Paul Verbruggen


Written by: Paul Verbruggen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Invited speaker at NILG annual conference

1 December 2017 the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance (NILG) will host its annual conference. This year’s theme is The Future of Law & Technocratic Regulation by Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation & Normalisation (‘SCAN’). My talk at the conference will concern the potential of standards-development organisations to be held liable for their regulatory activities. The programme and abstracts can be downloaded here NILG conference webpage

BGH decides on TÜV Rheinland’s liability

The highest German court in civil matters, the Bundesgerichtshof, has denied a damages claim brought by a woman who received PIP breast implants against the certification body that was involved in the inspection of PIP production facilities TÜV Rheinland. This final judgment comes after the European Court of Justice of the EU had offered guidance to the Bundesgerichtshof as regards the scope of the inspection obligations TÜV Rheinland had under the applicable EU rules. For now,