Research Private, Business & Labour Law
In the triangle of Private, Business and Labour Law our department conducts innovative and original research within our Signature Plan Connecting Organizations, connecting the key areas of expertise of our department, combined with Fiscal Law.
Team up with our research activities
In the Signature Plan Connecting Organizations we we investigate how new models and strategies of organizing business and economic activities (e.g. platforms, networks, blockchains) are regulated by the law and whether that regulation needs rethinking in the light of modern society, in which sustainability, technology and servitization become ever more dominant drivers of change.
Existing legal frameworks, including rules stemming from contract law, company law, insolvency law, labour law, (intellectual) property law, tax law, and/or tort law, may not sit well with these developments. Accordingly, they can impede innovation.
However, the legitimate interests that these legal frameworks safeguard (e.g. social rights for consumers and workers) may require updating or new interpretation of the underpinning rules in order to ensure continued protection.
Our department is successful in securing research funding from, inter alia, personal funding from NWO, and funding from Horizon 2020. Our researchers have furthermore written research reports for, among others, the WODC and various ministries. Our researchers are active in national and international research. While our primary focus is on legal research, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research.
We stimulate collaboration in research and create added value for society by bringing the right people together to work on challenging and meaningful problems and by developing innovative solutions.
Our Signature Plan
Our Research Projects
Limits to atypical work
Gain insight in the social security position of atypical workers, more specifically in the social protection of platform workers and self-employed workers without personnel.
Labor Migration Database
Up-to-date knowledge in the field of internationalization of the labor market in Europe. Find scientific publications (provided with an abstract) and search for similar publications via keywords.
Platformization, algorithmization, and social protection
This topical book (in Dutch) on legal implications of online work platforms and algorithms for the social protection of workers is now freely available online, thanks to the generous support of Instituut Gak!
Regulating shareholders to stimulate sustainable corporate behavior
Large corporations need stimuli to use their major potential for ensuring sustainability. This research project aims to investigate whether and how shareholder actions can really impact corporate sustainability in the Netherlands.
Irmgard Borghouts and Charissa Freese jointly appointed to chair HRM and Social Security
Dr. Charissa Freese and Dr. Irmgard Borghouts-van de Pas will be jointly appointed to the new endowed chair 'HRM and Social Security' as of February 1, 2021. They will each work from their own disciplines and in close collaboration to give substance to the chair established by Instituut Gak.The double chair will be established at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavorial Sciences (TSB) and Tilburg Law School (TLS).
Five promising researchers awarded a NWO Veni grant worth 250,000 euros
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to five highly promising young scientists of Tilburg University.
Partners Department of Private, Business & Labour Law
Our staff work closely together with both national and international partners.