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The Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies (ARILS) is the research institute of the Amsterdam Law School of the UvA. It provides an administrative framework for research in the Faculty of Law and aims to maintain coherence in the research policies. ARILS provides administrative support and procedures for quality control at the faculty level with regards to research.

All research groups are integrated in ARILS, but have a large autonomy and have primary responsibility for the research conducted in their respective fields of expertise. The research groups and research priority areas (centres or institutes) comprise the larger part of the research capacity of ARILS, with some research being carried out outside research groups.

The core of ARILS consists of 8 research groups, as defined under Art. 29 of the faculty regulations (2020). Of these groups, 6 are marked Faculty Research Priority Area (RPA), namely the: 

  1. Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG);
  2. Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL);
  3. Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law (ACT);
  4. Institute for Information Law (IViR);
  5. Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE);
  6. Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (ACTL). 

The 2 other research groups are the:

  1. Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies/Hugo Sinzheimer Institute (AIAS-HSI);
  2. Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (PSC).

Researchers at the Amsterdam Law School who focus solely on Dutch law are mostly not part of these 8 groups and reside under their departments (administrative, constitutional and criminal law under the department of Public Law, and private law under the department Private Law).

Governance

ARILS is headed by a Research Director who is entrusted by the Dean with the responsibility for the research carried out within the institute and is accountable to the Dean.

Each RPA and research group within ARILS is headed by a Research Director. Together with the Dean, the ARILS Research Director and a PhD representative, the directors of research groups form the Research Council. The Research Council is concerned with the preparation and implementation of the Amsterdam Law School’s research policy.