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My name is Panos Delimatsis and I am Professor of EU and International Trade Law at Tilburg University. Since 2011, I have been the Director of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence of some 40 researchers, the biggest of its kind in Europe, studying the governance of economic activity. I lead the research cluster 'Institutions' within the TILEC Research Programme 2018-2023 and TILEC's work on standardization, competition and innovation.  My most influential work has been in the area of international trade, with a specific focus on the liberalization of trade in services. I have also been active in the areas of self-regulation and transnational standard-setting. In December 2016, I was awarded a Consolidator Grant of €2 million by the European Research Council (ERC). With my team, we seek to identify the determinants and traits of resilience and transformative capacity of non-State bodies in the areas of finance and manufacturing.


I have over fifteen years of experience in international economic and EU law. I am a renowned scholar in the regulation of trade in services and global trade issues as well as the role of the EU in the world and have had important speaking engagements, including as a keynote speaker or expert in parliamentary hearings, on those issues all around the world. My current research interests include the institutional and substantive aspects of standardization, financial regulation and energy. My work has appeared in top refereed international and European journals. My most recent research papers are available on SSRN and on  ResearchGate and announced on Twitter (@panosdelimatsis). I currently supervise various PhD projects in the areas of financial and technical standardization; on trade and investment law; and on EU internal market and external relations law.


My teaching focuses on EU trade law (as reflected in the functioning of the EU internal market) and the role of the EU as a leading global actor. Global trade law complements my main teaching tasks. I use comparative law methods in my teaching and take a case-law-based approach during my lectures and seminars. I am particularly interested in deciphering the normative force of soft law and the rules of private ordering regimes inspired by the law and economics literature. I hold the Senior University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) and try to introduce visual content to my lectures as much as feasible.



Beyond my academic work, I have advised on international economic law, WTO law and EU law to a number of countries, NGOs, international organizations, and the private sector. Recent work of mine has focused on domestic regulation reforms in developing countries, notably in Africa; managed trade liberalization and the effects on development; the repercussions of Brexit on certain services sectors and the EU policy in similar matters; as well as the pros and cons of existing preferential trade models in the areas of services and technical barriers to trade.


I have held visiting appointments in several universities. I am the author of 'International Trade in Services and Domestic Regulations - Necessity, Transparency, and Regulatory Diversity' (International Economic Law Series, Oxford University Press, 2007). I also co-edited two collective volumes, the first on 'The Prospects of International Trade Regulation' (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the second on 'Financial Services at the Crossroads - Implications for Supervision, Institutional Design and Trade' (Kluwer Law International, 2011). Recently, I edited 'The Law, Economics and Politics of International Standardization' (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and a Research Handbook on Climate Change and Trade (Edward Elgar, 2016). My work has been cited extensively in the relevant academic literature and by international organizations such as the WTO.

I have also served as expert for various national science foundations in evaluating research projects. In 2018-19, I was a Member of the 12-member European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants Evaluation Panel (SH1: Individuals, Markets and Organizations).

Recent publications

  1. At the service of market integration in the EU: From Sacchi to Uber

    Delimatsis, P. (Author). (2019). At the service of market integration in the EU: From Sacchi to Uber. Web publication/site, Oxford Business Law Blog. Retrieved from
  2. From Sacchi to Uber

    Delimatsis, P. (2019). From Sacchi to Uber: 60 years of services liberalization, ten years of the services directive in the EU. Yearbook of European Law, 37, 188-250.
  3. Subsidies and Investment Promotion Reaching New Heights in the Aviati…

    Delimatsis, P. (2019). Subsidies and Investment Promotion Reaching New Heights in the Aviation Sector: The US - Tax Incentives Dispute. World Trade Review, 18(2), 327-351.
  4. When Disruptive Meets Streamline: International Standardization in Bl…

    Delimatsis, P. (2019). When Disruptive Meets Streamline: International Standardization in Blockchain. In O. Hari, D. Kraus, & T. Obrist (Eds.), Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law: Perspectives of a Distributed Future Edward Elgar.
  5. Global standard-setting 2.0

    Delimatsis, P. (2018). Global standard-setting 2.0: How the WTO spotlights ISO and impacts the transnational standard-setting process. Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 28, 273-326.

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