Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University is a top-quality provider of challenging and rewarding legal education at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD-level. It provides an exceptionally inspiring environment for both students and staff. 

Maastricht is different from any other law school:

  • A pioneer in small-scale teaching and teaching of skills. At Maastricht all courses are taught in small groups and with use of innovative teaching methods, allowing for a unique learning experience in tutorials, moot courts and 21st century technology
  • An distinctively informal yet rigorous atmosphere in the centre of Maastricht with easily accessible and highly dedicated staff
  • A truly diverse and international community of staff and students; foreign students make up for almost 45% of our total student population, which makes us by far the most international law faculty in the Netherlands
  • Ample attention for the European and comparative dimension of law, where necessary firmly rooted in national law and taught by some of the world’s leading experts
  • Excellent employment possibilities after graduation
  • A clear focus in research on European and international aspects of the law, human rights, migration and the empirical setting in which the law operates
  • Consistently high rankings in national and international surveys for our bachelor- and master programmes and research


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    Valérie Beulen wins the ‘Stichting Beer impuls’ thesis prize 2019

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    On 14 May 2019 the jury of ‘Stichting Beer impuls’ awarded the 2019 thesis prize to author Valérie Beulen and the winning department, Maastricht University. She received this prize for her thesis entitled ‘De Hoge Raad en het beschermingsbereik voor particuliere medebezitters van gebrekkige roerende zaken: the damage lies where it falls’.

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  • Cross-border co-operation a ‘must’

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    On the eve of Europe Day, to celebrate awareness and cooperation in Europe, ITEM (UM) and UHasselt signed their cooperation covenant.

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    Successful PhD defence Marieke Hopman

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Thursday 9 May 2019 Marieke Hopman successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled: 'Looking at law through children's eyes'.

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    Europa, Europa: op weg naar de verkiezingen van mei 2019

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    The newest edition of the Montesquieu reeks no 12 "Europa, Europa: op weg naar de verkiezingen van mei 2019" ("Europe, Europe: on the way to the May 2019 elections") is out!

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    ITEM and UHasselt carry out cross-border research together

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    On 8 May, the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) of Maastricht University (UM) and UHasselt sign a cooperation agreement in the field of cross-border research in the presence of the governors of the provinces of Belgian and Dutch Limburg. 

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    UM team among best 4 European Human Rights Moot Court teams

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    Maastricht University was the only one out of all teams representing Dutch Universities that qualified for the final round. In Strasbourg, our team made it all the way to the semi-finals.

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    Inaugural lecture Mariolina Eliantonio

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    On Friday 3 May 2019, Mariolina Eliantonio, appointed as professor ‘European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure’ in the Faculty of Law, will accept this position with the delivery of an inaugural lecture at 16:30 precisely, in the Aula of Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg, 4-6, Maastricht.

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    Inaugural lecture Paolo Balboni

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Paolo Balboni has been appointed as Professor of  ’Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Contract Law’ in the Faculty of Law. He will deliver his inaugural lecture on Friday 10 May 2019 at 16:30 precisely, in the Aula of Maastricht University (Minderbroedersberg 4-6).

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    UM team performs well in semifinal René Cassin moot court competition

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    The Maastricht team did a very good job in the semifinal of the René Cassin moot court competition and reached a 16th place (out of 52 competing teams).

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    Research Prize for Dilek Kurban

    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Dilek Kurban has been awarded one of the five Research Prizes from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for her PhD dissertation titled ‘The Limits of Transnational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights, Turkey and the Kurdish Conflict’. Dilek earned his doctorate from the Faculty of Law on 23 February 2018. The prize comes with a €3,000 grant and a certificate.

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    Appointment Britta Böhler as Professor of Legal Professions & Ethics

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    As of 1 March 2019, Prof. Britta Böhler has been appointed Professor of Legal Professions & Ethics. The chair is part of the Department of Foundations and Methods of Law. The establishment of this chair is in line with the faculty’s policy to further strengthen the range of skills of our graduates by systematically focusing on the increasingly important ethical aspects of professional practice by gownsmen.

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  • Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    METRO is proud to present the book 'Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm', edited by Michael Faure and Niels Philipsen, together with André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) and Judith van Erp (Utrecht University). 

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    The Professional Qualifications Directive: Still No Compliance?

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    In the EU, the mobility of many professionals is governed by the Professional Qualifications Directive. The instrument was introduced in 2005 and adapted in 2013. Due to be implemented on 18 January 2016, the directive’s transposition apparently leaves much to be desired. On 7 March 2019 the Commission issued a large number of infringement proceedings against the Member States for having incorrectly transposed the directive.

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    Outcome funding round Comenius Teaching Fellows 2019

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Gijs van Dijck and Marcel Schaper, together with colleagues from IDS and two of our students, applied last year for funding of education innovation within a course at the NRO. They just received news that their application is granted and that they can start with the project. 

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    Appointment of prof.mr. Steef M. Bartman as Professor of Corporate Group Liability

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    As of 1 April 2019, Prof.mr. Steef M. Bartman will be appointed Professor of Corporate Group Liability within the faculty. The chair is part of the Private Law department.

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  • An Uneven Balance? A Legal Analysis of Power Asymmetries between National Parliaments in the EU

    An uneven balance? A legal analysis of power asymmetries between national parliaments in the EU

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    The book provides a comprehensive legal analysis of power asymmetries that exist between national parliaments in the EU.

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  • Childcare allowance for each PhD candidate

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    It has appeared in several cases already: PhD candidates with a scholarship who do not receive childcare allowance. Recently, Minister Van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science answered parliamentary questions about the right to childcare allowance for PhD candidates. The answers she gives are in line with the well-known arguments of the Dutch Tax Administration. Expertise centre ITEM questions these arguments on the basis of European law.

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    European disability law: DARE to dream

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Although things have improved for people with disabilities in Europe in the past decades, the work is far from done. Professor Lisa Waddington coordinates Maastricht University’s involvement in a new project: Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE). This new Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) provides funding for 15 early-stage researchers to conduct their PhD research.

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    Maastricht scores high again in European Law Moot Court Competition

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    From 28th of February until 2nd of March, the Maastricht team has successful participated in the regional final of the European Law Moot Court held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 

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    Great result for our ELSA European Human Rights Moot Court Competition team!

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    In September, Ruben Tans, Florentina Pircher, Alexandra Nadasan and Emilia Klebanowski were selected to represent Maastricht University in the ELSA European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC). The aim of this moot court competition is to simulate litigation during the trial of the European Court of Human Rights. As part of the competition, in February they had the chance to participate in the official pre-round of the EHRMCC in Odessa, Ukraine.

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    UM number one in ‘Keuzegids Masters 2019’

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    According to the Keuzegids Masters 2019, Maastricht University is the best university in the Netherlands, a shared position with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 

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    Incoming Marie Curie fellowship for Lilian Tsourdi

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    Lilian Tsourdi, currently Lecturer in International Human Rights & Refugee Law at the University of Oxford, has been granted a Marie Curie fellowship for doing research on “Financial Governance: Policy Implementation and Solidarity through EU funding”.

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    COFUND PhD financing!

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    The inner-city faculties (led by FASoS) received the confirmation of finances for the Marie Curie COFUND trainingsprogramme LIMES.

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    Marie Curie fellowship for Monika Leszczynska

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    Our MEPLI researcher, Monika Leszczynska, has received a Marie Curie incoming fellowship for doing research on “The impact of 'free' digital offers on individual behavior and its implications for consumer and data protection laws”.

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    Results of TRANSMIC project have been published

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Multi-disciplinary study addresses migration and citizenship issues.

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    Successful redesign boardroom by Margarita Gaier

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    Recently, the dark green boardroom at the Faculty of Law has been tastefully redesigned by creative interior designer Margarita Gaier. On Monday 11 February 2019, we have experienced her stylish redesign ourselves, and made a toast to the result. 

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    Venezuela news article by Jure Vidmar in NRC newspaper

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    The recognition of Guaidó as the new leader of Venezuela is only an illusion. 

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    Book by Agustin Parise “Historia de la Codificación Civil del Estado de Luisiana y su Influencia en el Código Civil Argentino” awarded

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    This book, on the influence of the civil code of Louisiana in the civil code of Argentina has been honoured with the Facultad Award from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). The award is granted annually since 1892, and is amongst the first and most prestigious awards in all of Latin America.

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  • Article Samantha Renssen nominated

    Article Samantha Renssen nominated for the Magna Charta Publieksprijs

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    The article "De faillissementswet in een nieuw jasje" from Samantha Renssen, research fellow bij ICGI, is nominated for the "Magna Charta Publieksprijs" in the category company law and insolvency law!

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    Publication report on ‘Liability for letting people work with Chrome-6 in the context of the tROM-project’

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Research institute METRO (in cooperation with colleagues from the Faculty of Law) recently finished the research project ‘WP9: Aansprakelijkheid voor blootstelling aan chroom-6 in de context van het tROM-project’, which was commissioned by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM. The report (that consists of two parts) became public on Thursday 31 January 2019 and is available here.

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    Maja Brkan has been awarded a RMA

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    The award has been provided by YERUN, to perform her research abroad.

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    €1 million in grants for two research projects in developing countries

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    UM researchers from four different faculties received €1 million in grants for two research projects in developing countries.

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  • Amitav Ghosh and Michael Ignatieff at Dies Natalis

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    At its 43rd Dies Natalis, Maastricht University will award honorary doctorates to CEU rector and president Michael Ignatieff and acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh.

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  • Towards a more effective approach for tackling legal border obstacles

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Which kind of legal instrument can offer an effective solution for the province of Limburg to better tackle border-specific legal problems? How can Limburg obtain a certain 'mandate' to play an active role in solving legal border obstacles? This question is answered in the research report Statuut voor Limburg. The report has been carried out by Expertise Centre ITEM (Maastricht University) on behalf of the Province of Limburg.

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  • ITEM commits to reducing administrative burden for pensioners abroad

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Pensioners who emigrate within the EU and wish to continue to receive their pension must periodically send in a life certificate to various institutions. In practice, this means that a pensioner has to travel to competent authorities several times a year at their own expense in order to have the correct documents authenticated. ITEM commits to reduce this administrative hassle.

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    The inclusive equality and the human rights model of disability

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    Long way to go for tax solutions in cross-border employment

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    Although several measures have been taken in recent years to solve problems in cross-border employment, harmonisation of tax and social security systems between countries is still a bridge too far, Professor Marjon Weerepas stated in her inaugural speech entitled 'Border workers: coordinating, not because it is not possible, but because it is necessary'. 

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  • Maastricht University appoints two Elverding chairs

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    Video impression on the Maastricht Europe Days

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    New book: Bevrijdende en begrenzende soevereiniteit

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    New book: Bevrijdende en begrenzende soevereiniteit. The book brings together many of the annual conference contributions (both English and Dutch). The contributions focus in particular on the meaning of sovereignty and the relationship between the nation state and the European Union.

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    dr. Bert van den Braak appointed professor of Parliamentary History and Parliamentary Systems

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    On 1 December 2018, Bert van den Braak was appointed professor of practice of Parliamentary History and Parliamentary Systems. This professorship is housed within the Department of Public Law. 

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  • L1mburg Centraal: English more and more language of instruction at Maastricht University

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    1Limburg published a short coverage about the use of the English language at our faculty, more specific in the European Law School programme. For his reason, they filmed part of Sarah Schoenmaeckers’ tutorial group and interviewed her and a couple of students.

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    Cooperating & connecting: ITEM Director on regional television

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    On 19 November Prof. dr. Anouk Bollen (ITEM / Maastricht University, Faculty of Law), was a guest on the regional television programme L1 AvondGasten. Together with members of the European Parliament she took part in a discussion about several European themes. They discussed ITEM's focus, as well as the recently published Cross-border Impact Assessment. The discussion was led by Sander Kleikers of L1.

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  • Maastricht Young Academic (MYA) Mariolina Eliantonio about her research

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Through her research, Maastricht Young Academic Mariolina Eliantonio attempts to explore the role of national and European courts in the process of European integration. Ultimately, she aims to examine how the actions of the European and national administrative authorities can be adequately controlled. Learn more about her research and the MYA in this video.

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    Successful ITEM-Benelux Workshop on qualification recognition in Europe

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    On 15 November 2018, an ITEM Benelux Workshop about recognising qualifications took place at the Benelux Secretariat General in Brussels. The workshop brought together different stakeholders at the regional, national and European levels.

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    Frontier workers not eligible for Baukindergeld

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    In March the German coalition agreed to a subsidy aimed at stimulating young families' own home ownership financially. Only  people living in Germany are eligible. What does this mean for taxpaying frontier workers? The Baukindergeld was examined in the framework of ITEM’s annual Cross-border Impact Assessment .

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    A new master in privacy and cybersecurity

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Six months after its introduction, companies and other organisations are still grappling with the new EU privacy law. And they’re beginning to feel the need for a new type of manager to steer the process within their organisation. The European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity will be training tomorrow’s data protection and cybersecurity leaders as part of a new master’s programme at Maastricht University.

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    Update Dutch child care workers in North Rhine-Westphalia

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    In order to cope with labour market shortages and abundances in the area of child care work it has been proposed that Dutch child care workers be employed across the border in Germany. However, recognition procedures have proven to stand in the way of the swift labour market access of Dutch child care workers. A current complaint procedure is aimed at finding out whether the cross-border mobility of child care workers may be facilitated. 

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    ITEM participates in Expert Panel on a Cross-border Mechanism

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    On invitation of the Rapporteur Matthijs van Miltenburg, Martin Unfried of expertise centre ITEM participated in an expert panel about a cross-border mechanismorganised by the ALDE Group on 18 October 2018.

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    30% rule gets transitional right after all

    Thursday, November 8, 2018

    In the Belastingplan 2019 (Dutch Tax Plan 2019) Amendment Memorandum, the State Secretary for Finance announced that the reduction of the 30% ruling from 8 to 5 years will be granted a transitional period after all. The new duration of the ruling depends on the current end date.

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    Three of our Law researchers receive a Swol grant

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Marta Santos Silva, Mariolina Eliantonio and David Roef have received a SWOL grant to support their research. Congratulations with this result.

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    Report on frontier workers in Europe leads to proposal for legislative amendment by minister

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports has responded in a letter to the House of Representatives, which has ensured that a recommendation from the report Grenswerkers in Europa (frontier workers in Europe) has been resolved.

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    New legislative proposal against Marital Captivity

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    By virtue of Pauline Kruiniger's NWO research project Marital Captivity: Bridging the gap between religion and law’ conducted at Maastricht University, a new legislative proposal has been adopted.

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    First step in B-solutions project completed

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    A first document has been published as part of the B-Solutions project “Roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications for highly demanded professions”. The goal of the project, submitted by the Province of Limburg (NL) as lead applicant and carried out by Expertise Centre ITEM, is to develop roadmaps and factsheets aimed at boosting cross-border mobility and employability by improving recognition

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    Metro seminar with guest speaker Phil Chan (ISDP)

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    On 10 December (10:00-11:00) Dr. Phil C.W. Chan, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), will give a guest lecture.

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    UM Faculty of Law enters top 50 of THE World University Rankings 2019 for Law

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    In the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for LAW, our Faculty climbs from the 61st to the 46th place. The Faculty also rises ten places in the ranking of European law faculties from place 26 in 2018 to place 16 in 2019.

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    Launch of Montesquieu volume 11 'Een goede raad'

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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  • Three new Student Fellows

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    METRO  is happy to present three new Student Fellows: Aliea Meazza (IT/IE), Agata Meysner (PL) and Daisy Ivanova (BG/BE). They are all currently in the third year of the European Law School Programme and will be assisting Prof. Faure and Prof. Philipsen. More information about their research interests can be found on our FaceBook page.

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    New Shelter City human rights defender in Maastricht

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Since September the Faculty of Law will host a new human rights defender within the framework of the Shelter City Project Maastricht. His name is Yamen from Palestine (Gaza Strip).

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    Marie Curie for disability project in collaboration with Lisa Waddington

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    A new European-wide training network for early stage researchers in the field of disability rights has received €4.1m in funding from the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme. This network is known as the DARE Project (Disability Advocacy and Research for Europe). 

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    B-Solutions Project “Roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications for highly demanded professions”

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    The activities for the B-Solutions project “Roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications for highly demanded professions” have recently started. This project, submitted by the Province of Limburg (NL) as lead applicant and carried out by ITEM, brings together partners along the Dutch border comprising partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. 

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  • Cooperation MUMC+/ITEM on Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    MUMC+ is cooperating with parties in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine on the establishment of a Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery. This process leads to a large number of questions and challenges. One of these concerns the education and training of paediatric surgeons in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and their mobility between the three countries. ITEM researches this topic on behalf of the MUMC+.

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  • ITEM publishes practical explanatory documents about recognition of qualifications

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Cross-border work involves a lot to be taken into account. A much-discussed aspect is the recognition of qualifications. During these procedures, competent authorities check whether a person's diplomas and professional experience meet certain standards. Such processes are anything but obvious. In order to provide clarity in the complex subject matter, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has commissioned Expertise Centre ITEM to draw up a set of explanatory documents. Expertise Centre ITEM is pleased to announce the publication of these documents.

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    Launch of our Maastricht Law Series

    Monday, September 24, 2018

    On Friday 28 September at 3.30pm we will proudly present our new book series. The Maastricht Law Series is created in 2018 by Boom juridisch and Eleven International Publishing in association with the Maastricht University Faculty of Law.

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  • ITEM Cross-border portal launched

    Monday, September 24, 2018

    ITEM supports and promotes - from science - the euregional and transnational functioning of society. In order for society to use ITEM's research, a cross-border portal was launched on September 24th, 2018 during a GIPTOGETHER-meeting of cross-border information points in Eupen.

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    Yu Yan PhD defence

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    On Friday 14 September, Yu Yan successfully defended her PhD thesis on: "A changing landscape of road traffic liability in China: a view from law and economics".

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    Second report on corporate mobility in the EU published

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    The second report of the ITEM/ICGI project on ‘Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ has now been published. The report identifies a continuous cross-border corporate activity and features a comprehensive country-by-country reporting to provide a fuller picture of cross-border company mobility in the EU.

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    PhD defence André de Zutter

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    On Friday 14 September 2018, André de Zutter, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "My Rape Story that Should be Believed: on the difference between true and false allegations of rape". 

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    Successful alumni day on 8 September 2018

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Looking back on an inspiring sunny Alumni Day, 8 September 2018. Did you all have a good time? Hopefully we provided you with enough food for thought. Thank you all for your contribution and we are looking forward to your visit next year!

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  • ITEM Test case: Update on DigiD for cross-border workers

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM investigates a number of aspects in relation to cross-border work. One obstacle that cross-border workers face involves obtaining a 'DigiD', the Dutch digital identification system. Regarding this obstacle proceedings were initiated in recent months, which have led to a ruling of the District Court of The Hague. Unfortunately, this ruling is not satisfactory, and an appeal has been lodged.

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    Launch Indie Art Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    On 7 September last, the Indie Art Legal Clinic – located at the Faculty of Law – had its official launch. The event took place at the Muziekgieterij and was opened by Dr. Ana Ramalho, Director of the Clinic and Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law; by Prof. Kamperman Sanders, Professor of Intellectual Property Law; and by Mr. Ger Koopmans, from the Province of Limburg.

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    Welcome new students!

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The annual Faculty Introduction days took place from 27 until 30 August. More than thousand new students (bachelor, master and exchange) participated in an interesting and informative introduction programme, ending with a delicious Greek buffet and party in the garden of our faculty.

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    Andrea Broderick wins Edmond Hustinx prize

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    The Edmond Hustinx price for Science 2018 has been awarded to Andrea Broderick, researcher at the Faculty of Law. The prize was handed out during Monday’s official opening of the academic year in Maastricht.

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    Limited attention for cross-border policy in Limburg coalition agreements

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Stichting Geen Grens: "New municipal coalitions in Limburg often overlook foreign affairs". The newly appointed municipal authorities in Limburg are aware that their municipality has foreign borders, but many coalitions do not take this into account in their policy plans. This concludes the Stichting Geen Grens (No Border Foundation) after comparing the 30 new coalition agreements in Limburg.

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    Alumni revisit Alma Mater

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    Students cooperate on inclusive mobility throughout the Meuse-Rhine Euregion

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    During the second week of September 2018, the first Euregio Summer School will be held. The week will be devoted to working together on the topic of cross-border mobility in the digital age and will take place at a number of locations within the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

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    Maastricht wins Nuremberg Moot Court on International Criminal Law 2018

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    The student team from Maastricht University, Faculty of Law has won the Nuremberg Moot Court 2018 that took place in Nuremberg from 25 to 28 July. The team consisting of Anna Lena Neidmann, Marie Vesayt, Victoria Marie Häberle and Kimberley Mills competed against 45 other teams in this competition in the field of international criminal law.

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  • The burdensome fiscal and social security status of highly mobile workers

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Due to globalization and the increasingly integrated nature of regional economies, workers largely operate cross-border on a highly mobile basis. Because of this highly mobile character of activities, difficulties arise regarding the place of exercise of employment for tax purposes, and affiliated (dis)coordination difficulties between tax and social security rules.

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    VENI grant for Dr Vigjilenca Abazi

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Vigjilenca Abazi, Assistant Professor of European law at the Department of International and European Law, Maastricht University has been awarded a VENI grant of 250,000 euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). 

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    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


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  • More insecurity in border regions over increased VAT rate

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    What does the announced VAT increase mean for the Dutch border regions? Read more on the results and recommendations in ITEM's report 'Verkenning van grenseffecten van verhoging lage Btw-tarief'.

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    Recognition of diplomas: roadmap

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    One of the projects that has been submitted in the B-solutions call from the European Commission is about a roadmap for the recognition of qualifications. The roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications concerning highly demanded professions are aimed at boosting cross-border mobility and employability by improving recognition.

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    Appointment mr. dr. Jos Hamers as professor of National and Interregional Legal Entity and Partnership Law

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Jos Hamers, associate professor at the Department of Private Law, has been appointed as professor of National and Interregional Legal Entity and Partnership Law (0.2 FTE) as of 1 July.

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  • Launching ITEM's cross border portal in September

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM supports and promotes - from science - the euregional and transnational functioning of society. In order for society to use ITEM's research, a cross-border portal will be launched in September 2018.

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    UM team among world's best 4 WTO Moot Court teams

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    Doctoral dissertation defence by PhD-Candidate of TRANSMIC project

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    On Wednesday June 27th 2018 Zvezda Vankova will defend her doctoral dissertation about circular migration in the Eastern partnership countries. The project is part of the TRANSMIC project and has the aim to analyse the implementation of the EU’s approach to circular migration and its impact on the rights of the economically low- and highly- skilled legal migrants from the Eastern partnership countries.

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  • Former visiting professor at Maastricht Raoul Van Caenegem passed away

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    This week the Faculty received the sad news that on Friday 15 June 2018 Prof. Raoul van Caenegem passed away at the age of 90 in his hometown of Gent. Prof. Van Caenegem was a legal historian of worldwide renown. 

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    Appointment of Bram Van Hofstraeten as endowed chair of Legal History of the Limburg Territories

    Monday, June 18, 2018

    Dr Bram Van Hofstraeten was appointed on 15 June as endowed chair of Legal History of the Limburg Territories (0,2 fte). He succeeds Professor Louis Berkvens, who will retire in July 2018.

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    Anne Pieter van der Mei appointed professor of European Social Law

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Anne Pieter van der Mei, previously associate professor at the Department of International and European Law, was appointed professor of European Social Law on 1 June 2018. The chair is part of the Department of Public Law.

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    Publicatie deelonderzoek ‘Aansprakelijkheid voor het laten werken met Chroom-6’

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    Onderzoeksinsituut METRO (in samenwerking met collega’s van de rechtenfaculteit van Maastricht University) heeft het deelonderzoek ‘WP9: Aansprakelijkheid voor het laten werken met Chroom-6’ uitgevoerd in opdracht van het RIVM. Het rapport is op 4 juni 2018 gepubliceerd en kan in dit nieuwsbericht gedownload worden.

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    Maastricht research on marital captivity leads to new parliamentary bill

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    The law needs to be changed to prevent people from being locked in a religious marriage, writes Maastricht University (UM) lawyer Pauline Kruiniger in the final report on the MARICAP study. Following this report the Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker promised last week to come up with a bill that would compel partners cooperate with a religious divorce in order to combat marital captivity.

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  • Joost à Campo appointed clinical professor of Transforensic Psychiatry

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    On 1 June 2018, Joost à Campo will be appointed clinical professor of Transforensic Psychiatry (0.2 fte) at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. The chair position was created by Mondriaan.

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    An almost hattrick: team Maastricht wins silver in national VAR moot court 2018

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Only available in Dutch!

    Het was bijna gelukt: driemaal op rij de prestigieuze bestuursrechtelijke VAR-pleitwedstrijd op onze naam schrijven! Het Maastrichtse pleitteam heeft op woensdag 16 mei in Groningen een prachtige tweede plaats behaald.

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    Dr Suzan van der Aa appointed Professor of Criminal and Procedural Law

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    As from 1 May, Dr Suzan van der Aa succeeded emeritus professor Gerard Mols as Professor of Criminal and Procedural Law at our faculty.

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    Marie Curie Post-Doc positions within EIPIN Innovation Society

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    EIPIN Innovation Society, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project on the role of intellectual property in innovation, offers its network as the basis for individual fellowships under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

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    Jassim Aba Al-Khail Fund created

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    Two years ago our first year student Jassim Aba Al-Khail sadly passed away. It was the personal desire of Dr. Mohammed Aba Al-Khail to make a gift to Maastricht University, in commemoration of his beloved son. To this end, a fund was created at the Limburg University Fund that bears Jassim’s name and honors his life.

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    25th anniversary Maastricht Journal

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    On Thursday, 28 June 2018, the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the form of a full-day conference at Chateau Neercanne in Maastricht. The anniversary event will feature interesting panels composed of high-level academics discussing the subjects of EU law, comparative law and legal publishing in a beautiful setting. For information and registration, see: mj-25-year-anniversary.

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  • Prof. Marjan Peeters visits Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    13-20 April 2018
    Upon invitation of the department of international law from The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Prof Dr Marjan Peeters attended the XVI Blischenko conference on Public international law, which this year was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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    Jacqueline de Groot working for ITEM

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Jacqueline de Groot is delighted to support ITEM in the upcoming year and a half as advisor external affairs.

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    Team USA wins international finals of the International Client Consultation Competition (ICCC)

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    The USA team was the winner of the 2018 ICCC competition. The Maastricht Faculty of Law hosted the international finals of the International Client Consultation Competition from April 11 through April 14 2018. In total 22 countries participated and sent in a team. These countries covered the complete globe from New Zealand to Illinois via Malaysia, Georgia and Ireland.

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Our legal expertise, research findings and contributions to topical debates are made available for a general public of lawyers and law students, non-lawyers, the press, and (civil) society. Authors of all our contributions are staff members of Maastricht University Faculty of Law.

Dean's blog

Read the bi-weekly blog of our Dean prof. Jan Smits. The blog reports about what keeps the Dean busy. It also features photos from behind the scenes.


Anniversary Book Faculty of Law


On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Maastricht University Faculty of Law, the faculty has published an anniversary book. In this book, the foundation of and development into the current faculty is described, completed with many new and old photos. The book can be purchased at bookstore The Tribune in Maastricht (regular price: € 34.50, student price: € 29.50 for students with a valid UM student card).

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