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Prof. Ben Depoorter is the Max Radin Distinguished Professor University of California, Hastings College of the Law, EMLE coordinator at CASLE Ghent University, and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet at Society. He is a frequent visiting professor at Berkeley Law, teaching in the LL.M.’s Professional Track. Professor Ben Depoorter completed his studies at Yale Law School (2003, 2009) on a full scholarship from the BAEF. As an Oscar Cox and Olin Fellow at Yale, Depoorter served as an editor of the Yale J. Reg. He was a Santander Research Fellow at U.C. Berkeley and a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Copyright law is one of his major areas of expertise, where Depoorter has investigated a variety of questions relating to enforcement of intellectual property law in the digital era, including whether and how fees-shifting can be used to align incentives between authors in way that promote creativity, how punitive approaches to copyright law adversely impact copyright social norms, and how automated enforcement measures create false positives.

Recent publications include “When the Remedy is the Wrong: Statutory Damages in the Digital Age”, UCLA Law Review (2019); “The Upside of Losing”, “Fair Trespass”, Columbia Law Review (2014, 2011); “Using Fee Shifting to Promote Fair Use and Fair Licensing”, California Law Review (2015); “Copyright Backlash”, Southern California Law Review (2011); “Law in the Shadow Bargaining: The Feedback Effect of Civil Settlements”, Cornell Law Review (2010); “Technology & Uncertainty: The Shaping Effect on Copyright Law”, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2010), and “Liquidated Damages and Moral Hazard: An Experiment”, JITE (2016). His interdisciplinary work on anticommons property is widely cited in American law reviews and international peer-reviewed journals and was featured in a 2010 issue of the New Yorker.

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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.

Mitja Kovac

Mitja Kovac was born in 1976, graduated law with “cum laude” at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law (Slovenia). He gained his LL.M. and PhD in the field of comparative contract law and economics at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (The Netherlands). In 2006 he became also a member of the Economic Impact Group within the CoPECL Network of Excellence (European DCFR project). He was a visiting professor at the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius (Lithuania) and a research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London (UK) and at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (USA). Currently he is an associate professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Department of economic theory and policy (Slovenia), a visiting lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), at University of Ghent (Belgium), at the University of Turin (Italy)and at University of Vienna (Austria). Besides, he is also a visiting researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Law (The Netherlands) and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (USA). He publishes in the fields of comparative contract law and economics, new institutional economics, consumer protection, contract theory and competition law and economics.

Andrea Giannaccari

Prof. Andrea Giannaccari (LLM, PHD) is Associate Professor of Comparative Law and collaborates with the Research Department of the Italian Constitutional Court. Andrea is constantly involved in teaching activities (at undergraduate, graduate, master courses and doctorate levels) in several universities including, among the others, LUISS Guido Carli – Rome, Ghent University, Università di Siena and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has also collaborated with many other institutions (as IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the Giovanni Agnelli foundation). Andrea is also co-editor of the Italian law and economics review Mercato Concorrenza Regole.

His main fields of interest are competition law and economics, comparative law, intellectual property and privacy. On these topics Andrea has published roughly one hundred research items (books, book’ chapters, articles and case commentaries). He has recently authored: Comparative Competition Law and Economics (with R. Van den Bergh and P. Camesasca), Edward Elgar, 2017; and Standard Setting and the Law, LUISS University Press, 2018.

Bruno Merlevede

Bruno Merlevede is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at Ghent University in Belgium. His field of interest is Applied Economics, especially topics concerning Firm Performance, Foreign Direct Investment, and Regional Economics. Drafts of his current research papers are here. Publications here. Personal website is here.