Our mission is to protect the interests of the university and our researchers in conducting scientific research (including academic integrity, intellectual property, publication and liability). We do this by providing high-quality and proactive legal support and thus creating a protected working environment for researchers and research support professionals. 

ERS Legal supports researchers and research support professionals find their way through the maze of legislation and contractual agreements, identifies legal risks and advises on how to deal with these risks. Our daily activities mainly consist of providing legal advice and drafting and assessing contracts in the field of scientific research. 

Additionally, by connecting daily practice, legal theory and close contact with researchers, research support professionals and other EUR lawyers, we are working on continuous process improvements. We do this through, for example, the development of models and improvement of models.  

Our main activities in 2018

• Daily legal research support for Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil), Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Erasmus School of Healt Policy & Management (ESHPM).
• Development of efficient workflow, models and training for contract research.
• A thorough overhaul of contract research terms and conditions (in collaboration with the legal community), including the recommendations of the Mols committee.
• A master license agreement between Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC concerning access to the Generation R database that all faculties can use.

Our main activities in 2019

• Continuation of daily legal research support for ESPhil, ESSB, ESHCC, ISS and ESHPM.
• Closer collaboration with TTO legal (Erasmus MC).
• Process improvement: continue to develop and improve models and checklists (including for the Research Services website).
• Creating more awareness: Legal must become part of the DNA of the faculties, e.g. by developing and giving training.