Prof.mr.dr. M.A.B. Chao-Duivis
Professor of Building Law - Department of Management in the Built Environment
"I have been Professor of Building Law at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment since 2004. Besides my work as a professor, I am director of the Institute for Building Law, arbitrator at the Arbitration Council and deputy justice at the Hague Court.
I am doing research on new contract forms, DBFM contracts (design, build, finance and maintain), alliances and chain partnerships, where traditional roles are combined in the design and construction process.
These contracts can be very complex, but there are many opportunities to use these elements in standard construction contracts. My research involves influences from abroad (regulatory, legal developments). In addition, I pay great heed to other disciplines and practices: what might be deemed legally desirable in these cases? Can an actual legal form be applied? I think it is important that legal research and education should keep abreast of social developments and external disciplines should also be taken into account.
In the coming years, I would like to find within the field of contract law a proper legal 'fit' for working together in chains as well as with BIM models. In the field of procurement law I will be focusing on making the current regulations more manageable.
At the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment I have shown through teaching that law can positively influence design work: the law can be seen and used as an opportunity to re-evaluate design contracts. In doing so I also involve other disciplines in my legal research. There have been lots of developments: within the technical disciplines researchers show a growing interest in the law and the challenge it presents in their own work. Within the field of jurisprudence, more attention is now being paid to the technical disciplines."