Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law provides excellent education. Lawyers must possess all of the relevant skills: they can competently and creatively handle matters pertaining to national, European and international law, as well as comparative law and all of its myriad interactions. Resolution skills and language proficiency, both in the mother tongue and in English, are essential.

Our research meets international standards and focuses on the Europeanisation and internationalisation of the legal profession. It concentrates on themes such as European common law, globalisation of law and civil rights.

Innovative education

Besides the proven Problem-Based Learning, where you solve problems together with your fellow students, we always keep an eye on new education methods. For example we are experimenting with Google Glass in our moort court training sessions. Students get tips and tricks from the tutor via Glass.

Law Blogs Maastricht 

Looking for information on a current topic, research relevant to society, more in-depth information about a legal subject? Want to talk to an expert in law, conduct an interview or invite an expert to your programme? Find more information on research and the legal experts at Maastricht University Faculty of Law on our new Law Blogs Maastricht.

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.

Blogs

  • Professor Smits new dean Faculty of Law

    Professor Jan Smits new dean Faculty of Law

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    Professor Jan Smits will succeed Professor Dr. Hildegard Schneider as new dean of  the Faculty of Law on 1 December 2017.

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  • Luxemburg border

    Removing obstacles for cross-border workers. How do you do that?

    Thursday, June 29, 2017
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  • Alexander Hoogenboom - Observant © Joey Roberts

    Myth: Brussels imposes nothing but annoying measures

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Law researcher and scientific coordinator at the ITEM Expertise centre Dr. Alexander Hoogenboom featured Observant Magazine on whether the EU only produces annoying regulation and why that misconception continues to exist.

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  • Liesbeth Lijnzaad

    Prof. Liesbeth Lijnzaad the first Dutch judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Lijnzaad is a extraordinary professor Practice of International Law at Maastricht University. She has worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1994, where she provides the government with advice on matters related to international law.

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  • 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.

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  • Alessandra Silva

    Standing in defence of cultural heritage in armed conflicts

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    The destruction of cultural property by the Islamic State in Mosul and Palmyra: is International Law the answer?’, is the title of Alessandra Silva’s bachelor’s thesis. During the Dies celebration last February, the 23-year-old Italian received the thesis prize, as one of seventeen winners, for the best bachelor's thesis in 2016.

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    National Student Survey (NSE) 2017: Tax Law and European Law School in first place

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    The results of the annual National Student Survey (NSE) held in January 2017 are again very satisfactory. Like in previous years, we requested our students to make their voices heard by participating in this survey. We are very pleased that so many of them responded to our appeal again.

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  • VAR

    Team Maastricht wins national VAR Moot Court Competition (again)!

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    The student team representing Maastricht University has won the prestigious VAR Moot Court Competition in administrative law for the second year in a row.

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  • Hoogenboom ELFA award

    ITEM's Alexander Hoogenboom awarded with ELFA Award 2016

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    ITEM’s scientific coordinator, dr. Alexander Hoogenboom, has been awarded ‘first place’ in the ELFA 2016 doctoral thesis competition on European law for his thesis 'Balancing Student Mobility Rights and National Higher Education Autonomy in the European Union'.  The award was presented at ELFA's Annual General Meeting and Conference 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic.

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  • UM students successful in Moot Court competitions

    UM Law Faculty student teams show well in Moot Court competition

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Maastricht students score high in national and international moot courts and moot competitions.

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  • ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    In a recent article published in the prestigious Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Gijs van Dijck, professor of Private Law at Maastricht University, examined whether court-ordered apologies serve a purpose.

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  • Bo te Baerts wint Nationale Requireerwedstrijd

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Op 14 april 2017 vond de finale plaats van de Nationale Requireerwedstrijd voor studenten. De finale, die plaatsvond in het Paleis van Justitie in Amsterdam, was een strijd tussen 12 finalisten van universiteiten uit het hele land. Bo te Baerts, derdejaars studente Rechtsgeleerdheid kwam als winnaar uit de bus.

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  • Maastricht team in quarter-final rounds Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    The team representing Maastricht University this year reached the quarter-final rounds of the competition! This places our university in the top 8 out of 342 participating teams from all corners of the world.

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  • Maastricht team in final European Law Moot Court in Luxemburg again

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    From 23-25 February, Maastricht’s European Law Moot Court team took part in the regional finals held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The team, composed of Dina Grego, Jihane Mirode, Christine Recker and Ilja Terwinghe won the final battle and will go to the all-European finals in Luxemburg which will be held on 31 March 2017. The team was coached by Pauline Melin and Alexander Hoogenboom.

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  • Team Maastricht University through to international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup moot court competition

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    On 23 and 24 February, Maastricht University participated in the Dutch Qualifying Rounds of the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Amsterdam. The UM team, composed of Céline Fäh, Caitlin MacMillan, Hanna Moller and Diya Dilan reached the international qualification rounds which will take place in Washinton D.C. from 9-16 April 2017. The team is coached by Laura Visser, Jure Vidmar & Jennifer Sellin.

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    Master International and European Tax Law ‘Topopleiding’ (top study programme) and master Dutch Law first place in ‘Keuzegids Masters 2017’

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

     “The main exception is the tax law master in Maastricht: the interesting programme is presented in a stimulating way, a great deal of attention is paid to analytical and critical thinking and the problem solving abilities of students”

    The ‘Keuzegids Masters 2017’, published on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, shows that the law masters of the Maastricht University Faculty of Law are highly valued again. Like in previous years, this is – among other things- apparent from the appreciation for the content of the various programmes and the teachers.

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  • Minister Ploumen visits ITEM

    Minister Ploumen visits ITEM

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    On Tuesday 20 February, minister Ploumen visited expertise centre ITEM, located in the UM Faculty of Law.

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  • Restorative justice should be further integrated into criminal law

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Stichting Restorative Justice Nederland (Netherlands Restorative Justice Foundation, RJN) and Maastricht University (UM) will submit a joint bill proposal to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Security and Justice this Tuesday.

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  • Postacademisch Onderwijs (PAO)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Ben je op zoek naar een uitdagende cursus om je kennis op te frissen of aan te vullen? Het bureau postacademisch onderwijs van de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid biedt hoogwaardig onderwijs voor praktijkjuristen met veel oog voor kwaliteit, actualiteit en praktijkgerichtheid. 

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  • Pieter Jan Kuijper

    Professor Pieter Jan Kuijper wins first Maastricht Prize for International Law

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Professor Kuiper will be awarded the first Maastricht Prize for International Law on Thursday, 8 December 2016. The ceremony will take place at 13.30 hours at the Municipality of Maastricht (Raadzaal, Mosae Forum 10, Maastricht).

     

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    Maastricht Law Faculty team shortlisted twice for prestigious Re-Imagine Education Awards

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Catalina Goanta, Gwen Noteborn and Bram Akkermans have, like last year, been shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016 (www.reimagineeducation.com). Last year Goanta, Noteborn and Akkermans where nominated for their efforts implementing wearables in the legal classroom,This year, two of their projects made the prestigious awards shortlist: "Implementing Wearables in the Classroom: Making IT Real” and “The SkillsChannel”.

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  • ITEM starts feasibility study ‘cross-border professional recognition card’.

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    One of the obstacles is the recognition of professional qualifications. Therefore, ITEM is announcing its intention to carry out a feasibility study about creating a “cross-border professional recognition card”.  The final “cross-border professional recognition card” would be a tool developed to speed up and facilitate recognition procedures, especially for border regions.

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  • Grenseffectenrapportage samenvatting Vera van Vliet

    ITEM publishes effects for border regions in first cross-border impact assessment

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    The Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM, established in 2015, has the important objective to identify the effects of laws and regulations for border regions. Therefore ITEM launched its Cross-border impact assessment in 2016. The results of this assessment are now published in the Cross-border impact assessment 2016 and make it clear that there are still many obstacles in the area of cross-border mobility.

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  • Rene de Groot

    'Suspected terrorism is no reason to revoke citizenship'

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Valedictory lecture by Prof. Gerard-René de Groot

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    Elsevier Best Study Programmes 2016: bachelor’s programmes Tax Law and European Law School rank first, master’s programme Dutch Law shares first place with Nijmegen

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    And again, the Elsevier Best Study Programmes edition, in which the magazine presents its annual investigation into the best study programmes in the Netherlands has been published.

    Our bachelor’s programmes in Tax Law and European Law School are on the top of the list of the student judgements. Our master’s programme in Dutch Law shares the first place with the Radboud University Nijmegen.

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    Jacobine van den Brink appointed member of the Electoral Council as of 1 January 2017

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    The Cabinet has agreed to submit the nomination of J.E. (Jacobine) van den Brink as a member of the Electoral Council to King Willem-Alexander for approval. She has been appointed professor of European and National Administrative Law at Maastricht University as of 1 July 2016.

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