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mr.dr. P.W.J. Verbruggen

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Department of Private Law


As a researcher within the Veniproject The Constitutionalization of private regulation, I am focused on the liability of private agencies for their regulatory activities, such as monitoring, sanctioning and setting norms. To give a concrete example: a French manufacturer of breast implants was found to have lied about the composition of its product. The implants started to leak and tear, with awful medical consequences for women all over the world. There was just one problem: the manufacturer had already gone bankrupt. Who is liable in such a case, the regulator? Can you hold a party liable that isn't directly responsible? What are the reasonable limits of liability law in and outside Europe? The cross-border aspect is facinating: in different countries judges may apply different policy considerations after all.


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Last amended: 04 May 2017