TILEC was created in 2003 as a joint research center of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) and Tilburg Law School (TLS) (the two parent schools). What started as an informal gathering of curious legal scholars and economists interested in the role of competition and the functioning of markets has evolved into an internationally renowned research center in the field of economic governance
TILEC's Research Topic – The governance of economic activity in the digital age
Exogenous factors oblige TILEC researchers to think anew. Technological advances (e.g., artificial intelligence, automation, digitization, or the increased significance of the collaborative economy) create fertile ground for new approaches and ideas in terms of governance and regulation.
Innovations in information and communication technology (ICT) are having an enormous impact on the creation and diffusion of information; connectivity; societal interaction; institutional structures; production methods, manufacturing and services supply; or competition among undertakings
Method - Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinarity is a key distinctive feature of TILEC, widely recognized and valued inside and outside Tilburg University. It provides value-added through its effects on the research questions which are asked; the greater depth and breadth of analysis; the improved presentation of research findings; and the greater involvement in policy-relevant research.
Our Research Themes
For the period 2018-2023, we intend to focus our research efforts on the following themes which are at the core of the governance of economic activity and fully exploit the expertise acquired within TILEC since its creation.
We are confident that the three research themes chosen are sufficiently broad and comprehensive to cater for interesting and relevant future academic or policy developments in the short run, although some fine-tuning of our research direction may be needed in the medium run to also accommodate the diverse research interests of TILEC researchers and to incorporate developments in research and policy worldwide. Such fine-tuning may also be necessary as we continue intensifying our collaboration with equally extrovert research institutes at TiU such as the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT). TILEC welcomes cooperation on specific projects with TILT and other institutes within and outside TiU, as has happened in the past, and will continue to explore possible synergies in the near future.
For each theme, two TILEC members, one from law, the other from economics, will take the lead in animating the group.
TILEC will continue studying formal and informal institutions that underlie and govern the production and exchange of goods or services and contribute to other public policy objectives with a view to strengthening resilience and adaptability.
TILEC researchers investigate the design and application of competition policy, paying special attention to the way in which economics can be integrated into the competition policy framework, while retaining the prime features of a sound legal system.
Within this research cluster, TILEC researchers investigate the phenomenon of innovation, broadly construed as the creation and diffusion of new knowledge.
The research projects within this theme focus on the legal and economic aspects of standardization and certification in a broad array of sectors and areas, including ICT, financial services, technical standardization, global trade, data protection, cyber security, financial services, energy, product safety, innovation, sustainability, environment and corporate social responsibility.
Our Projects, Networks, and Partners
The ‘Resilience and Evolution of Economic Activism and the Role of Law’ (REVEAL) research project investigates the origins and causes of the dominance of private rule-making bodies, focusing on their mutability and resilience.
TILEC NZa Research Group
The NZa (Dutch Healthcare Authority) and TILEC have engaged in a far-reaching cooperation. Part of this cooperation is that TILEC has committed itself to a number of activities in the mutual interest of TILEC and NZa, while the NZa has provided funding for those activities.
TILEC Energy Research
The objective of this web page is to bundle the energy research output of TILEC, and to communicate our research interests to students and to people outside university.
More TILEC Research
Overview of all our publications, Policy papers, and Discussion papers.
Mission Statement TILEC
TILEC’s vision is to continue being a global leader in the research on economic governance at the frontier between law and economics, known for its interdisciplinary method, path-breaking research output, societal relevance, and impact.
A short history of TILEC and its past accomplishments
TILEC was created in 2003 and its first positive evaluation occurred already in 2005.1 The parent schools then concluded a Second Agreement regarding TILEC covering the period 2007-2011.