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European and comparative private law
Private regulation
Regulatory theory
Tort law


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Personal profile

Research interests

Prof. dr. Paul Verbruggen specializes in Dutch and European private law. His other areas of interest include legal methodology and the use of data science techniques for doctrinal legal research.

In his work, Verbruggen focuses on the allocation of responsibility regarding health, environmental, and safety risks in global value chains and production networks. One relevant theme is the civil liability of multinationals for damage suffered by consumers, employees, and others who are exposed to risks created by these multinationals’ products and production processes. Another is the liability of businesses for greenwashing or of online marketplaces for unsafe consumer goods. To address such issues, Verbruggen uses comparative legal analyses and studies the influence of European law on national private law.


Prof. dr. Paul Verbruggen studied law at Tilburg Law School and defended his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence (2013). He worked as a guest researcher at Law School  of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2011) and at the Faculty of Law of Oxford University (2018). Verbruggen received an NWO VENI grant for the project 'The constitutionalization of private regulation'  (2017-2021) and held the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (Private Law Journal) rotating chair at KU Leuven (2019-2021).

Current courses

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External positions

General Board Member (Stichting Grotius Academie)

12 Dec 2023 → …

Visiting Professor (KU Leuven, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid)

1 Oct 201930 Sept 2021

Academic collaborator (Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie)

6 Apr 2018 → …

Member of the Editorial Board (Tijdschrift Consumentenrecht)

1 Sept 2015 → …


  • European Private Law
  • Liability Law
  • Self Regulation
  • Consumer Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Regulation


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