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.
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
- 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
updated: 24 August 2015