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New concepts for better multi-level regulation in Europe

Contact University of Deusto for this project

María Pilar Canedo
Professor of International Law
University of Deusto
Faculty of Law
48007 - Bilbao - Spain
Phone: +34 944 139144
Fax: +34 944 139099

Contact Tilburg University for this project

Rob van Gestel
Professor of Theory and Methodology of Legislation
Dept. of Constitutional and Administrative Law
Scientific Co-Director of the Research Group for Methodology of Law and Legal Research
Tilburg University
Phone: +31 13 466 8027
Fax: +31 13 466 8347

University of Deusto
The project could be linked with the work developed by the research team on Transnational Law at Deusto University, since a number of objectives are related. This research group is officially recognized and financed by the Gov. and is composed of 16 members.

This line is trying to develop three different approaches based on the analysis of the last challenges of the European Union in the field of Private International Law. Specially this team develops the line of European Competition Law, the line of Judicial Cooperation and conflict of Law within the European Union and the implication of Fundamental Rights in relation specially with European Trade law and conflict solving among corporations.

Trans-Law is an academic and research group integrated by academics and scholars of the University of Deusto and of other European and American Universities, as well as other legal professionals. Their members research and teach at graduate and postgraduates programmes, giving to their work a special Transnational approach.

Trans-Law fields of research, teaching and legal advising are Private International Law, Transnational Trade, European Law , Comparative and Constitutional Law. During Autumn and Spring Semesters, Trans-Law organises a series of conferences and other academic activities for under- and postgraduates attending the Faculty of Law.

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Tilburg University
Improving and reinventing regulation of various kinds of markets (financial markets, services, labour market, consumer market), societal issues (environment, health care, social security etcetera) and technological innovations by developing more adequate concepts of regulation which foster fact-based, effective, and efficient regulation in a multi-level arena. This arena comprises national and European law, state law and private rulemaking (self-regulation and co-regulation), and the choice for ¿smart¿ regulatory instruments, which are often a mixture of legal, social, economic and technological incentives.

Relevance to the future of European societies
There is a growing need to objectify and underpin regulatory activity with quality criteria, based on academic (empirical) research. It is of the utmost importance to pay more attention to fact finding, impact assessments, regulatory experiments and, morein general, ¿evidence-based lawmaking¿ by developing new theories and methods in a time in which co-actorship of lawmaking between EU-institutions and member states and public-private rulemaking is steadily increasing.

Better regulation initiatives should move beyond a narrow focus on deregulation, cutting red tape and compliance costs, towards a more balanced weighing of costs and benefits, social and economic effects and expert views versus interest group influence.

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