Prof. Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko

Prof. Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko has an interdisciplinary background, having obtained degrees in law, psychology and law and economics. Her research focuses on empirical legal studies where she employs empirical methods to investigate questions of law in different areas such as constitutional law, copyright law, administrative law, and international criminal law. She is also an international expert on day fines, with a particular focus on European national criminal justice systems. Finally, she is also conducting research in the field of International Criminal Law. Due to the novelty and societal relevance of her research, Elena has obtained different grants to execute her studies. She has been publishing in leading international journals and with renowned publishing houses. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko is a member of the ESL’s Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC) as well as the academic coordinator of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics. In addition, Elena has recently established and co-directing the Erasmus Centre of Empirical Legal Studies (ECELS), which is focused on promoting the application of empirical methods, including computational methods, in legal research and education in The Netherlands. Before starting her academic career, Elena worked as a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Israel.

    Prof. Dr. Louis Visscher, LL.M.

    Louis Visscher is Professor of Legal Economic Analysis of Tort & Damages at 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 lectures on tort law in the course Economic Analysis of Private Law 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 ‘Dubbelstudie Economie en Recht’, 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) and director of the EMLE programme.

      Dr. Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe

      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.

        Prof. Dr. Niels Philipsen

        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 Associate Professor in Law and Economics at the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research (METRO), where he is also Vice-Director (0.8 FTE). In July 2016 he was appointed extraordinary Professor of Shifts in Private and Public Regulation at the Erasmus School of Law (0.2 FTE); 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 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).  Philipsen wrote several books and articles.

          Prof. Dr. Sharon Oded

          Sharon is a corporate compliance and enforcement professor at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Rotterdam. He was formerly a research fellow at the Center for Law, Business and the Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. Sharon is also the Chairman of the Compliance Chamber, Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC), a member of the Advisory Committee to the OECD on Non-Trial Resolutions of Foreign Corruption Cases, and a steering committee member of the Cambridge Forum: The Global Compliance Officers’ Forum. 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.

          Additionally, Sharon is a regulatory, compliance and investigations partner at the Global Law Firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses on helping multinational corporations and financial institutions to mitigate their regulatory compliance risks and to respond to corporate incidents and crises. He advises corporations, board members and senior executives on cross-border investigations, criminal defence, regulatory compliance and related civil litigation.

            Prof. Dr. Jonathan Klick

            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.

            Jonathan Klick’s work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools.



              Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine

              Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. He has ample experience in teaching European economic policy at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level. His research areas are European economic policy, law and economics, and management. In recent years he specialized in the legal embedding of digitalization. In this domain he also does policy consulting. His research is recognised by an international audience through presentations at numerous international conferences and publishing in leading journals in the respective fields. Klaus Heine was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law in June 2012. In 2019 he became the director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance. The Centre is a joint initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Bar-Ilan University and the University of Leeds. The Centre seeks for new institutional solutions for the disruptive challenges from digitalization.

                Prof. Dr. Pieter T.M. Desmet

                Since 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. Pieter is currently Professor of Behavioural Law and Economics and is specialized in quantitative empirical legal studies and behavioural economics. He 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.

                  Prof.em. Dr. Roger Van den Bergh

                  Roger Van den Bergh is Emeritus 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 until 2009 Roger was 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.

                      Prof. Dr. Franziska Weber, LL.M.

                      Franziska Weber is Professor of Law and Economics at Erasmus School of Law. Her main fields of interest concern the law and economics of consumer and competition law, same as the challenges of digitalisation. She successfully defended her EDLE PhD thesis regarding the optimal mix of public and private law enforcement in consumer law in 2012 and was junior professor of Civil Law and Law & Economics at University of Hamburg from 2013-2020. Her work has a strong focus on comparative law (particularly on German, Spanish and Dutch law) and behavioural law and economics.

                        Prof. Dr. Patrick C. Leyens

                        Patrick C. Leyens joined the Rotterdam Institute of Law & Economics  in 2014 as a Professor (honorary) at the Chair of Empirical Legal Studies. In his main office, he is Professor of Civil Law, Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Bremen. He was a senior research fellow at the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private and International Private Law. He served as junior professor of civil law and law & economics at the Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg. Patrick was involved in building-up the EDLE program and he directed the participation of the University of Hamburg in the EDLE from 2009 to 2012. His main fields of interest concern the law and economics of corporate, commercial and capital market law, especially corporate governance.

                          Prof. Dr. Michael G. Faure

                          Michael G. Faure is Professor of Comparative Private Law & Economics. Michael studied law at the University of Antwerp (1982) and criminology at the University of Gent (1983). He obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago Law School (1984). He pursued his doctoral research at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau and received a doctor iuris. First Michael worked as a lecturer later as a senior lecturer at the department of criminal law at the Law Faculty of Leiden University (1988-1999).

                          In September 1991 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. Since February 2005 he also holds a position as professor of comparative private law at Erasmus School of Law and is the co-director of the research programme Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort. Moreover, Michael is academic director of the Ius Commune Research School and since 1982 he has been an attorney at the Antwerp Bar.

                          Michael Faure teaches Environmental Law & Economics and European Law & Economics. His publications mainly focus on the areas of environmental (criminal) law, tort and insurance as well as economic analysis of (accident) law.