Legal Development - Comparative Law - European Law
The department is a consortium of three major research inputs: 1. The interaction of Law and Technology, with the emphasis upon law and information systems. Projects cover the areas of privacy protection. Internet and liability, electronic surveillance techniques and security law on information systems. The Schengen and Europol data protection aspects are also studied. 2. The confrontation between law, sciences and social development. One project aims at the further theoretical investigation of the relationship between law and sciences. What can be the effect of technical and scientific developments and truth-claims upon the law at the age of scientific uncertainty and in the light of the findings of the new epistemology and sociology of sciences. Equally under investigation is the role of the law in managing social diversity (a diversity of values, views, cultures, ethical/religious convictions, interests, ...) in contemporary societies. It will try to describe the occurring tensions and conflicts against the background of Occidental legal and political thinking concerning human rights (more specifically rights of collectivities and woman rights). Finally, this sub-group studies legal and institutional remedies for sustainable mobility in urban and suburban environments. 3. The European law group is involved in general research on the following topics: the state aid policy of the European Community; judicial protection and judicial enforcement in the European Union; and the acquis communautaire. One research project concerns the relations between the EU and the Middle- East. Another research project involves the differentiation in the legal order of the EU.