The Erasmus Connection - May 2010

In this newsletter:

  • What's new at Erasmus School of Law?
  • Conference Party Autonomy in Property Law
  • Conference Civil Litigation in a Globalizing World: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • Conference Transatlantic Perspectives on the future of Regulation (EACLE Network conference)
  • We would love to hear from you!


What's new at Erasmus School of Law?

Another year has passed and several exciting changes have occurred at Erasmus School of Law. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of these events.

  1. The past year 4 research proposals out of 19 nationwide, were granted funding by the Dutch Government. These were " Reconstructing Political Philosophy and Legal Doctrine" (Prof. Dr. Mr. Wibren van der Burg), "Causation with Respect to Liability for Misleading Information towards Investors" (Prof. Mr. Maarten Kroeze, Prof. Mr. Siewert Lindenbergh), "Tortious Interfernce with Contract: From Netherlands and Common Law towards a common core" (Prof Dr. Filip De Ly) and "The Embeddednes of Criminal Networks in Local Ethnic Communities: a Source of (ethnic) Conflict?" (Prf Dr Henk van de Bunt, Prof Dr. Rene van Swaaningen and Dr. Richard Staring. Congratulations!
  2. Our European Master in Law and Economics and European Doctorate in Law and Economics programmes were both selected as Erasmus Mundus programmes for  the second round of Erasmus Mundus initiatives.
  3. Erasmus School of Law started new cooperation agreements with among others Renmin University and Fudan University in China.
  4. Erasmus School of Law ranks 41st place in the Social Science Research Network Ranking for Top Law Schools. Erasmu School of Law ranks 6th place for top international law schools.


Conference "Party Autonomy in Property Law" 27-28 May 2010

In international trade practice, the question often arises as to whether party autonomy or, more specifically, a choice of law possibility in matters of Property Law should be recommended or required. For example, can a French seller and a German buyer in a purchase agreement concerning movable or immovable assets agree that Dutch Law will be applicable in matters of ownership regarding these assets? Is party autonomy allowed or should it be allowed in other areas of Property Law, such as assignment of claims (receivables)?

This important question is not only answered differently in disparate legal systems but underneath it lie several and often conflicting legal interests. An example is the principle that legal acts in Property Law have not only an effect between the contracting parties but also against a third party.

During the Conference, these diverse aspects of ‘Party Autonomy in Property Law’ will be discussed by leading specialists in International Property Law.


Conference "Transatlantic Perspectives on the future of Regulation" 28 May 2010

In the wake of the global financial crisis, regulation has come to the forefront (again) as a tool of market intervention and, more broadly, as a corrective mechanism for undesired societal developments also outside the economic and financial sphere. While at least in some Western European countries regulatory intervention has always remained an important policy instrument at least to some degree, in the Anglo-Saxon economies, in the past decennia, the free market has prevailed over government intervention and regulation. The 2010 Annual Research Conference of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education will address the issue of regulation from a transatlantic perspective. European and US legal scholars present their visions and discuss the future of regulation against the background of current trends such as globalization and privatization. For more information, please click here.


Conference "Civil Litigation in a Globalizing World: A Multidisciplinary Perspective" 17-18 June 2010

On 17 and 18 June 2010, the Schools of Law of Erasmus University and the University of Maastricht will jointly organize a conference devoted to the subject “Civil Litigation in a Globalizing World; a Multidisciplinary Perspective”. Globalization of legal traffic and the inherent necessity of having to litigate in foreign courts or to enforce judgments in other countries considerably complicate civil proceedings and access to justice. This triggers the debate on the need for harmonization of civil procedure. In recent years, this debate has gained in importance because of new legislative and practical developments both at the European and the global level. These developments, amongst others the bringing about of the ALI/UNIDROIT Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure (2004) and some recent European Regulations introducing harmonized procedures, as well as problems encountered in the modernization of national civil procedure and in attempts for further harmonization, require deliberation. Papers will be presented by renowned speakers from the perspectives of legal history, law and economics, policy, private international law and private law. European and global projects in the field of harmonization of civil procedure will be discussed by experts involved in those projects. Furthermore, national papers on specific developments, problems relating to or views on harmonization of civil procedure will be presented by experts from that jurisdiction.


We would love to hear from you

Since 1999, almost 400 international students have studied with us and we would love to hear what's become of you! Perhaps you were one of the first programme participants, or you were recently with us, in any case: we want to hear from you! Send us your story, maybe a couple of photos and even some weblinks. Perhaps you will be "highlighted" in our next newsletter. Please submit your news

If your class is planning a Reunion for 2010, let us know as soon as you can and we will post your information on this site. Also, we can help with you with class reunion plans by providing mailing lists etc.