The Non-Extractive Future Podcast

The Non-Extractive Future Podcast is now live!   Hosted by Mario Pagano, this podcast reflects on how we can re-imagine private law in a more sustainable way and support alternative economic practices.  Available on major platforms, this very first episode will introduce the team and the N-EXTLAW project. Listen now and follow for upcoming releases!

De toekomst van winstuitkeringen aan aandeelhouders in een maatschappelijk ondernemingsrecht

Nena van der Horst (University of Amsterdam) Tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht, 2023/98 Abstract: De afgelopen vijf à tien jaar is in Ne der land en Europa een ontwikkeling zichtbaar waarin met het on der nemings recht wordt geprobeerd te bewerkstelligen dat grote ven noot schap pen hun negatieve impact op mens en milieu inperken. Het wettelijk systeem … Read more

Industrial Policy for a Sustainable European Economy: Toward Ownership that Works for People 

This text was drafted as the conclusion of the Conference “Transforming Ownership in Times of Overlapping Crisis”, held in Amsterdam, 5-6 October 2023. We are preparing a longer white paper on the basis of the conference contributions. Hence, any reactions to the text below are welcome. Please send them to: and Marija Bartl, University of Amsterdam & Rutger … Read more

Transforming Ownership In Times of Overlapping Crises

N-EXTLAW has worked with colleagues from Utrecht University to organise an academic conference titled ‘Transforming Ownership in Times of Overlapping Crises’ taking place in Amsterdam on October 5-6, 2023. The goal of this event is to bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners of transformative practices from across Europe, to discuss some of the most pressing … Read more

Policy Proposal: Transition Reserve and Transition Investment Plan for Large Polluters (English Version)

Marija Bartl and Nena van der Horst have written a policy proposal requiring large polluters to maintain a ‘transition reserve’ and develop meaningful ‘transition investment plans.’ It builds on their recent working paper: Taking the Green Transition Seriously: A Proposal for a ‘Transition Reserve’. This policy proposal outlines the potential legal mechanisms by which the … Read more

Transitiereserve en Transitie-Investeringsplan voor Grote Vervuilers

Marija Bartl en Nena van der Horst Dit voorstel verplicht bedrijven met een grote CO2-uitstoot om een ‘transitiereserve’ aan te houden en serieuze ‘transitie-investeringsplannen’ te ontwikkelen. Het voorstel laat zien hoe een transitiereserve en transitie-investeringsplannen in het Nederlands recht zouden kunnen worden geïmplementeerd, en wat de voordelen daarvan zouden zijn. Voor een verdere uitwerking van … Read more

N-EXTLAW Newsletter: Project Updates

We’re delighted to share our first newsletter and update you on the previous activities of the Project and our plans for the upcoming year. With many exciting developments, including the addition of our new team member Mario and the commencement our PAR Study in Italy, we have much to share and are very much looking … Read more

PAR Study in the Netherlands Summary

In this blog, Amy and Nena give an overview of our ongoing PAR study in the Netherlands. They reflect upon the knowledge gathered through recent sessions held by the N-EXLAW team in connection our study participants, detailing the key outcomes. It further provides information on current projects resulting from these consultations. These include Profit in … Read more

Blog Post – ‘Teaching Law in Times of Overlapping Crises’

N-EXTLAW’s Marija Bartl has written a blog post on ‘Teaching Law in Times of Overlapping Crises‘, published on Verfassungsblog earlier today.  In this blog, Marija looks at the role of legal teachers in response to concurrent societal challenges. Marija proposes that it is the democratic task of legal teachers to change the perception of their students on the law’s capacity to … Read more

Call for Applications: N-EXTLAW Research Internship 

The N-EXTLAW Project is looking for research interns to work with our team. The internship will be for 1-3 days per week over a period of 3-6 months, depending upon the successful applicant’s preferences.   Applicants do not necessarily need to be based in Amsterdam, as most of the project’s meetings are held online.  The Project:  … Read more

Blog – ‘Levelling the Playing Field: Making the BVm Viable’

N-EXTLAW’s Zafar Shaikhli has written a blog post on ‘Levelling the Playing Field: Making the BVm Viable’. In this blog, Zafar discusses the uneven playing field between social and commercial enterprises due to the difficulties social enterprises face when attracting financing. Examining the Dutch BVm proposal and its lack of incentives, Zafar looks at other attempts … Read more

N-EXTLAW Working Paper: Experimental Regulation for Social Innovations

N-EXTLAW’s Marlie Janssens has written a working paper on ‘Experimental Regulation for Social Innovations’ as part of the N-EXTLAW Working Paper Series. In this working paper, Marlie argues that experimental regulation could offer a solution to unnecessary obstructions for social innovations by providing a more flexible legal framework that fosters innovation and stimulates social practices. After … Read more

N-EXTLAW Working Paper – Taking the Green Transition Seriously: A Proposal for a ‘Transition Reserve’

N-EXTLAW’s Marija Bartl and Nena van der Horst have co-written a working paper on ‘Taking the Green Transition Seriously: A Proposal for a ‘Transition Reserve’ as part of the N-EXTLAW Working Paper Series no1. Arguing that large emitters should be required to keep enough money on their accounts to be able to pay for the … Read more

N-EXTLAW Roundtable on Law & Diverse Economies – LSA Global Meeting 2022

On 16th July, N-EXTLAW hosted a roundtable on Law and Diverse Economies at the LSA’s 7th Global Meeting on Law and Society in Lisbon, Portugal. Held at the ISCTE University Institute from the 13th-16th July, the theme for this years conference was ‘Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy’. Over 4,500 participants joined a variety of sessions, roundtables, … Read more

N-EXTLAW Workshop – Voedsel Anders Conference 2022

On the 10th and 11th June, Voedsel Anders hosted their third Conference in Wageningen entitled ‘Together Towards a Democratic Food System’. We were delighted to take part in the conference and hosted a workshop on ‘Translating visions for sustainable food production into legal action’. Continue reading below to learn more about Voedsel Anders, the Conference … Read more

TEGL Lecture Series with Marija Bartl and Ingo Venzke

On the 26 April, Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam) and N-EXTLAW’s Marija Bartl (Principal Investigator, University of Amsterdam) gave a talk as part of the Transformative Effects of Globalisation in Law (TEGL) Lecture series 2021-2022. Discussing ‘What is the role of human rights in the law that structures the global economy?’, Marija and Ingo critically … Read more

#DemocratizingWork Webinar Series

Since April 2022, N-EXTLAW and #DemocratizingWork have been co-hosting a webinar series on ‘The Future of Work in the Netherlands – green, just, and democratic, or just the opposite?’. The series consists of three webinars, two of which have already taken place and the third of which is unfortunately cancelled until further notice. Read more … Read more

Blog Post – ‘Reimagining Extractive Capitalism: Learning from Italy’s Banca di Credito Cooperativo’

N-EXTLAW’s Laetitia Bornscheuer and Kinanya Pijl have written a blog post on ‘Reimagining Extractive Capitalism: Learning from Italy’s Banca di Credito Cooperativo’, published on the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law Blog this afternoon. In this blog, Laetitia and Kinanya take Italy’s Banca di Credito Cooperativo (location Valdarno Fiorentino) as an example of a non-extractive economic practice and discuss the various ways … Read more

26th Ius Commune Conference Workshop: ‘Legal Realities of Extraction’

On Thursday 25th November at 13.00-18.15 (CET), N-EXTLAW is hosting a workshop for the 26th Ius Commune Conference on the ‘Legal Realities of Extraction’. Centred around the idea that the current capitalist economic model operates on the basis of ever-expanding, multi-layered extraction that harms humans, non-humans, communities and nature overall, this workshop invites contributions from … Read more

‘In good company: Participatory rights of stakeholders as a public interest’ – Erasmus School of Law Workshop

N-EXTLAW’s Kinanya Pijl will be giving a presentation today on ‘Participation by affected stakeholders in the context of banks’ corporate lending business’ as part of the Erasmus School of Law workshop ‘In good company: Participatory rights of stakeholders as a public interest’. This workshop explores to what extent businesses should take into account human rights … Read more

N-EXTLAW Seminar: ‘Post-Extractivist Economics’ by Donnie Maclurcan (Post Growth Institute)

Image: ‘Post-Extractivist Economics: Getting to the more beautiful world our hearts know and desire’ N-EXTLAW is excited to announce that on Tuesday 26th October at 15.00-16.30 (CEST), Dr. Donnie Maclurcan (Executive Director of the Post Growth Institute and Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University) will be giving a seminar on how our … Read more

Discussing the Benefits and Challenges of Working with Participatory Action Research (PAR): Reflections from N-EXTLAW’s PAR Workshop

by Amy Lazell and Laetitia Bornscheuer In July 2021, N-EXTLAW hosted an online workshop on Participatory Action Research, ‘Understanding, applying and experiencing Participatory Action Research (PAR): A cross-disciplinary conversation’. This blog post reflects upon the presentations given in this workshop and the key comments and discussions which arose out of them. It will first provide … Read more

Presentation at the European Banking Institute (EBI) webinar on Sustainable Finance

On Monday 28 June, our team member Kinanya Pijl will be presenting at the European Banking Institute (EBI) webinar on sustainable finance, focusing on a market perspective. Kinanya will discuss the narrative of change that Europe believes in to align banking with the objective of creating a sustainable economy. She will argue that this approach … Read more

N-EXTLAW Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop

N-EXTLAW are excited to announce our first upcoming workshop on ‘Understanding, applying and experiencing Participatory Action Research (PAR): A cross-disciplinary conversation’. Taking place via Zoom on the 7th July 2021 15.00-18.15 (CEST), the workshop will consist of approximately six short presentations each given by a different group of scholars who have previously worked or are … Read more

N-EXTLAW Welcomes Five Student Researchers

Five student researchers, all currently studying master’s in law, have joined the N-EXTLAW team as part of the new Academic Excellence Track (AcET) at the University of Amsterdam. Twenty-five students across the Law School have been selected to participate, alongside their current LLM programme. Designed for students with evident research talent, the AcET involves taking … Read more