Research at the CRIDES


An interdisciplinary research on the regulation of enterprises and stakeholders to the economical activity

Researches at CRIDES cover several sectors :

  • corporate law
  • Tax law
  • labor rights
  • innovation and digital transformation of the economy law 

Entreprise at the heart of researches

The company’s stakeholders are very diverse, and beyond the shareholders, many other stakeholders are also subject to regulations (e.g. workers, including the most creative, trade unions that represent them, investors, banks, creditors, the collecting or subsidizing state, etc.).
This is why social security law, banking and financial law, tax law and public finance, and bankruptcy law are also the subject of research and activities conducted within the CRIDES.
Economic law is therefore not limited to business law in the narrow sense, although the law of entrepreneurs, formerly known as commercial law, is an important dimension.

Research in a changing environment

Other interests, such as those of future generations to a livable planet or to sustainable social protection in a context of population ageing, are also taken into account in the CRIDES research.
The sustainable regulation of the economy also requires behavioural change, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one of the CRIDES members' main interests.

Human activity at the heart of concerns 

Economic law is not a formalist right, it aims to perform various functions and requires analyses integrating the social and economic dimensions of human activities. The research method used by CRIDES researchers is therefore largely interdisciplinary.

A historical dimension

Many of the legal fields studied were born at the end of the 18th century (intellectual property law) or during the 19th century (company law, labour law, income tax law, etc.). The research undertaken thus also incorporates this historical dimension necessary for a good understanding of more recent developments and recurrent debates.

The meaning of fundamental freedoms and European law

Research often requires thinking about fundamental freedoms, including:

  • freedom to work and to undertake,
  • freedom to create, freedom to contract,
  • freedom of association,
  • freedom of movement and establishment.

Economic law is a privileged field for the study of the fair balance between these freedoms.
The law that concerns companies has largely become European, and today any regulation of companies must be examined in the light of the great economic freedoms of the Treaty of Rome. All CRIDES researchers are therefore required to study European law in depth.
The CRIDES research centres have been attached to the institue of interdisciplinary legal sciences research of UCLouvain.

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update 10/2022