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EUR Research Excellence Initiatives

EUR Research Excellence Projects

Doctors and Criminal Lawyers, dealing with Death and Dying

Doctor and lawyers dealing with death and dying is a collaborative research project between the Erasmus School of Law and the Public Health department of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. The aim is to combine empirical research with the expertise of criminal law to better understand, regulate, and control end-of-life decision-making in health care and (criminal) law.

The Netherlands is one of the few countries in the world with a legal provision to allow physicians to provide their patients with assistance in dying. Having such regulation, however, has not ended the societal debate about the role of physicians in death and dying. Complicated ethical and legal problems remain for many patient groups, such as children between 1-12 years old, psychiatric patients, individuals who are tired of life, and patients with dementia. Also, there is a debate about whether or not the act of assistance in dying should be limited to physicians. 

The project focuses on the societal, ethical and legal issues in end-of-life decision-making at the perimeters of the euthanasia law. 

Erasmus School of Law project leader: Prof. Paul Mevis.
For more information, please visit the website.

Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to Rule of Law and Human Rights (INFAR)

INFAR is a collaborative research project between Erasmus School of Law and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). The project is dedicated to pursuing high quality research on the rule of law and human rights in an interdisciplinary framework and fostering collaboration between researchers at Erasmus University and beyond. The collaborative research project is dedicated to pursuing high quality research on the rule of law and human rights in an interdisciplinary framework and fostering collaboration between researchers at Erasmus University Rotterdam and beyond. The project comprises three research themes: the theory of rule in law in context, value clashes in a globalised context, and public and private actors.

Erasmus School of Law project leader: Prof. Sanne Taekema
For a full description of the project, please visit the website.

Depoliticization and the Public Interest (DPI)

This project focuses on the processes of depoliticization in regulatory infrastructures. It does so by mapping the sites of technocratic governance and depoliticization embedded in the future TTIP and/or CETA regime complex and, contextually, to identify existing and potential space for repoliticization. 

Erasmus School of Law project leaders: Prof. Alessandra Arcuri and Prof. Jeroen Temperman.
For a full description of the project, please visit the website.

Social Investment States (SIS)

The overall goal of this program is to analyse from a multidisciplinary, international comparative perspective the alleged shift in the allocation of responsibilities from public to private actors as far as the control of work-related risks is concerned and to derive policy implications from these insights that can facilitate employees better to strengthen their labour market position. The project entails collaboration between BACT and the Sociology department of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. 

Erasmus School of Law project leader: Prof. Michael Faure.
For a full description of the project, please visit the website.