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Radboud Business Law Talks

Since 2019 the Radboud Business Law Institute (the Onderzoekcentrum Onderneming & Recht or OO&R) in Nijmegen organizes 'Radboud Business Law Talks'. For this lecture series several high-level international academics or practitioners have been invited to give a guest lecture within the scope of the Institute’s research programme, namely Business Law in a broad sense. The lectures are free of charge and are meant to attract academics, practitioners and students.

Next Radboud Business Law Talks

6 March 2023 | prof. dr. Francesca Vessia

The seventh Radboud Business Law Talk will be delivered by prof. dr. Francesca Vessia on 6 March 2023. Her talk is titled: 'European Limits for Public Investments and State-Owned Enterprises'. Read the abstract and her brief biography below.

European limits for public investments and State-owned enterprises

In her presentation, Vessia will discuss the role of European sources in limiting the national sovereignty of Member States in the sector of public investment and state-owned enterprises (SOE). It will propose the idea that the economic choices of the Member States can be influenced and shaped not only by European deficit and public debt limits, but also by the principle of competition and fundamental freedoms, by the constitutional concepts of services of general economic interest and non-economic interest, and by the discipline of state aid and public procurement. It will examine the most relevant cases of the Court of Justice by retracing the main stages of the book by the same author titled “European restrictions on public participation and corporate effects” (Naples, 2020).

Francesca Vessia

Concise biography

Francesca Vessia is Associate Professor (habilitate as Full Professor) of Business Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, since 2006, in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She holds a PhD in business law and is a attorney (Bar Association of Bari). Further, she is the author, co-author and editor of 8 books, and sole author of nearly 50 articles and her research ranges across all areas of her teaching practice with a specific interest in the development of law alongside new technologies. Several times, she has been visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg, at the Universitat de Valencia, and has lectured in numerous universities in Italy (Rome, Catania, Turin and others) and institutions abroad (Katowice-Poland, Beijing-China and Castillon-Spain). She is a member of the Board of Banking and Financial Arbitrators of the Bank of Italy and is also active as a legal advisor in the areas of company law, insolvency, consumer protection, antitrust and IP law.

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27 March 2023 | prof. dr. Christos Gortsos

The eighth Radboud Business Law Talk will be delivered by prof. dr. Christos Gortsos (Professor of Public Economic Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA)). His talk is titled: 'Are credit institutions in the Banking Union resolvable?'Read the abstract and his brief biography below.

Are credit institutions in the Banking Union resolvable?

The aim of the presentation is to discuss the current situation relating to the resolvability of credit institutions and their groups under the remit of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) within the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM). The first part will briefly present the related EU legal framework (in accordance with the SRM Regulation, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the delegated act adopted on the latter’s basis, all as in force) and the second will focus on the policies developed in that respect by the SRB over the last few years.

Christos Gortsos

Concise biography

Christos Gortsos has a tenured position as Professor of Public Economic Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). Professor Gortsos studied (at both undergraduate and graduate level) law, macroeconomics, finance, as well as international politics and history at the Universities of Athens, Zürich, Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School) and Geneva (Graduate Institute of International Studies). The main fields of his academic activity include international and EU monetary and financial law, central banking law and institutional economics.

During the academic year 2022-2023, he is visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zürich and Senior Fellow at the Collegium Helveticum (a joint Institute of Advanced Studies of the ETH Zürich, the University of Zürich and the Zürich University of Arts). Furthermore, among his other academic and professional activities, he is Member of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) and was elected by that Board’s Members as its Vice-President; he is a member of the European Parliament’s external expert group on technical, regulatory and policy issues in the field of banking resolution; he is President of the Academic Board of the Frankfurt-based “European Banking Institute” (EBI); and he is visiting professor at the Europa Institut of the University of Saarland and at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, acting as Academic Director of the EBI LLM Program in “European Banking and Financial Regulation”, as well as Series Co-Editor of the “EBI Studies in Banking and Capital Markets Law” (published by Palgrave Macmillan).

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Previous Radboud Business Law Talks

Prof. dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer

The sixth Radboud Business Law Talk was delivered by Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer on 9 December 2022. Her talk was titled 'The role of the CISG in arbitration'.

Ingeborg Schwenzer

Click here for the abstract of the talk and a concise biography of Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer. (pdf, 72 kB)

Prof. dr. Ray Warner

The fifth Radboud Business Law Talk was delivered by Prof. Ray Warner on 25 March 2022. His talk was titled 'Using US courts to enforce Dutch insolvency orders'.

G. Ray Warner

Click here for the abstract of the talk and a concise biography of Prof. Ray Warner. (pdf, 54 kB)

Prof. dr. Lei Chen

The fourth Radboud Business Law Talk was delivered by Professor dr. Lei Chen on Friday 24 September 2021. His Lecture was titled 'The New Chinese Civil Code and the doctrine of change of circumstances: some reflections'.


Check the abstract of this talk and a concise biography of Lei Chen here. (pdf, 54 kB)

Prof. dr. Reinhard Bork

The third Radboud Business Law Talk was delivered by Professor dr. Reinhard Bork on 11 February 2020. His talk was titled 'Harmonising the rules of transaction avoidance' and discussed the possible developments of a harmonised transaction avoidance law in the EU.

Reinhard Bork

Check the abstract of this talk and Reinhard Bork's concise biography here. (pdf, 47 kB)

Prof. dr. Jens-Hinrich Binder

The second Radboud Business Law Talk was delivered by Professor dr. Jens-Hinrich Binder. The talk, held on 13 December 2019, was titled 'Almighty - but powerless? The role of the Resolution Authority and private law' and addressed the role of the Resolution Authority in the European framework for the resolution of systemically relevant banks, established by the BRRD and the SRM Regulation.

Check the abstract of this talk and Jens-Hinrich Binder's concise biography here. (pdf, 144 kB)

Prof. dr. Reinhard Zimmermann

The inaugural speaker for the Radboud Business Law Talks was none other than Professor dr. Reinhard Zimmermann, the Director at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg and one of the most prominent and influential scholars in the field of European Private and Business Law. Professor Zimmermann spoke on Monday, 14 October 2019 about Commentaries on European Contract Laws.

Prof. Reinhard Zimmermann

Check the abstract of this session and Reinhard Zimmermann's concise biography here. (pdf, 266 kB)