Research profileThe research profile of the Faculty is well attuned to the domains of the Research Schools the Faculty participates in: Ius Commune (the common law of Europe) and Human Rights.
The Ius Commune profile implies that the central and general research focus is upon comparative law, European (Union) law, international law and the interactions between these three levels. Law is studied and taught from a comparative, transnational, international and European perspective. Searching for common principles; seeking solutions for common and trans(inter)national problems; researching governance problems in an internationalizing world; confronting legal systems and finding best practices; training lawyers to work in a European and international legal order becoming cosmopolitan lawyers who can switch between domestic law, European law and international law and who are confident in legal English and with colleagues from different legal jurisdictions; investigating the impact of different legal cultures and opening up for a variety of legal models and systems.
In the domain of Human Rights the Faculty of Law has put a strong focus on the globalisation of economic, social and cultural rights and on criminal law and criminology in a multinational context. The faculty Human Rights research is closely related to the Ius Commune research and the research themes within it.
Faculty research is very much linked to teaching, whereas both activities are provided by the same staff members of the Faculty Departments: Private Law (Civil Law, Company and Business Law), International and European Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Foundations and Methods of Law, Tax Law and The Maastricht European Institute METRO. In accordance with their research profile Faculty Departments offer bachelors (LL.B) and masters (LL.M) programmes in Faculty research specialisms: European Law School (both LL.B and LL.M), Forensics, Criminology and Law, Globalisation and Law, Law and Labour and International and European Tax law (one year LL.M’s), International Laws (two year LL.M) and Advanced Masters in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management and in International and European Economic Law.