The EDLE Faculty Rotterdam


Managing Director and Rotterdam Director

Prof. Dr. Michael G. Faure LL.M. is Professor of Comparative Private Law and Economics. Michael studied law at the University of Antwerp (1982) and criminology at the University of Ghent (1983). He obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago Law School (1984) and a doctor iuris from the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg im Breisgau. Michael first was a lecturer and then a senior lecturer at the Department of Criminal Law of the Law Faculty of Leiden University (1988-1999). He became academic director of the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research (METRO) and professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University in September 1991. In 2008 he was appointed Professor of Comparative Private Law & Economics at the ESL in Rotterdam. He still holds both positions today. In addition, Michael is academic director of the IUS Commune Research School. Since 1982 he is attorney at the Antwerp Bar. In 2011 he has been elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Science (KNAW). Michael Faure teaches Environmental Law and Economics and European Law and Economics. Michael Faure publishes in the areas of environmental (criminal) law, tort and insurance and economic analysis of (accident) law. He is the managing director of the European Doctorate programme in Law and Economics (EDLE) and director of the RILE.

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Prof. Dr. Roger Van den Bergh is Professor of Law and Economics. Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at the University of Antwerp and a professor at the Universities of Utrecht and Hamburg. Roger was a visiting professor at many universities. Including Aix-en-Provence, Oslo, Moscow, LUISS Guido Carli Rome, Haifa, Bologna and New York. From 1987 until 2001 he was the President of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE). From 2000 until 2005 Roger was the Director of the European Master programme in Law and Economics (EMLE). From 2004 on Roger has been the Erasmus Mundus Coordinator of the EMLE programme. Roger teaches courses on Competition Law and Economics and Comparative Law and Economics. Roger’s publications cover a wide range of topics in Law and Economics. He published extensively in both books and leading scientific journals on Competition Law and Economics, European Law and Economics, Tort Law and Insurance, and Harmonisation of Laws. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including the American Review of Law and Economics and the Journal of Consumer Policy.

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Dr. P.T. M. Desmet Dr. P.T. M. Desmet Starting February 2011, Pieter Desmet has joined RILE and the BACT research programme. Pieter has a background in Economics (BA, University of Antwerp), in Experimental Psychology (MA, Catholic University of Leuven) and obtained a PhD from Rotterdam School of Management. He defended his PhD thesis on the psychology of financial compensations in 2011. Pieter is currently Associate Professor in Behavioural Law and Economics and conducts fundamental and applied behavioural research on decision-making in a variety of domains, including the decision making of victims, perpetrators and judges, as well as behavioural ethics and managerial and consumer decision making.

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marcofabbri Dr. Marco Fabbri is a post-doctoral researcher affiliated to the Behavioural Approach for Contract and Tort at the Institute of Private Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam since November 2014. In his research, Marco applies methodologies of Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics and Microeconometrics to investigate a wide range of topics connected to Law and Economics. In December 2014, Marco obtained a PhD cum Laude at the European Doctorate in Law and Economics program (Universities of Bologna, Hamburg and Rotterdam, advisors Prof. Francesco Parisi and Prof. Louis Visscher). His thesis discusses ethical and philosophical aspects and provides a series of innovative contributions to the field Behavioral Public Policymaking. Marco holds also a M.Sc. in Economics LMEC at University of Bologna (2011, cum Laude), a B.Sc. in Law and Economics at University of Bologna (2009, cum Laude) and a B.A. in Philosophy at University ofTrento (2006, cum Laude). Marco has been a visiting student at University Nova of Lisbon (2008), University of California Santa Cruz (2010\2011), University of California Berkeley (2014). He published his research in international journals like Intertax and the International Review of Law and Economics. Before starting his career as a Law and Economics student, Marco was for several years a professional volleyball player and he took part to over 100 matches with the Youth Italian National Volleyball Team.

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam.

Heine has ample experience in teaching European economic policy at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level. His research areas are European economic policy (especially state aid control and federalism), law and economics, and management, and he is one of the few scholars worldwide to work on the intersection of these three research domains. His research is recognised by an international audience through presentations at numerous international conferences and publishing in leading journals in the respective fields.
He taught and did research at the Philipps-University, the Ruhr-University (Bochum), the Free-University (Berlin) and the UMIT (Vienna). He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School (USA), at the Law School of the University of Bergen (Norway) and at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Friedrich Schiller University Jean (Germany).
He is a member of the German Economic Association (Verein fuer Socialpolitik, member of the Council on Economic Systems and Institutional Economics) and he is a member of the Walter-Eucken Institute in Freiburg (Germany). He has published in journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, European Journal of Law and Economics, European Business and Organization Law Review, European Competition Law Review, Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law and the Columbia Journal of European Law. He has contributed to numerous books and was the editor of two books.


Klaus Heine was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law in June 2012. In the academic community, the Jean Monnet label is recognised as a sign of excellence. It was established by the European Commission as an initiative to promote teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies in higher education institutions.

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Elena Kantorowicz Reznichenko Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Rezenichenko is Professor is a researcher at RILE, a lecturer in the European Master in Law & Economics (EMLE) of the course “Public Law and Economics”, and the EDLE academic coordinator. She holds two bachelor degrees in law and psychology from the University of Haifa; two master degrees: LL.M. from the University of Haifa and the degree of European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE, cum laude) from the University of Hamburg, University of Ghent and University of Vienna. She obtained her PhD degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Hamburg (summa cum laude) and University of Bologna. Elena is also a qualified attorney in Israel and has worked in the past as a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Israel. Elena’s main research interests are criminal law and economics, behavioural and experimental law and economics. She publishes her research in international journals and was invited to give lectures in Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany, and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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Jonathan Klick

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Klick (1975), Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is part-time appointed at the Erasmus Chair of Empirical Legal Studies at Erasmus School of Law. Jonathan Klick is both a lawyer and an economist, and he specialises in empirical Law and Economics. He will develop new focus areas of empirical research and has a special interest in areas such as corporate governance and tort law.

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SharonOded Prof. Dr. Sharon Oded is a Professor of Law Enforcement and Corporate Compliance at Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics. In 2012 Sharon defended his PhD thesis, which focused on Corporate Proactive Compliance. Sharon was awarded with a PhD cum laude. Additionally, Sharon was awarded with the annual Elly Rood Prize for the best PhD research, for what the Executive Board of the Erasmus School of Law found an exceptional, path-breaking study in the field of enforcement and compliance. Sharon has graduated cum laude in the European Master programme of Law and Economics (EMLE). He also holds an LL.M (cum laude) in commercial law from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and an LL.B (cum laude) from ‘Sha’arei Mishpat’ College of Law, Israel. Sharon is the author of the book ‘Corporate Compliance: new approaches to regulatory enforcement.’ Sharon publishes in leading academic journals and is a frequent speaker at compliance and enforcement forums. Sharon is also a Senior Associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s Regulatory and Criminal Enforcement practice group. He specialises in internal investigations and regulatory compliance. Sharon regularly assists multinational corporations in establishing global compliance programs and handling regulatory and criminal investigations on a global scale.

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emle Prof. Dr. Alessio M. Pacces is Professor of Law and Finance at the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to entering academia, he worked at the research department of the Bank of Italy and at the Italian Securities Authority (Consob). Since 2009, he has been Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). Since 2014, he has been Director of the European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE).Alessio’s research focuses on the economic analysis of corporate law and financial regulation. On these topics, he published books and chapters with houses such as Elgar, Routledge, and Oxford University Press, as well as articles in journals such as Harvard Business Law Review, American Business Law Journal, and International Review of Law and Economics, among others. He has been invited to speak by several policy institutions, such as among others the OECD, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission. He has held several visiting appointments, including among others at Berkeley Law School and Columbia Law School.

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Niels Philipsen

Prof. Dr. Niels Philipsen studied Economics (with a specialization in competition policy) at Maastricht University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree on the thesis "Regulation of and by pharmacists in the Netherlands and Belgium: An economic approach" at the UM Faculty of Law. Philipsen is Senior Researcher and Associate Professor in Law and Economics at the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research (METRO), where he is also Vice-Director.


Philipsen conducted research for inter alia the European Commission, OECD, several Dutch ministries and the International Bar Association. He also worked as temporary agent for the European Commission (DG Competition), and was a visiting researcher at Peking University and the University of Illinois. From January 2013 until April 2016 he was a member of the FP7 Collaborative Project EFFACE (EU action to fight environmental crime).  Since September 2014 he is project manager of the ITN project TRANSMIC (Transnational Migration, Citizenship and the Circulation of Rights and Responsibilities). In July 2016 he was appointed extraordinary Professor of Shifts in Private and Public Regulation at the Erasmus School of Law; and in November 2016 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Law and Economics at the China University of Political Science and Law. Philipsen wrote several books and articles.

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Chris Reinders Folmer

Dr. Chris Reinders Folmer is a post-doctoral researcher at the research program Behavioural Approach for Contract and Tort, affiliated with the Rotterdam Institute of Private Law and the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics. His background is in social and economical psychology (PhD 2008, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His research integrates psychological, legal and economic perspectives to empirically test the assumptions that underlie legal practice and policy making, identify possible discrepancies, and develop alternatives informed by these perspectives. Key research topics include 1) the remedial effectiveness of reparations in private law, focusing particularly on the value of apology; 2) misperceptions between legal actors on their litigation goals, and how these are shaped by the demands of their role; and 3) impact of litigation process and outcomes beyond the courtroom. More generally, his research interests include trust, decision making, social dilemmas, ethics, and reputation.


His future research aims to link these topics to the broader question of reducing unemployment, particularly in the case of disability, to understand how policy and litigation outcomes may contribute to people’s (re)employment following workplace accidents.

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annsophievandenberghe Dr. Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe is Associate Professor of Law and Economics. She holds a law degree (Ghent University, Belgium, 1996), an educational degree (Ghent University, Belgium, 1996), a degree of European Master in Law and Economics (1997) and a PhD (Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2004). She was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School (New York, USA, fall 2007) and a visiting professor at National Law School of India University (Bangalore,summer 2008). She is a member of the Economic Impact Group of the Common Principles of European Contract Law. She specializes in the field of comparative and behavioural law and economics of contracts, especially employment and consumer contracts.

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louis visscher Prof. Dr. Louis Visscher, LL.Mis Professor of Legal Economic Analysis of Tort & Damages at the Erasmus School of Law. He studied both economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1993) and law (Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1994, with honours). He holds a PhD (2005) from the same university. Louis teaches the course Economic Analysis of Torts and Insurance in the European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE). He supervises various PhD candidates in the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE). He provides guest lectures on the economic analysis of law in general, and game theory, employers liability and pain and suffering damages specifically. Louis’ research interests lie in the economic analysis of private law, with a focus on tort law and the law of damages. Louis is the coordinator of the ‘mr.drs.-programma voor economie en rechten’, a six-year study programme at the Erasmus School of Economics and the Erasmus School of Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with which talented and motivated students can graduate in both Economics and Law (master’s level). Furthermore, Louis is vice-director of the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE).

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