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Research Priority Areas

Research Priority Areas within the Amsterdam Law School

In line with the Ministry of Education’s Research Vision 2025 (Wetenschapsvisie 2025), in order to create strong research profile (“focus en massa”), the UvA stimulated Research Priority Areas (RPAs) for ground-breaking research. Within ARILS there are 6 Research Priority Areasnamely 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 Amsterdam Law School has a specific research strategy – that originates in the University of Amsterdam’s central policy – with regards to so called ‘Research Priority Areas’ (RPAs). These groups were selected because they participate at the highest level in the international academic debate and have a competitive advantage in terms of academic excellence and societal relevance. The RPAs form the basis of the Amsterdam Law School’s profile, namely high-quality research and degree programmes in the fields of International Law, European Public and Private Law, and Information Law.

RPAs receive additional funding to support them and they are subject to strict (i.e. stricter) requirements in terms of academic output, societal relevance, the recruitment and retention of talent, and in obtaining funding via the 2nd flow of funds and 3rd flow of funds. 

Participation in UvA Research Priority Areas

Since 2008, the UvA has pursued policies to create and facilitate Research Priority Areas. As of 2019, the main goal in these policies is to stimulate innovation between disciplines. The aim of a university wide RPA is to explore possible innovation by bringing together researchers from different disciplines and faculties. The UvA is less focused on achieving a strong research profile (‘focus en massa’), but more on bringing researchers together to work on specific themes with added value (competitive advantage) for the UvA.

The definition of a university RPA is:

  • an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers from different faculties on a common research theme;
  • with a coherent and innovative research programme;
  • which has a competitive advantage and can create visibility internationally;
  • that has potential for growth and can contribute to the research profile of UvA;
  • that has the potential to obtain sufficient external research funding in the long term; and
  • that might prove to be a sustainable form of research collaboration.

Through competition interfaculty initiatives can obtain funding from UvA. In principle, this funding is available for five years.

Researchers of the Amsterdam Law school participate in the following UvA RPAs: