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Local Coordinator:
Prof. Ben Depoorter
Tel.: +32-9-264.68.07
Fax.: +32-9-264.69.83
Email.: ben.depoorter[AT]ugent.be

Mrs. N. Van Nuffel
Tel.: +32-9-264.68.07
Fax.: +32-9-264.69.83
Email.: Nancy.VanNuffel[AT]UGent.be

Postal Address:
Ghent University
Department of Jurisprudence and History of Law
Universiteitstraat 4
B-9000 Ghent

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Teaching Staff:
Prof. Johan Albrecht
Prof. Boudewijn Bouckaert
Prof. Ben Depoorter
Prof. Christoph Van Der Elst
Sven Hoeppner


bendepoorter Prof. Ben Depoorter is coordinator of EMLE at Ghent University and Hastings Research Chair and Professor of Law at the University of California and Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford University Center for Internet & Society. He is a graduate of Yale Law School (L.L.M., J.S.D.) and  holds a JD (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) from Ghent University and a Master’s degree from the University of Hamburg (2001). He completed his studies at Yale Law School (2003) on a full scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF). As an Oscar Cox Fellow at Yale, Depoorter served as an editor of the of the Yale Journal of Regulation and conducted research as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. He was a Santander Research Fellow at UC Berkeley and a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Ben Depoorter has authored over thirty articles (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=227723) in the field of law and economics, intellectual property law, property law, and litigation theory. His recent and forthcoming articles include The Upside of Losing, Columbia Law Review (2013); “Copyright Backlash”, 84 University of Southern California Law Review 1251 (2011); Fair Trespass”, 111 Columbia Law Review 1090, (2011); “Law in the Shadow Bargaining: The Feedback Effect of Civil Settlements", 95 Cornell Law Review 957 (2010); "Technology & Uncertainty: The Shaping Effect on Copyright Law", 157 the University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1830 (2010).

Teaching Staff:
johanalbrecht Prof. Johan Albrecht studied in Gent, Oxford and Wageningen and is currently professor economics at Ghent University where he mainly teaches environmental and energy economics.  Since 2006, he is senior fellow at the Itinera Institute, an independent think tank based in Brussels (www.itinerainstitute.org).

He is the author of four  books and over 40 publications in international journals and volumes. His book "Energietransitie. Sneller naar een groen systeem /  Transition énergétique: plus vite vers un système plus vert" (ASP, 2009) was published in Dutch and French in December 2009. In 2011 he wrote together with Rob Van Hoofstat his most recent book "Huisvesting in tijden van schaarste. Naar een renovatie van het woonbeleid (Roularta Books, 304 pages)".

As scientific advisor, he works for Belgian and international organisations.
bouckaert Prof. Boudewijn Bouckaert is a Professor at the Law School of Ghent University. He is the Director of the Department of Legal Theory and President of the European School for Law and Economics. He has been Visiting professor in Law and Economics at the universities of Paris IX, Aix-Marseille and Montpellier. He lectured for the Institute for Humane Studies, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His main fields of interest are the economic analysis and the history of property law, the theory of sources of law and zoning law. Moreover, he was the Director of the ERASMUS-Programme in Law and Economics from 1989 until 1994. He is also co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics.

Prof. Christoph Van der Elst is Professor of commercial contracts and corporate governance at Ghent University since 2001. He combines this position with a professorhip at the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands).  He is also research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He has a master in Economics, a master in Law and a Ph.D. in Economics.


Sven Hoeppner is research associate at the Center of Advanced Studies in Law and Economics (CASLE) at Ghent University Law School and Affiliate Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. Previously Sven Hoeppner has been research associate at Humboldt University Berlin Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Ghent University. He graduated from Humboldt University Berlin in both legal science (German 1st legal state exam) and business economics (M.Sc.). Afterwards he advanced his education in law and economics on a full scholarship of the European Commission and since Sven Hoeppner holds master degrees in law and economics (M.L.E., E.M.L.E.) from the University of Bologna, Ghent University and in law (LL.M.) from Haifa University.

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"EMLE programme was a great opportunity to enrich my theoretical knowledge by fundamental principles of economics and learn new ideas in the field of law and economics.
Multicultural environment and chance to study at more than one university serves as additional and unique tool for learning different cultures and ways of thinking."

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[EMLE Student 2009/2010]