Research groups

Faculty of Law

The Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies encompasses various research groups and centres, each with their own specialisations.

Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL)

The ACIL houses research programmes on public international law. These include programmes on international constitutional and human rights law, criminal justice, the integration of international and domestic legal order, and international responsibility.

Amsterdam Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability (ACELS)

The ACELS’s research programme focuses on how international and European environmental law can direct the market to support sustainable development and address climate change.

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)

The ACELG studies European law and governance. It focuses on understanding constitutional developments taking place under the European Union and placing these developments into their political, administrative, and economic contexts.

Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE)

A joint initiative of the economics and law faculties, the ACLE promotes research on the interaction between law and economics.

Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (ACTL)

The ACTL’s current research, entitled ‘Tax Sovereignty vs. Globalisation’,  addresses conflicts between national and international tax regimes, and potential solutions to these conflicts.

Bonger Institute

The Bonger Institute is a multidisciplinary research group in the field of criminology, focusing on lifestyles, criminality, and criminalisation processes.

Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)

 Defining contract law in the broadest sense as the law that governs all economic transactions, the CSECL studies the interplay between relevant domestic, international, and European versions of this law.

Institute for Information Law (IViR)

The IViR is one of the largest research centers in the field of information law in the world. Its researchers are active in a spectrum of information society-related legal areas: intellectual property law, patents, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, et cetera.

Leibniz Center for Law

The Leibniz Centre houses an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to developing intelligent technology to support legal practice in the public and private sectors.

The Netherlands China Law Centre 荷中法律研究中心

The NCLC offers expertise on the form and function of law and legal institutions in China. The Centre focuses its research on the law’s role in regulating economic behaviour and balancing public and private interests.

Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (PSC)

The Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence combines research in the fields of legal theory, legal philosophy, legal sociology, and legal history.

Research platforms

Researchers of the Faculty of Law take part in a variety of interdisciplinary platforms:

Amsterdam Circle for Law and Language (ACLL)

The ACLL supports the emerging field of law and language by providing a forum to exchange ideas about the methodological and social relations between the two.

Amsterdams Institute for Advanced labour Studies (AIAS)

AIAS is an institute for interdisciplinary research and education in the field of labour studies, combining the disciplines of law, economics, sociology, psychology, and health science.

Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR) 

The APPR consists of more than 60 researchers at the University of Amsterdam who are involved with privacy research, from a variety of scientific fields including law, philosophy, economics, medicine, communication studies, informatics, and political science.

Research Group Market Regulation

The Research Group on Market Regulation studies European, international and national developments in financial, labour and energy markets, as well as market-related aspects of competition law and environmental regulation.

The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking

This project examines post-national rulemaking from the perspectives of public international law, European public law, and European private law.

Published by  Faculty of Law

31 March 2016