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B. Schmitz

PhD researcher
B. Schmitz

• Rethinking public interests in private relationships
My PhD research is funded by the sectorplan SSH. Which public interests can only be protected by the government and on which governance level: national, European, or international?

• Assessing the transparency of B2C terms
Prof. Charlotte Pavillon and I have developed a readability formula, based on the Flesch formula, that is geared towards legalese. To test the existing and our new formula, we conducted an online questionnaire study. We opted for online gaming terms and conditions as a case study. Our study had two purposes: first, to find out whether the revised readability formula we developed can indicate comprehensibility better than the original, and second, whether the consequences of the most intrusive provisions of terms and conditions commonly used in the gaming industry are understandable in the sense that consumers can foresee the consequences of a term. We hope to publish the results of our study in 2020.

Last modified:17 July 2020 11.10 a.m.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Department of Private International Law