruption in post-socialist countries
    Current Position: Director of the Centre for Quality Assurance, University of Belgrade, Belgrade