Matthias Van Der Haegen is Assistant Professor at the Private Law Department of Maastricht University Faculty of Law. A researcher at the Law and Tech Lab, he specializes in legal analytics and the judiciary, favouring an empirical approach to answering research questions. His PhD research was on the role of the Belgian supreme court (Hof van Cassatie/Cour de cassation), a topic in which he retains a profound (comparative) interest. Matthias received a master's degree in law at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2014, having spent a semester abroad at Hofstra University (US). He obtained the degree of magister juris from the University of Oxford (UK) the following year. In May 2019, Matthias was awarded a PhD in law from Ghent University (Belgium), having been funded by a personal grant from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen). He joined Maastricht University a few months later. He remains affiliated with his alma mater as a voluntary post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Procedural Law. Matthias has spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Bergen (Norway) in 2016, the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law (Luxembourg) in 2017, the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in St. Louis (US) in 2018 and Leiden University (the Netherlands) in 2019.