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Prof. Dr. Delimatsis is the Chair of EU and International Economic Law at Tilburg University. Since 2011, he has 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.  He leads the research cluster 'Institutions' within the TILEC Research Programme 2018-2023 and TILEC's work on standardization, competition and innovation. In December 2016, he was awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant of €2 million by the European Research Council (ERC). With his 5-member team, Prof. Delimatsis seeks to identify the determinants and traits of resilience and transformative capacity of non-State bodies in the areas of finance and manufacturing. Read more about his 5-year project here. In recognition of his interdisciplinary expertise, Prof. Delimatsis was appointed twice as a Panel Member of the ERC Advanced Grants Evaluation Panel (SH1).


Prof. Delimatsis has twenty years of experience in international economic and EU law. His most influential work is in the areas of EU market regulation and governance, international trade (notably trade in services liberalization) and WTO law ; transnational private regulation; and technical barriers to trade, notably standard-setting. He has had important speaking engagements, including as a keynote speaker or expert in parliamentary hearings, on those issues all around the world. His current research interests include the institutional &substantive aspects of standardization, financial regulation and sustainability. His work appeared in top refereed international and European journals. His most recent research papers are available on SSRN and on ResearchGate and announced on Twitter (@panosdelimatsis). He currently supervises various PhD projects in the areas of financial and technical standardization; on trade and investment law; and on EU internal market and external relations.


His teaching focuses on global trade and investment law as well as the internal and external dimension of EU trade law . Prof Delimatsis uses comparative law methods in his teaching and takes a case-law based approach in his lectures and seminars to instigate discussion and interaction among students. In other instances, he uses ficticious cases to see the limits of existing case-law. He is particularly interested in deciphering the normative force of soft law and the rules of private ordering regimes inspired by the Law and Economics literature. He holds the Senior University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) and has successfully introduced visual content in his lectures as much as feasible. Prof. Delimatsis has coached student teams from Tilburg University to participate in global moot court competitions such as the ELSA WTO Law Moot Court Competition and organized internal moot courts at the bachelor level.



Beyond his academic work, he has advised on international economic law, WTO law and EU law and the regulation of the service sector to a number of countries, NGOs, international organizations, and the private sector. Some of his recent work has focused on domestic regulation reforms in Africa and Asia; 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. Prof. Delimatsis has held visiting appointments in several universities and is invited in prestigious conferences on a regular basis. He is a member of the American and European Societies of International Law (ASIL and ESIL, respectively) and the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) as well as the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA).


Prof. Delimatsis' work has been cited extensively in the relevant academic literature and by international organizations such as the WTO.  He is the author of 'International Trade in Services and Domestic Regulations - Necessity, Transparency, and Regulatory Diversity' (International Economic Law Series, Oxford University Press, 2007). He 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, he 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). Currently, he works on an Encyclopaedia on Trade and Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2021)

He has also served as expert for various national science foundations in evaluating research projects and education programs at the bachelor and masters level.

Recent publications

  1. Coherence and divergence in agreements on trade in services - A drama…

    Delimatsis, P. (2020). Coherence and divergence in agreements on trade in services: A drama in three acts. In R. T. Hoffmann, & M. Krajewski (Eds.), Coherence and divergence in services trade law (pp. 9-35). (European Yearbook of International Economic Law; Vol. 2020). Springer.
  2. Godot is finally coming? - The great convergence of services markets …

    Delimatsis, P. (2020). Godot is finally coming? The great convergence of services markets within the EU. In J. Chaisse (Ed.), Sixty years of European integration and global power shifts : Perceptions, interactions and lessons (pp. 127-159). (Modern Studies in European Law). Hart Publishing.
  3. 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. https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/business-law-blog/blog/2019/02/service-market-liberalization-eu-sacchi-uber
  4. Exit, voice and loyalty - Strategic behavior in standards development…

    Delimatsis, P., Kanevskaia, O., & Verghese, Z. G. (2019). Exit, voice and loyalty: Strategic behavior in standards development organizations. (TILEC Discussion Paper Series; Vol. 2019, No. 022). Tilburg University.
  5. International trade law and technical standardization

    Delimatsis, P. (2019). International trade law and technical standardization. In J. Contreras (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law: Further Intersections of Public and Private Law (pp. 7-27). Cambridge University Press.

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