Rebalancing Public & Private Interests

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Rebalancing Public & Private Interests is a cross-disciplinary research platform of Erasmus School of Law. We study the interaction between public and private interests and between public and private actors in the context of contemporary societal challenges like globalisation, digitisation and privatisation and crises like those of the environment, financial system, public health and the rule of law. This research platform is built on cooperation between scholars of Erasmus School of Law and the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. We also cooperate with the Erasmus Center of Empirical Legal Studies, funded by the same sector plan.

Law shapes society and defines markets. Society and markets inform the law. Law is hence constantly in development due to changes in the social, economic and political fabric of societies. Developments like globalisation, digitisation and privatisation and crises like those of the environment, financial system, public health, and the rule of law require that the legal system and underlying interests are re-evaluated and recalibrated. A well-functioning legal system is essential for the prosperity and wellbeing of citizens and requires strong faculties of law with excellent scholars equipped to deal with societal challenges. The legal discipline of the 21st century is also repositioning itself within the academic environment and in its relationship to other disciplines. Mindful of these societal and academic developments, the Dutch Sectorplan for Law 2019-2024 (in Dutch) facilitates the repositioning of law in society with cross-faculty partnerships along four thematic and one methodological research lines:

  • Digital legal studies
  • Conflict resolving institutions
  • Transformative functioning of globalisation in law
  • Rebalancing of public interests in private relationships
  • Empirical legal studies

Erasmus School of Law participates in the latter two.

Rebalancing Public & Private Interests aims at making an innovative research contribution to the role of law in its economic and social context. This cross-disciplinary research initiative focuses on the emergence and the interaction between public and private interests in the context of specific societal challenges, which we summarise as ‘the public-private challenge’. More specifically, this addresses questions about how public interests are created, promoted, implemented and enforced by private actors, within private relationships and public-private partnerships, and on the emergence and interaction between public and private interests against the background of contemporary societal challenges such as like globalisation, digitisation and privatisation and crises like those of the environment, the financial system, public health and the rule of law.

Research line agenda of Rebalancing Public-Private Interests

Chairs

Prof. Lieselot Bisschop
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Prof. René Repasi
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Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi
Groningen Sector Plan chair on Public & Private Interests
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Postdoctoral researchers

Groningen sector plan postdoctoral researchers

PhD students

Eleven PhD positions were funded based on the sector plan funding for both research lines (Public & Private Interests and Empirical Legal Studies). All PhD candidates are listed below, but the extent to which their PhD research relates to one or both of the research lines varies.

  • Candice Foot
  • Vivian van der Kuil
  • Dominic van Kleef
  • Daniel Grimmelikhuizen
  • Cybele Atme
  • Antonia-Evangelia Christopoulos
  • Kostina Prift
  • Seniha Akin
  • 3 additional PhD vacancies will be filled in 2022

Groningen PhD candidates: Pim Wissink, Benedikt Schmitz and Ida Varošanec.

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