The Dutch Institute of Construction Law is one of the founders of the European Society of Construction Law. The general secretariat of that Society is taken care by the Institute.
Information on the Dutch Institute of Construction Law
I. General Information
The Institute was founded on December 31, 1968 by persons working in the construction world: contractors and civil servants working with contracting agencies.
The Statutes of the Institute describe the goal of the Institute as follows: to promote independently the scientific and practical pursuit of construction law, as well as the legal study of societal questions and phenomena which are or can be relevant for the knowledge of construction law. The Institute does so in a position of independence. Members of the Board of Directors appointed personnel.
The construction law field is broad: everything from taking an initiative to a construction project till the demolishment of a realised building and the circularity of its materials afterwards are considered to be part of construction law. Both private law and public law are studied and the connections between these field. So financing is part of it, the law on architects, the zoning laws, administrative law, law on arbitration etc.
The Institute receives a small amount of its income from subsidies and is responsible for more than 90% of its income. This income is generated by three main activities: teaching lawyers, publishing and research commissioned by third parties. With this income the Institute researches topics that are not funded by third parties; also the library is funded by this and thirdly this income makes it possible to function as a platform for the construction law world.
At this moment, January 2017, the Institute has 12 employees of whom 6 are researchers.
II. The main activities of the Institute
The teaching programme of the Institute is extensive since it serves both the lawyers working in public and in private law. On average 45 meetings a year are organised. These meetings usually take 3 hours and sometimes a whole day or just a lunch meeting. The meetings are always interactive and mostly aimed at academically trained lawyers. The classes are organised by the Institute but lawyers practicing as a lawyers are usually the teachers.
The Institute is also a publishing house. Books are published as well as an internet magazine and the monthly Magazine for Construction Law. Everything is available on the internet and the books and the monthly magazine also in paper.
The core business of the Institute is research. Research is done in all fields mentioned. The level of the research varies from simple publications to PhD research and everything in between. Part of the research is funded externally and part of it is paid for by the Institute.
The Institute also has an important function as a platform for discussions on legal issues.
The Institute has connections with a lot of organisations and businesses in the construction field as well as universities and international organisations.