As of January 2018 Betül Kas joins CSECL as a post-doctoral researcher, within Prof. Chantal Mak’s Vidi project ‘Judges in Utopia. Judicial law-making in European private law’
Betül Kas holds a Ph.D. degree from the European University Institute in Florence. Her research was embedded within the ERC-funded project entitled ‘European Regulatory Private Law (ERPL): the Transformation of European Private Law from Autonomy to Functionalism in Competition and Regulation’, which was supervised by Prof. Hans-W. Micklitz. In her doctoral research, she employed a socio-legal methodology to investigate the nature of collective remedies in the area of environmental, anti-discrimination and consumer law, which have been shaped by the interaction between national courts and the CJEU within the framework of the preliminary reference procedure. As part of her doctoral research Betül worked for six-month as an intern at the CJEU and spent research visits at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford) and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg).
Betül holds an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute, an LL.M. in Globalisation and Law and an LL.B. in European and Comparative Law from Maastricht University. Moreover, she is Associate Editor of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.
During her post-doctoral research within Prof. Chantal Mak’s Vidi project ‘Judges in Utopia. Judicial law-making in European private law’, Betül will build on her experience in conducting socio-legal research in order to investigate how judges in private legal disputes handle different conceptions of social justice in setting the boundaries to private autonomy in the multi-level European legal order.