International Collaboration

Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA)

APELIA is a non-profit academic association founded by prestigious law schools and legal research institutions in Asia-Pacific and Europe. APELIA was established in June 2019 through a joint initiative proposed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School and Erasmus University Rotterdam Erasmus School of Law. APELIA has 18 founding members from Asia-Pacific and Europe. 

For more information, please visit APELIA or contact Prof. Yuwen Li.

Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS)

ATLAS was formed in 2006 with the mission of bringing together talented doctoral students in the field of law. The association strives to promote in-depth study of legal issues related a.o. to: the comparative legal and regulatory responses to globalisation; the evolution of transnational law; and the challenges involved in international governance.

Academic Director: Prof. Klaus Heine
For more information, please visit ATLAS or send an email to

Common Studies Programme in Critical Criminology (CSPCC)

The Common Study Programme started in 1984. The programme was initially developed to provide a common instructional framework in Criminal Justice and Criminology among several European universities. Since that time the programme has steadily developed into the premiere scholarly forum for the study of critical criminology. The programme has grown over the years and has participating universities in Europe and the United States. 

For more information, please visit CSPCC.

European Doctorate in Law & Economics (EDLE)

Law & Economics today pervades research in all fields of interest. The application of economic thought to legal analysis enables innovative solutions to problems of the law – be it the design of transnational legal relations, organisational statutes for states or corporations, the drafting of single private transactions or enforcement strategies. EDLE is one of the largest doctorate programmes in the field. It is a joint doctoral programme by four of the leading European universities: the Universities of Bologna, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Rennes1. The stipend-based programme aims at addressing a new class of outstanding PhD researchers from all over the world.

Programme Manager: Prof. Michael Faure.
For more information, please visit EDLE.

EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation (EUPLANT)

The Jean Monnet Network ‘EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation’ (EUPLANT) investigates the interactions between the Chinese and the European Union (EU) legal and judicial systems and promotes excellence in teaching and research on EU-China legal and judicial cooperation. Through a set of research, policy and outreach activities, EUPLANT creates new avenues for enhanced academic and policy cooperation between the EU and China and engenders a better understanding of each other’s legal systems.

EU Trade and Investment Policy ITN (EUTIP)

Interdisciplinary collaboration pooling world-leading researchers in the field of EU international trade policy from relevant disciplines of law: EU constitutional, internal market and external relations law, international trade law, international law political science, international relations and economics.  The aim is to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on EU law and policy on the regulation of international trade. 

For more information, please visit EUTIP or contact Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink and Prof. Klaus Heine.

Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR)

Erasmus School of Law is a member of the NNHRR since the network. The aim of the network is to sustain and further strengthen cooperation in the field of human rights research. The NNHRR has become an essential platform for human rights researchers seeking to establish meaningful contacts and durable links in the Netherlands. The NNHRR is connecting researchers, academic institutions, innovative ideas and outputs, thus generating relevant societal insights. As such, it maintains and strengthens the institutionalised cooperation among human rights researchers in the Netherlands and facilitates the organisation of inter-university research and training for PhD researchers. It also enhances the visibility of human rights work conducted at Dutch universities nationally and internationally and aims at becoming a focal point for non-academic organisations such as ministries, NGOs and international organisations working on applied research questions. 

For more information, please visit NNHRR or contact the ESL representative Prof. Jeroen Temperman.

Rotterdam Law Network (RLN)

The RLN was founded in 1995 on the initiative of the School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The aim of the network is to enhance international cooperation by cultivating existing and establishing new contacts between the law departments of European universities and by providing a platform for an exchange of information and best practices about student exchange, staff and teaching mobility.  Since its formation, the RLN has grown to include 35 member universities, mostly from EU member states, EU candidate states as well as from the European Economic Area. The network is steadily growing by gaining new members. Each year, the “Rotterdam Law Network Meeting” takes place, organised alternately by and at member universities. Participants of the annual meetings comprise deans, professors and international coordinators of the law schools of the member universities. This reflects the network’s aspiration to simultaneously function on an academic and administrative level, where it comes to internationalisation. 

For more information, please contact the chair of the RLN, Prof. Sanne Taekema.


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