IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Law, governance & technology

General

General

Within the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) the chair of Law, Governance & Technology comes with a focus on the legal design of ‘smart rules & regimes’
Smart rules & regimes are about legal governance balancing the opportunities and risks of technological innovation, by means of novel types of laws and regulations or of (networks of) organizations. Generally, these reflect the shift from government to governance and appear as ‘mixtures’ of public and private legal arrangements. The chair is particularly interested in the legal design of such laws, regulations and organizations, both in respect of their making and of their evaluation.
A special focus of this research is on legal governance of sustainable energy, especially on the subjects of smart grids, hybrid organizations (e.g. PPP) and green certificates.
The chair takes a broad interest in smart rules & regimes in risk-regulation (esp. in safety, environmental & health law) and in service regulation (esp. in ICT and telecommunication). If and when possible the chair engages in multidisciplinary projects, combining (some of) the above, such as around ‘living labs’ and smart (urban or rural) communities.
As a matter of disciplinary foundations the chair is in engaged in studies on the basic concepts and (design)methodologies of Public Governance Law and Business Law & Technology.

Some examples of current legal governance projects are:

  • Smart regimes involving possibilities of experimentation (i.e. regulatory holiday-regimes; legal governance design for ‘living labs’) in energy and ICT and/or with relevance to environment, safety, or health.
  • Smart regimes for green certificates in Energy and Environmental Law
  • Smart (networks of) hybrid organizations, especially PPP or other Hybrid organizations of networks in the field of sustainable energy projects and (drinking)water management.
  • Privacy Law and Smart Energy and ICT regimes
  • Connecting (Ostrom’s) Institutional Analysis Development Framework to Institutional Legal Theory, as in the context of Smart Grids

                                                                              Last updated: 24 August 2015

Staff

Prof.dr. Michiel A. Heldeweg LLM (Full professor of Law, Governance & Technology)


Research interests

  • Public governance law
  • Sustainable energy law
  • Legal design methods
 
Selected publications

Dr. Lesley C.P. Broos LLM (Assistant-professor of Business Law & Technology)


Research interests
  • ICT & Law
  • Telecommunication regulation
  • High Tech Business Contracting
Selected publications

Dr. Marc Harmsen LLM (Assistant-professor Constitutional & Administrative Law)


Research interests
  • Public governance law, especially organizational aspects
  • Energy law
  • Public Safety Law
 
Selected publications

Dr. Maurits Ph.Th Sanders (researcher; senior lecturer in public administration at the Saxion University for Applied Science; and Executive Director of the Netherlands Institute of Government)


Research interests

  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Climate and energy governance
  • Sustainable mobility

Selected publications

  • Sanders, M.Ph.Th., M.A. Heldeweg, E.G.P. Straatman & J.F.D.B. Wempe (2014), Energy policy by beauty contests: the legitimacy of interactive sustainability policies at regional levels of the regulatory state, in: Energy Sustainability and Society, 4:4, 1-13.
  • Sanders, M.Ph.Th. (2013), Publiek-Private Samenwerking in de Nederlandse energiesector. Vorm en legitimiteit (Dissertation)Den Haag: Boom Lemma.
  • Heldeweg, M.A. & M.Ph.Th. Sanders (2013), Good Legal Governance in Authoritative Public-Private Partnerships. Conceptualising Legitimate Partnerships with Public Authority, in: European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, (2), 175-185.
  • Sanders, M.Ph.Th. (2011), Regulating public-private modalities of legitimate innovation: an ex ante analysis framework, in: Heldeweg, M.A. & E. Kica (eds.), Regulating technological innovations. An interdisciplinary approach. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, 152-168.
  • Sanders, M.Ph.Th. (2010), Collaborative Enterprise: Next Stage in Public-Private Partnerships?, in: Tencati, A. en L. Zsolnai (eds.), The Collaborative Enterprise. Creating Values for a Sustainable World. Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Oxford, 313-335.

Mr. Nicco Plamonia (PhD-candidate)

Research interests

  • Public utilities (esp. drinking water)
  • Water management
  • Public private partnerships

Selected publications