Prof. Martijn W. Hesselink is Director of CSECL. He is assisted by Deputy Director Dr Marija Bartl.
The CSECL is made up of talented researchers from the UvA private law department. CSECL researchers enjoy additional research time, opportunities for tenure track positions and the autonomy to creatively develop their own research agendas. As long as they meet publication requirements, CSECL researchers may develop their own projects and papers, organise conference, edit volumes and work with institutions.
CSECL PhD Candidates spend time at a foreign university, often Harvard, Columbia, NYU or the MPI in Hamburg and are encouraged to develop research profiles distinct from their supervisors / research leaders.
The CSECL supports both the research of its staff and PhD candidates through bi-weekly internal seminars and participation in the Ius Commune research school.
Legitimacy in postnational constellations; the ‘market-re-embedding’ role of private law in the postnational setting, and its link to the democracy in private law debate; the constitutional aspects of (European) private law
Democratic legitimacy of judicial resistance by national constitutional courts to European integration
Democratic legitimacy of judge-made law on remedies in European private law
Developing practical guidelines for realising effective judicial protection of private parties’ rights in the interplay of EU law and national private law
The European private law democratic dimensions of the emerging digital platform economy
European contract law, the constitutionalisation of this field of law and the role of the judiciary in the harmonisation process
General theory and methodology of comparative law, international family law
Theoretical questions concerning the relationship between theories of justice and contract (private) law and questions concerning private autonomy and postnational lawmaking