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Research interests

"The relationship between companies and their customers is determined by contract law. It's based on the idea that the consumer - as the 'weaker' party - should be protected against companies that don't fulfil their obligations. It is interesting that in today's sharing economy the consumer acts as the provider more and more often. Just think of services like Airbnb and Uber. What does that mean for the relationship between consumer and provider? The ever-advancing digitalisation also raises many questions. Should the NS, the Dutch railway service, be allowed to discontinue the paper ticket now that a smart card (OV-chipkaart) has been introduced? Can a bank force all of its customers - including the older ones - to switch to online banking? It is precisely these kinds of questions on inequality that I find very interesting."


Vanessa Mak is a Professor of Private Law and Vice Dean for Research at Tilburg Law School. Her research focuses on the role of private law in the economic regulation of the European (consumer) market, with particular focus on consumer contract law, credit and investment law, data protection and the platform economy.

Prior to her appointment in Tilburg, Vanessa held positions as a Lecturer in Law at Oriel College, Oxford and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Vanessa has law degrees from Erasmus University Rotterdam (LL.M 2001, cum laude) and from the University of Oxford (M.Jur 2002, with distinction; M.Phil 2003; D.Phil 2006), where she obtained her D.Phil on Performance-Oriented Remedies in European Sale of Goods Law (published with Hart Publishing, 2009). She is a co-editor of the Dutch Tijdschrift voor Consumentenrecht and a co-editor of the international Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML).


Visiting researcher, University of Toronto, July-August 2015

Emile Noel Fellow, NYU School of Law, 2014-2015

Visiting scholar, Stanford Law School, March-April 2013

Visiting fellow, European University Institute, May-June 2011

Visiting researcher, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg 2007-2008

Visiting lecturer, Hanse Law School Bremen 2008

Lecturer in Law, Oriel College, Oxford 2006-2007

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oriel College, Oxford 2005-2006

Current courses

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Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Oxford

External positions

Editor (Monografieën BW)

1 Sep 2014 → …


  • European Private Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Regulation
  • Financial Regulation

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Research Output 2001 2019

Circular economy and consumer protection: The consumer as a citizen and the limits of empowerment through consumer law

Mak, V. & Terryn, E., 2019, In : Journal of Consumer Policy. p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Consumer protection
Circular economy
Service economy
Sustainable production

Consumentenbescherming bij servitisation

Mak, V., 2019, Preadviezen voor de Vereniging voor de vergelijkende studie van het recht van België en Nederland. Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers, p. 69-98 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Review of the book Uniform rules for European contract law? A critical assessment, F. de Elizalde, 2018

Mak, V., Sep 2019, In : Modern Law Review. 82, 5, p. 966-969 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

Towards a circular economy in EU consumer markets: Legal possibilities and legal challenges and the Dutch example

Mak, V. & Lujinović, E., 2019, In : Journal of European Consumer and Market Law = EuCML. 8, 1, p. 4-12 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

consumer protection

Bemiddelingskosten bij woninghuur via Airbnb: Betaalt de huurder de rekening

Translated title of the contribution: Mediation costs for home rental at Airbnb. : Does the tenant pay the bill?van Golen, T. & Mak, V., 16 Dec 2018, In : Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht. 2018, 9/10, p. 280-288 9 p., 38.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional


Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 Participation in conference

Legal aspects of data science

T.F.E. Tjong Tjin Tai (Organiser), Vanessa Mak (Organiser), Paul Verbruggen (Organiser), Katarzyna Kryla-Cudna (Organiser)
17 May 201818 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Standards of 'Consumer Welfare': Are Competition Law and Consumer Law Complements or Substitutes?

V. Mak (Organiser)
5 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Emile Noël Fellowship

Vanessa Mak (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship

NWO Aspasia Grant

Vanessa Mak (Recipient), 2013