Research Centers

Centre for the Law and Economics and Cyber Security (CLECS)

Currently, there is under- and overinvestment in cybersecurity by both government and industry. As the investments in cyber security will rise in the future through developments such as robotics, the ‘internet of things’ and blockchain, so will the need for a societal debate about the efficiency of those investments. The mission of this centre is to create a stronger public discourse regarding efficient cyber security investments.

For more information: CLECS or send an email to the CLECS Secretariat.

China Law Centre (CLC)

The China Law Centre of Erasmus School of Law has been engaged for many years in several research and educational activities with Chinese law schools and other institutions. In order to further structure and reinforce these relations, the China Law Centre will expand the capacity of teaching and research on Chinese law, increase our competitiveness in instigating Chinese law-related projects, and strengthen our advisory work to the government and business community. 

Director: Prof. Yuwen Li.
For more information: CLC or send an email to Prof. Yuwen Li.

Centre for Information & Research on Organised Crime (CIROC)

CIROC is an international centre for information and research on organised crime and the fight against it. The centre was founded in 2001 by the departments of criminology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), VU Amsterdam (VU), Maastricht University (UM), Utrecht University (UU), and the WODC, the Research and Documentation Centre of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security. As of 1 April 2021, the department of criminology at Erasmus School of Law has taken on the coordinating role at CIROC.

CIROC aims to make a leading contribution, both in the Netherlands and internationally, to the exchange of information on current developments and trends in organised crime. It sees itself as a network builder: in the Netherlands, CIROC seeks to build a bridge between the science of criminology and the practice of investigation, prosecution and trial. At the international level, it expands and strengthens professional networks in its area of expertise.

Contact Erasmus School of Law:
Prof.dr. Richard Staring
Dr. Robby Roks
For more information, please visit CIROC or contact Sey Lin van Munster-Kan via

Digital Governance (DIGOV)

The Digital Governance project (DIGOV) asks which rules and norms are needed to enable Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to fully support our individual and societal interests. To that aim DIGOV organises international conferences, a visiting scholar programme, policy consultations and builds up an open teaching platform. DIGOV is also the name of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that has been awarded by the European Commission to Erasmus School of Law, in conjunction with the Law School of the University of Leeds (UK) and the Law School of Bar-Ilan University (Israel). The centre has started on 1 September 2019 and will be funded for three years within the framework of Jean Monnet Actions of the European Union.

Project leaders: Prof. Klaus Heine and Prof. Evert Stamhuis
For more information, please visit the DIGOV website.

Erasmus Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (ECEFG)

The ECEFG is an international multidisciplinary network of leading researchers and societal stakeholders It aims at building a trans-European network of high-quality researchers and societal stakeholders around the interdisciplinary theme of Economic and Financial Governance in the EU. 

Academic Director: Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink.
For more information: ECEFG or contact Dr René Repasi.

Erasmus Centre for Local Government Taxes (ESBL)

The Erasmus Study Centre for Local Government Taxes (ESBL) carries out research in the field of the taxes of municipalities, water boards and other local authorities on a national and international level. 

Academic Director: Prof. Arjen Schep
For more information (only in Dutch): ESBL or send an email to Prof. Arjen Schep.

Erasmus Centre for Penal Studies (ECPS)

Het ECPS (Erasmus Centre for Penal Studies) is een kleine, platte organisatie die zich richt op hoogwaardig strafrechtelijk onderzoek en onderwijs ten behoeve van alle partijen die door hun werkzaamheden in aanraking komen met het strafrecht of met punitieve elementen.

Het ECPS is een integraal onderdeel van de sectie strafrecht van Erasmus School of Law. Naast de juridische expertise die binnen het ECPS zelf aanwezig is, kan het ECPS ook gebruik maken van de kennis die verder binnen de Universiteit voorradig is. Binnen de faculteit is die expertise er op het gebied van criminologie, bestuurs(straf)recht en privaatrecht. Maar ook de andere faculteiten worden zonder moeite benaderd voor hun kennis.

Directeur Erasmus Centre for Penal Studies: Mr. J.H.J. (Joost) Verbaan.
For more information (only in Dutch), please visit ECPS.

Institute of Corporate Law (IVO)

The Institute of Corporate Law is a scientific study centre in the field of corporate law, corporate and securities law at the Law Faculties of the University of Groningen and the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Led by Bastiaan Assink, Hylda Boschma, Marnix van Ginneken, Maarten Kroeze, Loes Lennarts, Hanny Schutte-Veenstra, Kid Schwarz, Maarten Verbrugh, Hélène Vletter-van Dort and Jan Berend Wezeman.

Contact: Prof. Kid Schwarz
For more information, please visit IVO.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Theme Cybersecurity (LDE)

Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam are bringing their expertise together in a new cybersecurity program. This Leiden-Delft-Erasmus collaboration focuses on multidisciplinary research and education and partnerships with governments, businesses and knowledge institutions in Zuid-Holland.

Contact Erasmus School of Law:
Prof. dr. Michael Faure and Dr. ir. Bernold Nieuwesteeg Law & Economics of Cyber Security 
Dr. Wytske van der Wagen and Dr. Tamar Fischer Criminology

For more information, please visit LDE.

Rotterdam Institute for Law and Economic (RILE)

Established in the year 2000, the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE) is set to carry out the task of promoting and furthering the development of Law and Economics, across the Netherlands, but also worldwide. For this purpose, a twofold strategy has been devised. First, a comprehensive training programme is offered for scholars ranging from undergraduate level to specialised teaching and the option for PhD studies. Second, the RILE aims at proliferating the academic discourse on Law and Economics through organising conferences and workshops, as well as publications in books and leading journals. Also, the institute invites senior and junior researchers to join its growing number of affiliates.

Academic Director: Prof. Michael Faure
For more information, please visit RILE.

Rotterdam Institute for Shipping and Transport Law (RISTL)

The Rotterdam Institute for Shipping and Transport Law (RISTL) was founded in 2009. RISTL aims to provide a better and more transparent structure for the various Master level courses in these fields provided by Erasmus School of Law. RISTL will also be instrumental in organising seminars, colloquia, and conferences on topical subjects were possible in close collaboration with partner universities, institutes and associations both at home and abroad. RISTL is also intended as a centre for both academic and practical research in shipping and transport law.

Director: Prof. Frank Smeele
For more information, please visit RISTL.

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