Research institutes

Maastricht European Private Law Institute

The Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) conducts fundamental research in the field of European private law, covering not only the law of contract, property and tort, but also European procedural law, European legal theory and European legal history. Special focus is on exploring the consequences of Europeanisation and globalisation in the field of private law.


  • geneva

    Call for Papers for the 18th Joint Seminar of the European Association of Law and Economics and The Geneva Association

    Monday, July 9, 2018

    Milan, 13-14 June 2019

    Law and economic issues of insurTech


    Read more
  • Bram Akkermans Appointed TPR Visiting Chair

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    M-EPLI associate director and Associate Professor of European Private Law Bram Akkermans has been appointed to the TPR Visiting Chair for the academic year 2017-2018 at the Catholic University of Leuven. During the upcoming academic year Bram will hold several lectures and plan other activities at KU Leuven.

    Read more
  • M-EPLI fellows at the New Civil Rights and the Rule of Law conference in China

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    From 7-9 November 2016, M-EPLI PhD candidates Jiangqiu Ge and Liuhu Luo presented their papers  at the conference New Civil Rights and the Rule of Law in China.

    Read more
  • M-EPLI Logo

    What is Private Law For? A MEPLI Round Table Conference

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    This Round Table conference explores the limits of, and justification for, the exercise of private autonomy in five main fields of private law: the law of contract, tort, property, succession and family relationships. 

    Read more
  • Maastricht European Private Law Institute - M-EPLI

    New Working Paper on The Reform of the French Law of Obligations

    Monday, October 3, 2016

    A new MEPLI working paper by Jan Smits and Caroline Calomme on 'The Reform of the French Law of Obligations: Lex Jeux Sont Faits'.

    Read more
  • M-EPLI Logo

    New MEPLI working paper by Fabian Junge on The Necessity of European Harmonization in the Area of Trade Secrets

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    New MEPLI working paper by Fabian Junge on 'The Necessity of European Harmonization in the Area of Trade Secrets'.

    Read more


M-EPLI conducts fundamental research in the field of European private law and related areas. Our belief is that in an age of Europeanisation and globalisation law should be studied as an international phenomenon. M-EPLI crosses borders between both national jurisdictions and the classical areas of law. A post-national legal science cannot take the distinction between public and private law as a starting point, but has to question the relevance of this distinction. Where useful, it also involves other disciplines (such as political science, economics and psychology).


All M-EPLI researchers are involved in teaching, one way or the other. In bachelor’s and master’s programmes, their focus is on European Private Law. Students also have the opportunity to participate in M-EPLI research projects in various ways.

Law Blogs Maastricht
Would you like to know more about our research? Visit Law Blogs Maastricht and find more information about the Faculty of Law's research output.


    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      Today, MEPLI external fellow Stephan Mulders presented the paper he co-authored with Catalina Goanta on 'Moving Fast and Breaking Things: Social Media, Data Brokers and Unfair Commercial Practices' at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference. The paper takes the Cambridge Analytica data sharing debacle as a starting point, explains how Facebook access tokens work, and asks whether the way in which Facebook communicates to its users how third parties make use of their data can be qualified as misleading/aggressive practices. This research complements the privacy discourse with aspects of consumer protection and raises questions about the suitability of the UCPD when applied to social media practices.

      2 weeks 22 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      MEPLI's Mark Kawakami was recently invited by the government of Navarra to speak in Pamplona about international commercial mediation, his research on the benefits of lawyers/mediators adding subjects such as neuroeconomics and psychology into their tool kits, and his work with the Maastricht Mediation Clinic.

      Maastricht Mediation Clinic
      2 weeks 13 hours ago
    • MEPLI's co-director Gijs van Dijck presented his research on network analysis together with Marcel Schaper today at the Law Faculty, in an event that marks the start of two intense weeks for the Faculty's law & technology research agenda! Many thanks to the colleagues and students who joined us today, as well as to the exceptionally talented data scientists from the Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University, Amrapali Zaveri, Kody Moodley & Pedro Hdez Serrano!

      2 weeks 5 days ago
    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      Caroline Cauffman recently gave a presentation at the Institute for Judicial Training (see below in Dutch). Most publications about the private enforcement of competition law focus on actions for damages. However, in Belgian legal practice, these cases are extremely rare. Whether the implementation of the Damages Directive will change this is still to be awaited. The presentation focuses on two types of private enforcement that are common in Belgian legal practice: nullity and injunctions. The former is usually used by way of defense, the second is the most common way of invoking competition law as a sword in cases between private undertakings.
      1 month 4 days ago


Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI)