Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prof. Dr Klaus Heine


Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. In 2012 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law.

His research areas are European economic policy, law and economics, and management, and he is one of the few scholars worldwide to work on the intersection of these three research domains. In recent years he has specialized in the legal embedding of digitalization. In this domain he also does policy consulting. His research is recognised by an international audience through presentations at numerous international conferences and publishing in leading journals.

He held positions at the Philipps-University Marburg, the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Free-University Berlin and the UMIT Vienna. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School, at the Law School of the University of Bergen and at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


Prof. Dr Evert Stamhuis

Senior Fellow

Evert F. Stamhuis (LLB, LLM, PhD) holds the Chair for Law & Innovation in the Erasmus School of Law and the Chair for Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Aruba (Dutch Caribbean). In his research, he has attended to topics of International and European Criminal Justice, national procedure reform, comparative criminal justice and cybersafety. Since 2017, he widened his interest to the embedding of disruptive technological change in regulation and practice in the public domain and vice versa: the impact of disruptive technology on public practices as market supervision, law enforcement and judicial decision making.

Before coming to Erasmus School of Law he served as the Dean for Law and Humanities in the Open University NL, where he held the Chair for Criminal Law and Procedure. In that capacity, he was a member of the Multidisciplinary Research Group Digital Payments Security (KVDB). He also took part in the team that built the EDELNet Partnership, a tri-national Erasmus+ funded program for teaching in all levels of the academy, culminating in the EDELNet Graduate School. In that graduate curriculum, he taught on cultural and language aspects of cross-border academics and on research design for PhDs. To the blended learning curriculum of EDELNet, he contributed the online course on Academic Integrity & Ethics.

At Erasmus University Rotterdam, he led the team that built the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity in 2017-2018, a cross-faculty research community, in which he takes part as senior researcher and member of the Academic Advisory Council. In his Digital Governance team he supervises PhD projects on data governance and regulation, medical robotics regulation and cybercrime liability. In legal practice Stamhuis serves as a member of the Court of Appeal at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL), sitting in criminal appeals on a regular basis.



Farshida Zafar LL.M.

Senior Fellow

Farshida Zafar’s main fields of interest are law and technology, more specifically regulatory environments in a digital era and innovation. Farshida Zafar is passionate about emerging technologies and is the director of ErasmusX, a radical innovation unit at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Farshida has a track record in the field of educational innovation and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences about innovation in higher education.

In the past years she co-designed, developed and implemented both educational programmes as well as (mobile) applications and platforms for educational purposes. At Erasmus School of Law, she has been the driving force behind the part-time law programme, which is an accredited Bachelors programme with a primary focus on life-long learners and based on the principles of blended learning. The model she has designed and implemented is being replicated throughout the University and other institutions. Farshida is in the lead of creation open education themed around Digital Governance.

Marianne Breijer

Executive coordinator

Marianne Breijer is executive coordinator of DIGOV. As general manager of the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE) and programme coordinator of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE), jointly organized by the Universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Rennes1, she takes part in the management teams of RILE, EDLE and the research programme Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort (BACT).