Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

Vidi project 'Judges in Utopia'

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

The research project ‘Judges in Utopia. Judicial law-making in European private law’ concerns the interaction among national and European judiciaries in the deliberation of value choices in private-legal disputes. All EU countries place limits on private actors’ freedom in light of the public interest. How should judges define these limits in the interplay of rules deriving from national systems and from EU law, which reflect different underlying values? In this research project, a (partial) normative theory of judicial law-making in the field of European private law will be developed to give guidance for the handling of these types of cases.

The research project is coordinated by Chantal Mak (CSECL) and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO Vidi scheme). The five-year project started in November 2014.


The blog Judges in Utopia is the perfect way to stay up to date on the research project, and on news and developments in the field of judicial law-making in European private law in general. Our aim is to post regularly about relevant case law, news, events and the progress of the research.

Published by  CSECL

11 July 2016