CSECL members participate in a variety of international research groups and collaborations. These include:
- The Common Core of European private Law (Trento Project)
Research methods may differ significantly among European Union members. This project seeks to establish common rules with respect to certain fields of private law.
- European Law Institute
Founded in 2011, the European Law Institute conducts and facilitates research and makes recommendations on practical ways to improve the quality of European law. Several CSECL members belong to the Institute.
- The Study Group on Social Justice in European Private Law
This group conducts research on social justice and regulatory legitimacy in European Contract law. Participating researchers come from the CSECL, the Paris I, the London School of Economics, the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Helsinki, ZERP in Bremen, the Karl-Franzens-Universitӓt Graz and the University of Catania.
- The network on Private Law Theory
The Private Law Theory (PLT) network is dedicated to cross-cultural brainstorming on theoretical foundations and future developments in private law. Embracing a variety of theoretical theories and fields of law, the PLT seeks to develop a vision of what private law could mean in the 21st century.
- The Ius Commune Research School
The Ius Commune Research School is a cooperation between the law schools of the Maastricht University, the Catholic University of Leuven, Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Individual researchers also participate from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, the University of Edinburg in Scotland, the Free University in Amsterdam, Tilburg University and Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
In addition to the above collaborations, CSECL is a partner of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Foundations of European Law and Polity Research. Individual CSECL researchers also cooperate on a regular basis with scholars from leading European and American universities like Harvard, EUI, LSE, Oxford and Sciences Po.
The CSECL is part of the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area (RPA) in ‘Private and Public European Law, through which it works with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)and the Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (ACTL).
RPA funding has led to a project entitled ‘The Architecture of Post-National Rulemaking: Views from Public International Law, European Public Law and European Private Law’. Deirdre Curtin (ACELG), Martijn Hesselink (CSECL) and André Nollkaemper (Public International Law) direct this project.
The CSECL also frequently works with the Amsterdam Centre for Law and Economics (ACLE) to organise joint research projects and seminars.