The research group Multilevel Regulation is a research group at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) established in August 2018.
The central research theme is that private actors, such as businesses, civil society and individuals, are taking on new regulatory roles in the context of recent global governance crises and associated critiques of traditional public regulation. These private actors have not only gained greater powers to shape important public policy questions, but are also able to question, change, undermine and shift the way norms, rules and laws are created and enforced.
About the research group
What is our focus?
The main aim of the research group is to investigate the emerging practical developments in the field of multilevel regulation that have been transforming ways in which standards, rules, and laws are being made, complied with, and practiced.
Specifically, the research group aims at getting ahead of emerging trends in the research and practice of informal dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) in the Netherlands, Europe, and the world.
Politicians, governments, courts, service providers, and local communities all use informal techniques to improve relationships and increase compliance. We research how those informal techniques affect the contemporary legal systems, professional practice, education, and the modern society.
We aim at creating a network of academics, practitioners, representatives of local and central governments, and students to work together towards improving contemporary multilevel regulation and informal dispute resolution through innovation and experimentation.
Partners and network
The research group works towards increasing the local presence in The Netherlands and entering into international collaborations and partnerships in the field of multilevel regulation and dispute resolution.
About the professor
dr. Barbara Warwas
Dr. Barbara Warwas has been employed at THUAS since 2016 in roles as coordinator and lecturer at the International and European Law Programme. In 2018 she was appointed as Professor of Multilevel Regulation. In 2019, she additionally became the Director of the Global Governance Centre of Expertise. Barbara is the author of The Liability of Arbitral Institutions: Legitimacy Challenges and Functional Responses published by Springer, 2016. In 2014, she worked as a drafter, researcher, and administrator for the ground-breaking study on the Legal Instruments and Practices of Arbitration in the EU and Switzerland, commissioned by the European Parliament. Barbara has a PhD in Law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Prior to joining The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Barbara worked as visiting counsel in the litigation department at GE Oil & Gas in Florence and in the Italian law firm Studio Legale Calabresi Guadalupi.
Contemporary regulation requires experimentation and innovative solutions.
Amanda focuses on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and creating greater access to justice in communities.
dr. Agota Szabo
Agota’s research is focuses on understanding how top management teams make decisions, design their organizational governance, and implement board governance practices.
Maarten van Munster
Maarten van Munster
dr. Anna Matczak
Her areas of interest are comparative criminology, the role of lay people in criminology and criminal justice, restorative justice, plural policing. email@example.com
Paul Vine joined the team as a researcher in 2021. He is an English solicitor with more than 25 years experience.
Sylvia focuses on multi-level governance of climate change adapation and AI, accountability and the MENA region. She is also Associate Professor at Erasmus University. firstname.lastname@example.org