Tilburg Law School

Tilburg Law School offers highly-ranked national and international education and research in law and public administration.

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Tilburg Law School aims to understand and improve the role of law in tackling societal problems now and in the future. Its research covers highly topical themes from a multidisciplinary perspective including sustainability, inclusiveness and self-reliance, and social innovation.

The scale and complexity of these and other societal challenges require broad research partnerships that include academic institutions, business, on-profit-organizations, public authorities and other knowledgeable stakeholders. We welcome such partners located within and outside the academic community to team up with us, and make a real difference.

Environmental sustainability, secure societies and the use of emergent technology in healthcare are three domains in which Tilburg Law School is currently building networks and seeking funding under the European Union’s funding programs. We welcome proposals to cooperate in seeking funding and performing research in these areas.

Environmental sustainability

Much of our work focuses on improving legal tools to reduce the risks of climate change, which is one of the EU’s leading priorities. Tilburg Law School possess expertise in the international, European, and national law of climate change. This particularly includes evaluating and developing policy instruments to reduce climate risks through mechanisms other than mere binding national commitments to carbon dioxide emission abatement. For example, nonbinding international, management practices, new agricultural practices and the need to respond to climate-induced migration. In each of these cases, legal barriers may hinder the adoption of climate smart policies, and novel policy instruments may be needed in order to minimize climate change and its risks to people and ecosystems in Europe and beyond.   

Tilburg Law School is interested in a wide range of environmental issues. We have experts in wilderness protection, the polar regions, large carnivores, new technologies (including genetically modified organisms), risk and precaution, intentional environmental modification, transnational private regulation, smart regulation, oil spills, and international liability.  In these areas, Tilburg Law School cooperates closely with the Tilburg Sustainability Center, which houses researchers from the Schools of Economics and Management, Law, Social and Behavorial Sciences; TiasNimbas Business School; and the regional sustainable development institute Telos. We are thus able to draw upon the full range of Tilburg University’s academic staff.

For more information, please contact Jesse Reynolds.

Secure societies

Tilburg Law School’s faculty members, departments and specialized institutes present wide expertise in different areas related to security, among others: law and new technologies, fundamental rights protections (particularly privacy and data protection), citizenship and governance, crime and terrorism prevention, victimology, democracy and the rule of law, regulation, public policy implementation and public administration.

Tilburg Law School research is characterized by the special consideration of the societal component of these themes. In addition, it provides valuable contributions in addressing the ethical and societal dimensions related to security concerns, understanding complex societal connections, providing innovative approaches to security research in views of concrete social impacts, analyzing the institutional implementation of ideas and policies whilst enhancing multilevel cooperation and coordination.

For more information, please contact Mariana Zuleta Ferrari.

Emergent technologies in healthcare

Much of our work focuses on the implementation and use of emergent technologies, especially information and communication technologies (ICTs), in the healthcare sector and/or for health-related purposes.

Rapid development of ICTs has led to a multitude of both opportunities for and threats to existing health systems. These technologies, which generally develop outside of the healthcare sector and slowly permeate in (often as a result of “commercial push”), contribute to a dynamic environment with many unknown (and, at the moment, unforeseeable) outcomes. For this reason, Tilburg Law School, especially the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society (TILT), has placed the interaction between these technologies and various socio-political actors high on its research agenda. Much of TILT's research focuses on how to use the law and ethical provisions to create a framework for practice, in order to increase patient, professional and policy-maker trust in electronic/digital and mobile technologies (collectively known as eHealth and mHealth technologies).

Tilburg Law School possesses expertise in the relevant international, European, and national laws that govern eHealth and mHealth technologies. Additionally, many of TILT's senior researchers come from academic backgrounds other than law, including ethics, philosophy, health services research, health technology assessment, political science and medical sociology. They have varying degrees of expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research and an established track record in applying various methodological approaches to health-related ICT research. Moreover, our staff members are currently experimenting with novel (combinations of) methodologies specific to emergent technologies, leading to dynamic knowledge development and technological assessment. Because our researchers are also schooled in action research, we are able to directly translate our results into useful tools for daily health practice.

In conducting research on the use of emergent technologies in healthcare, Tilburg Law School cooperates closely with partners both within and outside Tilburg University. TILT co-coordinates a lateral research group that brings together researchers from several university departments, including Tranzo (Scientific Center for Care and Welfare), the Economics Department and the Department of Social Sciences. The collaborative nature of this group enables trans-disciplinary, multi-method research that provides a more holistic view of the implementation and use of various types of technologies in healthcare. External partners include care institutions, government organizations, patient representatives, professional associations, insurance companies and technology developers.

For more information, please contact Samantha Adams.