Prof. Dr. Koen Swinnen
As of 1 April 2022, Koen Swinnen was appointed as Professor of Private Law and Public and Private Interests (1,0 fte) at Erasmus School of Law. The combined chair offers Swinnen the opportunity to research the developments within the field of private law in the context of public and private law. His research focuses on societal and technological evolutions that are hard to fit into property law or that challenge its traditional principles. These evolutions are called disruptive phenomena and are currently shaking the foundations of private law. A growing issue in this context of conflicting interests is whether and how the public legislator must interfere when the fundaments of private law do not sufficiently address the problem anymore. He will mainly focus on comparative, positive, and multidisciplinary research into data and property law in the following years.