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Carien de Jager

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Assistant Professor University of Groningen



  • Name
  • Carien de Jager
  • Date of Birth
  • 30 May 1989

Work and research experience

  • 2018-present
  • Assistant professor, Department of Private Law and Notary Law | University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • 2018-present
  • Regular contributor to the journal Verkeersrecht (Traffic law)
  • The journal Verkeersrecht (Traffic law) is the oldest Dutch well-known journal on traffic law, tort law, insurance law and criminal liability for traffic offences. It has a strong focus on liability law. I am responsible for the summaries of important court decisions in these fields.
  • 2013-2018
  • PhD candidate and lecturer, Department of Private Law and Notary Law | University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • Research project: ‘Protecting consumers of investment products in the EU through information disclosure: hit or miss?’ (Research Talent of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Course units: Teaching Training for Teaching Assistants and PhD students | Supervising thesis students | Assessing assignments and thesis.
  • May 2015
  • Research Stay at the London School of Economics | London (UK)
  • April-June 2014
  • Research Stay at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law | Hamburg (Germany)
  • 2011-2013
  • Research Assistant at the Department of Private Law and Notary Law | University of Groningen
  • Research assistant to Prof. A.J. Verheij and Prof. O.O. Cherednychenko into national and European regulations regarding information disclosure with the aim of protecting investors. I was also involved in the preparation of the research proposal ‘Protecting consumers of investment products in the EU through information disclosure: hit or miss?’ (awarded, see ‘Awards and Prizes’).
  • 2010-2011
  • Research Assistant at the Legal Theory Department | University of Groningen
  • I commented on draft sections of 'Recht als raadsel' by Prof. P.C. Westerman (ISBN 97894-90962-296). I also developed materials for the website and corrected assignments for the course unit ‘Introduction to Philosophy of Law’.


  • 2013-2017
  • Course units at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology | University of Groningen (Average Grade: 8.5/10)
  • Course units: Personal documents and the construction of the lifespan | Thinking and Decision-Making | Consumer and Economic Psychology | Social Environment and Behaviour | Cognitive Psychology | Developmental Psychology |Clinical Psychology | Personality and Individual Differences | Theory of Science | Statistics 2 | Statistics 3 | Introduction to Research Methods | Research methods: theory and ethics |
  • 2017
  • Summerschool Victimology (University of Tilburg, Intervict and Slachtofferhulp Nederland) | Utrecht
  • 2016
  • Summer School in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law Schoo | Chicago (USA)
  • Summer School on Research Methods in Law and Economics. Course units: Law and Economics of Contracts (prof. Omri Ben-Shahar) | Economic Analysis of Corporate Law (prof. Todd Henderson) | The Law and Economics of Information (prof. Jonathan Masur) | Empirical Methods in Law and Economics Research (prof. William Hubbard). I also attended the Scholars Colloquium and various lunch lectures. The speakers included: prof. Martha Nussbaum, prof. Richard A. Epstein, and Judge Richard Posner. The Summerschool took place from July 11 till July 22.
  • 2016
  • Summer School on Bounded Rationality at the Max Planck Insitute for Human Development | Berlin (Germany)
  • The focus of the interdisciplinary Summer School was on how we can understand decision-making in individuals and groups for better environmental, economic, and government policy-making. It took place from June 27 till July 5.
  • August-October 2015
  • Psycholinguistics 1 at the Faculty of Arts | University of Groningen
  • I took this three-month course unit (5 ECTS) at the Faculty of Arts.
  • 2014
  • Behavioural Finance & Personal Investing at the Faculty of Economics and Business | University of Groningen
  • I took this three-month course unit at the Faculty of Economics and Business.
  • July-September 2012
  • Summerschool at the University of Boston (USA), College of Arts and Science and School of Management, GPA 4.0/4.0
  • Course units: General Psychology (grade: A) and Introduction to International Relations (grade: A).
  • April 2012
  • Empirical Legal Studies Lecture Series by Prof. J.M. Klick (University of Pennsylvania Law School) at Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
  • The lectures highlighted strategies used in empirical studies to identify how legal and regulatory changes affect individual behaviour.
  • 2011-2013
  • Research Master in Functionality of the Law (hons.) (Cum Laude: 8.4/10) | University of Groningen
  • A selective (20 students maximum) two-year programme with the aim of qualifying students to do research in law. Thesis awarded with a 9 (out of 10).
  • 2011-2013
  • Honours Master | University of Groningen
  • Additional selective programme designed for the University's top 10% of graduate students. I was selected for this extracurricular and interdisciplinair Master's Honours Programme. I followed this programme (15 ECTS) with top students from all faculties at the University in addition to the Research Master. Core topic was leadership. Activities: Masterclasses and workshops, e.g. ‘The Psychology of Leadership’, ‘Leadership in Historical Perspective’, and ‘Social Influence’.
  • July 2011
  • Language courses ‘English’ and ‘Business English’ at the Embassy CES Oxford (UK)
  • In Oxford I followed two courses: ‘English’ and ‘Business English’.
  • 2010-2011
  • Privatissimum Honours College | University of Groningen
  • I was one of the 15 students of the Faculty of Law selected (fifteen to twenty Bachelor students of the Faculty of Law) for the Bachelor's Honours programme. I followed this programme in addition to the Bachelor in Law programme.
  • 2008-2011
  • Bachelor in Law | University of Groningen
  • Student Moot Court: Chosen by the jury as ‘Best Speaker of the day’ and awarded with an 8 (out of 10).

Extracurricular activities

  • March-July 2013
  • Internship Smit Juridisch Advies | Groningen
  • Internship in the field of Liability Law.
  • May 2012
  • Student Assistant at the Student Moot Court | University of Groningen
  • January-September 2012
  • Organizer of the International Scientific Conference ‘Criminal Liability for Serious Traffic Offenses’ | Department of Criminal Law and Criminology | University of Groningen
  • 2011-2012
  • Member of the Research Master Programme Committee | University of Groningen
  • Duties of the Programme Committee include issuing advice on the Teaching and Examination Regulations and solicited and unsolicited advice to the Faculty Board and/or the Director of the Institute of Education concerning all matters related to teaching in the degree programmes.
  • 2011-2012
  • Member of the visiting group of the ‘Norgerhaven’ prison
  • For one year I visited inmates at the Norgerhaven prison to get to know ‘prison life’.
  • 2011-2013
  • Member of the Justice and Home Working Group |The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • Youth organization of a Dutch political party. This working group deals with issues such as defence, security, and law.

Rewards and Prizes

  • 2016
  • Conference Grant for Summer School from the Joachim Herz Stiftung
  • Conference Grant for attending the Interdisciplinary Summer School on Bounded Rationality (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Germany).
  • 2013
  • Research Talent Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (€162.576)
  • In 2013 a grant was awarded (with Prof. O.O. Cherednychenko and Prof. A.J. Verheij) by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to carry out research on the effectiveness of the duty of disclosure regarding complex financial products. Research Talent is a responsive mode funding scheme, which offers talented and ambitious young researchers within the social and behavioural sciences a platform to pursue an academic career and carry out high-quality PhD research.
  • 2013
  • Nominated for the Generali AM Best Innovation in the financial sector thesiss
  • The award is initiated by Generali (an international insurance company) and AM web (Dutch platform regarding financial services), and is assigned to the best thesis about innovation in the financial service industry. The innovation can concern the product, the servicing, the process, the communication or marketing or any other subject that can inspire innovation in the sector.
  • 2011
  • Chosen as ‘Best Speaker of the day’ at the Student Moot Court
  • Jury: B.M.B. Gruppen (Lawyer), N.A. Vlietstra (Judge), N. Akgul (Communication trainer), and T.L. Nobel (Assistant Professor).

Teaching experience per academic year

  • 2018-2019
    • Coordinator Master's thesis students for the department of Private Law and Notary Law (Faculty of Law).
    • Coordinator and lecturer Private Law 1 (Faculty of Law).
    • Private Law 2 (Faculty of Law).
    • Policy and Principles of Private Law (University College).
    • Honours Privatissimum (Faculty of Law).
    • Supervising Master's thesis students (Faculty of Law).
  • 2015-2016
    • Lecture Honours Privatissimum (Faculty of Law).
    • Guest lecture Psycholinguistics 1 (Faculty of Arts).
    • Supervising Master's thesis students (Faculty of Law).
  • 2014-2015
    • Private Law 1 Working groups (Faculty of Law).
  • 2013-2014
    • Private Law 1 Working groups (Faculty of Law).


  • April 2015-present
  • American Psychology – Law Society
  • April 2015-present
  • Dutch/Flemish Law and Society Association
  • April 2015-present
  • European Association for Decisionmaking
  • March 2015-present
  • European Association for Psychology and Law
  • March 2015-present
  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making
  • June 2013-present
  • Dutch Association for Private Procedure Law

Conference presentations

  • 2018
  • C.E. de Jager, Information duties for online platforms?, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) on Regulatory Governance: Lausanne (Zwitserland): 5 July 2018.
  • 2016
  • C.E. de Jager, Law and Economics: An Exploration of the Effectiveness of Mandated Disclosure for Retail Investors on the Financial Markets, Scholars Colloquium at the University of Chicago Law School: Chicago (VS): 22 July 2016.
  • C.E. de Jager, Introduction Speech (introduction speakers panel discussion), Summerschool on Bounded Rationality, Max Planck Institute on Human Development, Berlin (Germany): 1 July 2016.
  • C.E. de Jager, The Relevance of Psychology for EU Legislation with regard to Information Disclosure on the Financial Markets, Posterpresentation and plenary presentation (speed talk), Summerschool on Bounded Rationality, Max Planck Institute on Human Development, Berlin (Germany): 28 June 2016.
  • 2015
  • C.E. de Jager, EU-wetgeving als middel voor consumentenvertrouwen in de financiële sector, First Annual Conference Public Trust and Public Law: De wisselwerking tussen recht en vertrouwen, Groningen: 11 December 2015.
  • C.E. de Jager, Recht en Psychologie op de financiële markten. Het nemen van een beleggingsbeslissing, Weekend voor de wetenschap, Groningen: 4 October 2015.
  • 2014
  • C.E. de Jager, The Effectiveness of Information Documents in Protecting Retail Investors: What does Behavioral Finance tell us?, Ius Commune Conference, Edinburgh (Scotland): 28 November 2014.
  • 2013
  • C.E. de Jager, Through the Lens of Empirical Studies: Information Disclosure on the Retail Investment Market, Ius Commune Conference, Maastricht: 28 November 2013.
  • 2012
  • C.E. de Jager, International Political Economy, Terrorism, Environmental Issues, and Global Governance, Presentation for the course ‘Introduction to International Relations’, Boston School of Management (US): 1 August 2012.