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Prof. Dr. Alessio M. Pacces

2nd Coordinator:
Drs. Wicher Schreuders
Tel.: +31-10-408.1606
Tel.: +31-10-408.9191
Email.: schreuders[AT]

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Postal Address:
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Law
Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE)
Wicher Schreuders (Room L5-103)
P.O. Box 1738
NL-3000 DR Rotterdam

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Peter Camesasca
Philip Hanke, LL.M.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine
Sharon Oded, LL.M.
Prof. Dr. Alessio M. Pacces
Prof. Dr. Roger Van den Bergh
Dr. Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
Dr. Louis Visscher, LL.M.

Thesis Areas:
Tort Law and Insurance Law
Law and Game Theory
Intellectual Property
Competition Law
International Economic Law
Corporate Governance
Law and Finance


Drs. Wicher Schreuders studied economics and graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Erasmus University in 1980. For a short time he worked at the Dutch Social Economic Council (SER). Since 1982 he has been a member of the Department of Economics in the Law Faculty at the Erasmus University.
From February 2000 until February 2005 he was Assistant Director of the EMLE Programme. Since October 2004, he has been the Erasmus Mundus Assistant Coordinator of the EMLE Programme.
Prof. Dr. Alessio M. Pacces is Professor of Law and Finance at the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he was previously Associate and Assistant Professor of Law and Economics. Since 2009 he is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). Before joining academia, Professor Pacces was a senior researcher in the Law and Economics Research Department of the Bank of Italy, a financial economist at the Italian Securities Authority (Consob), and he served as junior officer in the Italian Financial Police. He holds a degree in economics from Luiss University in Rome (cum laude, 1994), a European Master in Law and Economics (with distinction, 1995), and a Ph.D. from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (cum laude, 2008). His research is mainly concerned with the economic analysis of corporate law and of financial regulation; he has published books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Teaching Staff

Dr. Alessandra Arcuri, LL.M, is Associate professor of Law & Economics and International Economic Law. She holds a law degree with honours from Rome's La Sapienza University (1997), an LL.M in Law and Economics with honours from Utrecht University (1998) and a Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2005). In 2003-2004 Dr. Arcuri was a Global Fellow at NYU Law School and in Spring 2001 she was Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University. Dr. Arcuri has taught Law & Economics courses in different countries (The Netherlands, Sweden, Togo and Italy). Her research deals with topics of risk law and international economic law; she has published several articles on these issues.

Dr. Peter Camesasca holds a law degree with honours from Antwerp University, and he studied also in Hannover, Leuven and Mannheim.
His Ph.D. thesis on European Merger Control 'Getting the Efficiencies Right' was published in 2000. His main research area is European merger control, and he has published a number of articles in the leading European, Dutch and German competition law journals.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
His main fields of interest are: Regulatory economics, European economic policy (especially state aid control and federalism), the theory of the firm and organizational science.
He holds an economics degree (1996) from Philipps-University Marburg (Germany), where he also earned a doctorate (Regulatory Competition between Corporate Laws, 2001) and Habilitation (2007) in economics. He taught and did research at the Philipps-University, the Ruhr-University (Bochum), the Free-University (Berlin) and the UMIT (Vienna). He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School (USA) and the Law School of the University of Bergen (Norway). He is a member of the German Economic Association (Verein fuer Socialpolitik, member of the Council on Economic Systems and Institutional Economics) and he is a member of the Walter-Eucken Institute in Freiburg (Germany).
He has published in journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Kyklos, International Review of Law and Economics, European Journal of Law and Economics, European Business and Organization Law Review, European Competition Law Review and the Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law. He has contributed to numerous books and was the editor of two books.

Prof. Dr. Van den Bergh is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
His main fields of interest are the economic analysis of competition law, harmonisation of private law, and safety and security in society.
From 1987 until 2001 he was President of the European Association of Law and Economics. From February 2000 until February 2005 he was Director of the EMLE Programme. He has been the Erasmus Mundus Coordinator of the EMLE Programme from 2004 to 2012.

Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe is Assistant Professor of Law and Economics. She holds a law degree (Ghent University, Belgium, 1996), an educational degree (Ghent University, Belgium, 1996), a degree of European Master in Law and Economics (1997) and a PhD (Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2004). She was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School (New York, USA, fall 2007) and a visiting professor at National Law School of India University (Bangalore,summer 2008). She is a member of the Economic Impact Group of the Common Principles of European Contract Law. She specializes in the field of comparative and behavioural law and economics of contracts, especially employment and consumer contracts.

Dr. Louis Visscher, LL.M. holds an economics degree (international economics, 1993) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as a law degree (civil law, cum laude, 1994) from the same university. He has written his PhD dissertation in Rotterdam on the economic analysis of Dutch tort law (2005). He currently is Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics.
Louis has taught the course 'Game Theory for Lawyers' in the Competition Law and Economics LL.M. programme, and the course 'Law and Economics' in the Rotterdam LL.M. He teaches the course 'Economic Analysis of Torts and Insurance' in the European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) as well as the course 'Law and Economics' in the Rotterdam bachelor (this course has replaced the masters course in Rotterdam). Furthermore, he lectures in the course 'Financial Markets and Monitoring', 'Law and Economics in the Courts' and in the minor 'Death and Injuries'. He also provides lectures on Law and Economics for the Dutch Academy for Legislation.
Louis has published on the topics of international trade, tort law, contract law, insurance law, the law of damages, civil procedural law, law enforcement, consumer law, criminal law, labour law and harmonisation of law.

Typical Thesis Topics

EU (Heine)

  • European Integration

  • European state aid control

Financial law and economics (Pacces)

  • “EU banking union: does it make economic sense?”

Financial law and economics (Faure)

  • "Economic analysis of micro-finance" - Increasingly developing countries rely on micro-finance as a way to provide finance to the poor. The question, however, arises, to what extent regulation and legal rules should accompany this process of micro-finance and whether one hence can, using economic analysis of law, indicate conditions under which the provision of micro-finance can be considered as efficient.

Tort law damages (Visscher)

  • The largely ignored impact of procedural law on the economic analysis of tort liability

  • An economic analysis of the differences between precaution and mitigation

  • Liability for persons and things: an economic analysis (here, the way in which this liability is arranged in selected countries can be economically analysed)

Tort law and economics (Faure)

  • "Act of God and liability" - In the thesis, the student should examine to what extent and under which circumstances the act of God (force majeure) excludes tort liability, especially in cases where either ex ante or ex post also the tort feasor could have taken preventive measures. Think about cases like Fukushima where a tsunami causes a nuclear incident, but there is fault of third parties as well. How should liability be efficiently allocated?

International law and economics (Faure)

  • "Joint and several liability in international law" - The concept of joint and several liability is well known in civil law and tort law. However, international law is to a large extent still struggling with the question whether joint actors (e.g. states or other subjects of international law) should be held joint and severally liable in international law when they have acted together in breaching rules of international law. The question arises to what extent traditional doctrines of joint and several liability also apply in international law more particularly when the potential wrongdoers are states.

Labour law and economics (Vandenberghe)

  • “Can a reduction in dismissal protection be economically justified?”

(European) contract law and economics (Vandenberghe)

  • About sales, employment and marriage contracts

Law and economics of consumer protection (Vandenberghe)

Competition Law and Economics (Van den Bergh)

  • Buying Power (Should competition law control market power of retail chains? Or is a strong buyer a safeguard against abuses by a strong manufacturer?)

  • Buying Power (Does concentration in the retailing business harm consumers?)

  • The Google case (Is Google abusing its dominant position? Comparison US –EU)

  • Globalisation and Harmonisation (Is there scope for different competition laws in a globalised market?)

  • Behavioral Economics (Does behavioral economics require different rules for particular anti-competitive practices?)

Other topics

  • An economic analysis of attorney’s behavior (Visscher)


Student Voices

"This year was the most amazing year of my life so far. Wonderful classmates, beautiful places and unforgettable memories!"

Erica Grasso

[EMLE Student 2009/2010]

EUA Joint Masters Programme


This project of the European University Association analysed the possibilities of joint degree programmes in Europe as innovative examples of inter-university cooperation and as pillars of the future European higher education development. EMLE was among the eleven programmes that were selected for this pilot project.

Accreditation by NVAO and ZEvA


In August 2004, the EMLE programme in Rotterdam and Ghent was accredited by the NVAO, the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Agency. The NVAO is the official agency in the Netherlands and Flanders to certify that a programme meets the quality criteria as formulated by the Dutch and Flemish government.
In February 2005 the EMLE programme in Hamburg was accredited by the ZEvA, the Central Accreditation Agency of the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The ZEvA is one of the official agencies in Germany to certify that a programme fulfils the national German quality standards set by the German Conference of the Ministers of Education.

Erasmus Mundus Masters Course

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The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries. The programme is intended to strengthen European co-operation and international links in higher education by supporting high-quality European Masters Courses, by enabling students and visiting scholars from around the world to engage in postgraduate study at European universities, as well as by encouraging the outgoing mobility of European students and scholars towards third countries.