Tilburg Institute of Comparative and Transnational Law

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The Tilburg Institute of Comparative and Transnational Law (TICOM) is a research institute at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. It conducts fundamental research in the fields of comparative law and transnational law and has a special focus on law as an international phenomenon.

Tilburg University public university in The Netherlands

Tilburg University is a public research university specializing in the social and behavioral sciences, economics, law, business sciences, theology and humanities, located in Tilburg in the southern part of the Netherlands.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Including three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Comparative law study of relationship between legal systems

Comparative law is the study of differences and similarities between the law of different countries. More specifically, it involves the study of the different legal "systems" in existence in the world, including the common law, the civil law, socialist law, Canon law, Jewish Law, Islamic law, Hindu law, and Chinese law. It includes the description and analysis of foreign legal systems, even where no explicit comparison is undertaken. The importance of comparative law has increased enormously in the present age of internationalism, economic globalization, and democratization.

The institute was founded in September 2008 by the comparatist Jan M. Smits (professor of European Private Law and Comparative Law) and Monica Claes (professor of Comparative Constitutional Law). It has attracted a body of highly accomplished and young researchers, many of whom graduated with distinction from Oxford University and other top universities.

Some of the institute's notable research projects include the European Research Council (ERC) funded European and National Constitutional Law project (eunacon), as well as National Resistance to the Europeanisation of Private Law - a project supported by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL). TICOM also organises a regular seminar series that attracts renowned speakers, as well as an annual TICOM Roundtable.

European Research Council organization

The European Research Council (ERC) is a public body for funding of scientific and technological research conducted within the European Union (EU). Established by the European Commission in 2007, the ERC is composed of an independent Scientific Council, its governing body consisting of distinguished researchers, and an Executive Agency, in charge of the implementation. It forms part of the framework programme of the union dedicated to research and innovation, Horizon 2020, preceded by the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). The ERC budget is over €13 billion from 2014 – 2020 and comes from the Horizon 2020 programme, a part of the European Union's budget. Under Horizon 2020 it is estimated that around 7,000 ERC grantees will be funded and 42,000 team members supported, including 11,000 doctoral students and almost 16,000 post-doctoral researchers.


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