Research Tilburg Law School

Innovative research Law

The research mission of Tilburg Law School is to understand and improve the role of law in tackling societal problems now and in the future, particularly those connected with globalization and rapid economic, social, cultural and technological change. We engage in ground-breaking research which pushes forward the horizons or juridical disciplines and national justice systems. In this way we hope to lay bare the fundamental principles of the law. Some examples of innovative research at Tilburg Law School:

Anne Meuwese: Alternative checks on government

Professor of European and Public Law Anne Meuwese did research with a Veni grant of NWO into the role of alternative mechanisms to control governments. She made an inventory of the practices of peer review, obligations of transparency, naming & shaming and codes of conduct in relation to government behavior.

Jesse Reynolds: Climate Engineering

Jesse Reynolds proposes to consider experiments with climate engineering. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases may be "too little too late" to keep global warming under the critical 2 degrees. According to Reynolds, climate engineering could reduce the risks of climate change.

Wolves, bears and lynx are making a comeback in Europe. Good news for nature, but also reason for more conflict between man and nature. Arie Trouwborst investigates how environmental preservation law can steer the carnivore comeback in the right direction.

Arie Trouwborst: Carnivore comeback

Eleni Kosta: Privacy online in the era of mass surveillance

Recent publications on surveillance programs demonstrate that citizen data are being secretly collected by the state via private companies, at a massive scale. This mass citizen surveillance seriously undermines individuals’ informational self-determination and effective legal protection. Building on the theories of informational self-determination and constitutionalization of data protection, Eleni Kosta is identifying the required systemic revisions in the European data protection framework, in particular in the system of checks and balances to compensate for the loss of citizen control over state access to citizen data via private companies

Jannemieke Ouwerkerk: Criminalization criteria in EU Law

The European Union can require member states to criminalize certain behavior. Jannemieke Ouwerkerk investigates under which conditions the EU can decide to take criminalization measures. She will also develop a tool to systematically apply these criteria in EU legislation.

Antony Pemberton: Victim stories

Victims of crime cope with their experiences partly by telling stories. Antony Pemberton gathers insights into victims’ experience with the legal system by means of their stories.

Rianne Letschert: Right to reparation

One of the principles of the right to a remedy and reparation is that it contributes to a sense of justice on the part of victims and to the reconstruction of societies that have experienced international crimes or serious human rights violations. Rianne Letschert investigates whether and, if so, how international legal procedures contribute to this.