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.


  • As you may remember: in April 2016 the majority of the voters voted 'no' against the ratification act of this association agreement. According to the referendum a legislative proposal is needed as soon as possible in which the effects of the referendum will be arranged. This blog is only available...

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  • On 9 April 2011 a gunman killed six people in a shopping mall in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn. A group of victims now claims damages from the gunman’s parents, claiming that they should have prevented their son from this horrendous act. The claim will fail: on the facts of the case, there...

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  • On Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. a legislative proposal will be presented to the members of the standing committee for Security and Justice. The purpose of the bill is, that is an initiative of the citizens and through the citizens, to support a restorative settlement in criminal cases on the...

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  • How diverse is Dutch science? According to a majority in the Second Chamber, perhaps not quite diverse. Last week, the Chamber adopted a motion that calls upon the government to clarify whether Dutch university staff is made up too much homogeneous. This blog is only available in Dutch.

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  • The Maastricht Treaty marked the first step towards the establishment of the European Union (EU) as we know it today, after the Lisbon Treaty. Now, 25 years later, it is time to take stock, specifically with rising challenges for the EU, a financial crisis, a looming Brexit and Euro-skepticism. Has...

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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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    Interesting and successful 6th pension seminar

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    On 30 January the 6th pension seminar took place. The seminar was entitled: 'De pensioenmarkt wikt, de fiscaliteit beschikt. Worden de neveneffecten door u onderkend?’.


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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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    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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    '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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