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10 november 2019

Workshop Private Law at KU Leuven on European Tort Law

November 5th I had the great honor to present a new paper to my colleagues in Leuven. The paper (co-authored with my Tilburg colleague Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna) concerns the extra-contractual liability of the European Union for the failure to adjudicate within a reasonable time, as addressed in the cases of Gascogne, Kendrion and ASPLA (December 2018). The non-contractual liability for damages caused by judicial decisions is one of the most disputed domains of tort law. EU

1 oktober 2019

PIP scandal to be addressed by Dutch Supreme Court

The outcome of damages actions in the Netherlands involving the liability of doctors, clinics and hospitals responsible for the placing of PIP silicone breast implants will likely be determined by a ruling of the Dutch Supreme Court, expected for Spring 2020. Late August 2019, the Court of Appeal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch referred questions to the Dutch Supreme Court (Hoge Raad) under the national preliminary reference scheme, asking for the interpretation of the strict(er) liability rule of

10 juli 2019

Visiting Professorship KU Leuven

I am exited to announce that I have been awarded a Visiting Professorship at KU Leuven for the academic year 2019/2020! The professorship is funded by the Belgian Journal of Private Law (Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht – TPR) and is officially known as the TPR-Wisselleerstoel. KU Leuven will be my residence for one year, during which I will participate in the educational activities of the Law Faculty and will continue my research project on the Constitutionalization

9 april 2019

Sciences Po

I will be a speaker at the two day conference ‘Reimagining Contract in a World of Global Value Chains’ at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, 9–10 May 2019. The workshop is hosted by the SAB Global Value Chains @ Sciences Po. You can find the background to the event here

30 maart 2019

Guest lecture in Trento on tort law in a European context in

29 March I had the honour of giving a lecture at the University of Trento, Italy. I met a very enthusiastic crowd of students, who came well prepared to the talk and eager to engage in fundamental questions around the concept of tort law and the role of the European Union in its development. The lecture was part of the course on Foundations of Private Law from an EU perspective within the programme of CEILS

17 oktober 2018

Cour de Cassation refers PIP case to Paris Court of Appeal

On 10 October, the French Supreme Court ruled that the Court of Appeal in Aix-en-Provence had not sufficiently addressed the arguments of plaintiffs in the damages claim they have brought against TÜV Rheinland in relation to the defective PIP breast implants. It is another step in the complex litigation involving the illegal use of substandard silicone gel for the manufacturing of breast implants by the French company PIP. See for comments on the decision from

3 augustus 2018

Visiting scholar at Oxford

I have had the pleasure of being an Academic Visitor at the Institute of European and Comparative Law from August to November 2018. My research stay was devoted to the project ‘The constitutionalization of private regulation’, a comparative research project in which I undertake to assess the conditions that govern the civil liability of private regulatory bodies. Funding is provided by the VENI Innovational Incentive Research scheme of the Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO). Read my short

15 december 2017

Themanummer ‘Gedragswetenschap in het consumentenrecht’

Onderzoek door gedragswetenschappers heeft de laatste twee decennia tot vernieuwende inzichten geleid in het doorgronden van gedrag van bedrijven en consumenten. Deze inzichten lijken daarmee zeer relevant voor een effectieve vormgeving, implementatie en handhaving van het consumentenrecht. Het nieuwste nummer van het Tijdschrift voor consumentenrecht en handelspraktijken (TvC) omvat bijdragen die de vraag stellen of en hoe gedragsinzichten een plaats hebben in ons huidige consumentenrecht. Experts op uiteenlopende delen van het consumentenrecht lichten toe in hoeverre concepten als ‘bounded rationality’, ‘heuristics’ en ‘anchoring’ in

23 november 2017

Expert talk on the ongoing fipronil crisis

I was invited to give a talk before the national commission investigating the use of the biocide fipronil in the egg sector. Since the summer of 2017 millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in more than a dozen European countries. The cause of this extensive recall was the discovery of eggs contaminated with the potentially harmful biocide called fipronil. While this substance is commonly use to do away with fleas, lice and ticks, its

20 september 2017

New publications with OUP and Elgar

I am glad to share the news that two new articles were published. The first (co-authored with Phillip Paiement) concerns a bibliography on Transnational Private Regulation and appeared in OUP’s Bibliographies of Political Science. The second is a Chapter of mine on the interplay between EU primary law (free movement of goods and services) and private law remedies (Intersentia, Cambridge). See for more details my project pages on Private regulation European private law