Current Research
Research Programmes until 2020

Research Programmes

Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort: Relevance for Policymaking (BACT)

The aim of the programme is to explicate what expectations related to human behaviour are embedded in legal instruments, in what ways these expectations are met or not met, and how behavioural insights can be incorporated in ameliorating legal instruments. The overarching research question of the programme is how individual and/or group behaviour is affected by legal rules. The legal rules can pertain to contract and tort, as well as combined public and private legal instruments. The central research question is addressed through different legal and behavioural approaches, primarily focusing on empirical and policy-relevant research. Some of the behavioural approaches aim to test the tenability of presumptions of human behaviour underlying legal instruments. Other behavioural approaches use assumptions on human behaviour in order to predict how parties behave in legal settings. The methodological approach of the research programme is interdisciplinary, and the research team includes legal scholars specialising in contract, tort, property and corporate law, and civil procedure, as well as scholars specialising in law and economics, and sociology or psychology of law. 

Programme directors: Prof. Peter MasciniProf. Michael Faure and Dr Pieter Desmet.
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Rethinking the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalisation, Privatisation and Multiculturalism (RRL)

This research programme is the framework for the cooperation of Erasmus School of Law scholars in constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, international law and European law, jurisprudence, and legal philosophy. The programme is focused on problems of the rule of law as the common theme. 

Programme directorsProf. H.S. Taekema and Prof. J.D. Temperman.
More information on our RRL Programme.

Monitoring Safety and Security (MSS)

Safety and security are central issues in modern society. This programme aims to study various modes of governance of safety and security in financial, social, and economic systems through a broad and multidisciplinary approach. 

Programme leaders: Prof. R.H.J.M. Staring and Dr C.G. van Wingerde.
More information on our MSS Programme.

Lex Mercatoria – Globalising Business Law in the 21st Century (LM)

Lex Mercatoria: globalising business law in the 21st century focuses on the effects of internationalisation and globalisation on corporate law. The objective of the research programme is to contribute to an optimal Dutch, European and international company law. 

Programme leaders: Prof. mr. C.A. Schwarz and Prof. mr. F.G.M. Smeele.
More information on our LM Programme is available in Dutch only.

Fiscal Autonomy and its boundaries (FA)

Globalisation and increased mobility have the effect that countries are less free, less autonomous than before when designing their tax system. The central question of this research programme is: Which external influences are there right now, have been in the past or might become relevant in the future on current tax law? And to which consequences has this led or will lead?

Programme leader: Prof. dr. S.J.C. Hemels.
More information about our FA Programme is available in Dutch only.