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Paul Verbruggen, LLM MPhil


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 320

    5037 DE Tilburg


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PhD projects

European and comparative private law Private regulation Regulatory theory Tort law

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Research interests

As a researcher within the Veniproject The Constitutionalization of private regulation, I am focused on the liability of private agencies for their regulatory activities, such as monitoring, sanctioning and setting norms. To give a concrete example: a French manufacturer of breast implants was found to have lied about the composition of its product. The implants started to leak and tear, with awful medical consequences for women all over the world. There was just one problem: the manufacturer had already gone bankrupt. Who is liable in such a case, the regulator? Can you hold a party liable that isn't directly responsible? What are the reasonable limits of liability law in and outside Europe? The cross-border aspect is facinating: in different countries judges may apply different policy considerations after all.


Paul Verbruggen is Associate Professor of Private Law at Tilburg Law School and research coordinator of the Tilburg Institute for Private Law (TIP). Paul wrote his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence, and was a visiting researcher at London School of Economics and Political Science (2011) and at the University of Oxford (2018). Before joining Tilburg Law School he was assistant professor of private law at Radboud University, the Netherlands.

Current courses

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External positions

Academic collaborator (Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie)

6 Apr 2018 → …

Member of the Editorial Board (Tijdschrift Consumentenrecht)

1 Sep 2015 → …


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

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Research Output 2009 2020

Het PIP-schandaal tien jaar verder: Een analyse van de geboekte resultaten en nog onbeantwoorde vragen

Translated title of the contribution: The PIP scandal ten years on : An analysis of the results and unanswered questionsVerbruggen, P. & van Leeuwen, B., Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Tijdschrift voor consumentenrecht & handelspraktijken.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Private food safety standards, private law, and the EU: Exploring the linkages in constitutionalization

Verbruggen, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The role of the EU in transnational legal ordering: Standards, contracts, and codes. Cantero Gamito, M. & Micklitz, H-W. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 54-79 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
private law
good governance

The Union’s liability for failure to adjudicate within a reasonable time: EU tort law after Gascogne, Kendrion and ASPLA

Verbruggen, P. & Kryla-Cudna, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Common Market Law Review. 57, 1, 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Good governance of private standardization and the role of tort law

Verbruggen, P., Apr 2019, In : European Review of Private Law. 27, 2, p. 319-352 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

good governance

In tijden van verandering: Over de relatie tussen het privaatrecht en private regelgeving

Verbruggen, P., 2019, In : WPNR: Weekblad voor privaatrecht, notariaat en registratie. 2019, p. 447-449 3 p., 7242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Activities 2015 2019

European Review of Private Law (Journal)

Paul Verbruggen (Editor of special issue)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

WPNR: Weekblad voor privaatrecht, notariaat en registratie (Journal)

Paul Verbruggen (Reviewer)
Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Paul Verbruggen (Visiting researcher)
1 Aug 20181 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Paul Verbruggen (Contributor)
2 Mar 20189 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Regulating Private Regulators: Understanding the Role of Private Law

P.W.J. Verbruggen (Organiser)
24 May 201825 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

Press / Media

15 minuten bijdrage aan radioprogramma

P.W.J. Verbruggen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition

VENI Grant

Paul Verbruggen (Recipient), Jul 2016