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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    Video impression on the Maastricht Europe Days

    Thursday, December 13, 2018
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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.

    This short video is part of the series ‘We are Europe’ that will be broadcast online later this month. In January, the series will be broadcast on television via L1, Omroep Gelderland and two German channels.

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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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    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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    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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    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

    This information is only available in Dutch.

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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 defence

    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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  • Cross-border working

    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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    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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    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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    Theo van Boven - Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize 2018 - Call for nominations

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    The Prize will be awarded to an excellent young researcher in the field of human rights laws, international criminal law or international humanitarian law.

    Please send in your nominations by 15 September 2018 atthe latest.

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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

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    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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    Call for participants - ITEM DigiD Survey

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM is researching a number of aspects in relation to cross-border work. One of the issues currently in the spotlight is the (im)possibility to get a DigiD. Expertise Centre ITEM would like to know how many people would like to use a DigiD, but find that they are unable to obtain it.

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    Dr Marta Pertegás Sender appointed professor of Private International Law and Transnational Law

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Marta Pertegás possesses an extensive knowledge of private international law and is a renowned expert in this field. In addition, she has considerable practical experience and a wide international network. She will start on 15 April 2018.


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    Overcoming obstacles: Child care workers across the border

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Recognition procedures prevent Dutch child care workers from being able to work abroad. This was revealed after several reports by the SGA, leading to a pilot procedure set up by Expertise Centre ITEM / SGA, among others, that will examine whether partial recognition as Erzieher could be enabled for Dutch child care workers.

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    Kofi Annan, water polo, and the depths of human cruelty

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    UM student Costas Georgiades on his efforts to help those who need it most - and on his experiences on Lesbos

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    Team Maastricht wins the European Regional Round of the ELSA Moot Court Competition

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    The Maastricht University team has confirmed the excellent reputation of our Faculty by winning the European Regional Round of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2) in Wroclaw (Poland). The team competed against 16 other teams, getting through to the finals where they beat the team from Graduate Institute of Geneva.

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    Children's Rights Researcher from Maastricht becomes new 'Face of Science'

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Legal philosopher Marieke Hopman, PhD candidate at Maastricht University (UM), was presented as one of the new 'Faces of Science', a platform providing an insight into the world of research for high school students. Hopman is the fourth UM researcher to be selected for this project.

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    Start of Matthijs Huizing - advisor external affairs - at ITEM

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Matthijs Huizing has joined the team of Expertise Centre ITEM. With his position as ‘advisor external affairs’, he will represent the expertise centre in order to form a link between science, politics and policy.

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    ITEM joins TEIN network of cross-border organisations

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM is glad to have become a member of TEIN (Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network), the network for cross-border institutes and universities. With its membership, they will strengthen its cooperation with other institutes and universities in border regions.

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    Legislative change needed to prevent 'marital captivicty'

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    A legislative change is needed to prevent 'marital captivity', says attorney Pauline Kruiniger of Maastricht University (UM) in a final report published this week on the MARICAP study titled Niet langer geketend aan het huwelijk ('Breaking the chains of marriage').

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    Ana Ramalho wins WUN Research Mobility Programme grant

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Ana Ramalho (Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law) has been awarded a grant within the framework of the WUN Research Mobility Programme. She will be conducting research in collaboration with the University of Auckland. The topic of the project is "Reconciliation of intellectual property policies in the framework of EU-New Zealand trade relations".

    The project will be carried out next year, exact dates to be confirmed.

    Find more information on Ana's background and research on our website.

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  • New research project Um Faculty of Law Department Constitutional Law / Montesquieu Institute

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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    Bescherming van de liberale constitutie in een populistisch tijdperk: onderzoeksproject aan de Universiteit Maastricht, sectie staatsrecht /  Montesquieu Instituut, mogelijk gemaakt door een subsidie van het Fonds Staatsman Thorbecke van de KNAW.

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    Announcement dossiers ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM announces the dossier selection for research in their annual Cross-border impact assessment. The final selection was made based on the stakeholder consultation. In the upcoming period, a team of ITEM researchers and experts will direct their attention to the dossiers.

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    Report on Specialised IC Nurses presented (ITEM)

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Working across the border as a specialised IC nurse is not a matter of course. For this reason, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has requested Expertise Centre ITEM to study the cross-border mobility of specialised Intensive Care (IC) nurses. On Wednesday 7 March, ITEM presented the results.

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    Keuzegids Masters 2018

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    The ‘Keuzegids Masters 2018’, published today, shows that the master's programmes of the UM Law Faculty are valued again like in previous years. And despite the fact that none of our programmes reached the first place, the differences a small and the appreciation for the content of the various programmes and the quality of the teachers remains high.



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  • Looted art in a moral twilight zone

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    When it comes to the restitution of looted art, things are never black and white. The procedures are often lengthy and complex, and the dividing line between law and morals is paper-thin. Moreover, emotions and national sensitivities quickly come into play. Peter van den Brink knows the game like no other. In recent years, he has gained a reputation as the director who was able to trace nine lost canvases and bring them back to his Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, where they had hung before the war. Van den Brink will be a keynote speaker at the annual MACCH conference at the TEFAF on 18 March.

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    Homeowners need better data protection

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Full disclosure of homeowner data is outdated (PhD conferral Anna Berlee).

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    Great performance UM team in ICC Mediation Competition

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    This year during the 13th annual ICC Mediation Competition week between 2nd – 7th of February a team of four students from the Faculty of Law, Sofia Paoletta, Elden Van Delft, Rebecca Kade and Albert Mhangami coached by Catalina Goanta, Kate O’Reilly and Paul Roos made it through to the quarter finals and placed in the top 8 out of 66 teams from over 32 countries.

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  • METRO Student Fellows

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    We are happy to present four student fellows, who will provide research assistance to the METRO staff in the period until Summer 2018. They are: Amadeus Unterberg (CH), Nadja Maurer (CH), Armand Ionescu (RO) and Giuseppe Gigliotti (IT). Their short bios can be found under the heading ‘People’.

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    Maastricht team participated in the regional final of the European Law Moot Court

    Friday, February 23, 2018

    On 15th-18th of February, the Maastricht team participated in the regional final of the European Law Moot Court held at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Other contenders came from all over the world, and included such illustrious participants as Aix-en-Marseille, Gent and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

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    The Faculty of Law's Anniversary Book is now available!

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    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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    Claudia Helmer wins debate tournament 2016-2017

    Friday, February 2, 2018

    This news item is only available in Dutch.

    De titel ‘Beste debater 2016-2017’ is gewonnen door Claudia Helmer, alumna van de opleiding Fiscaal Recht. 
    De heldere structuur in haar betogen, enkele fraaie drieslagen, een prachtige uitspraak als 'we werken niet voor de Quote 500, maar de Quote 18 miljoen' en de allitererende lofrede op haar ‘…leuke, liefdevolle Loyens & Loeff…’  wist de juryleden unaniem in haar voordeel doen beslissen.

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  • ITEM ICGI Cross-border corporate mobility CbCM featured

    Thomas Biermeyer and Marcus Meyer publish first report on corporate mobility in the EU

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    The project leaders of the ITEM/ICGI project ‘Cross-border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ present empirical findings in their first report in the project. The report will provide a general and preliminary overview of empirical findings in the topic of cross-border corporate mobility within the EU.

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    Thesis prizes

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Last Friday 26 January, we celebrated the 42nd Dies Natalis of the UM including presenting the thesis prizes. 

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    Louise Verboeket wins Jongbloed thesis prize

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    L.W. (Louise) Verboeket LL.M., PhD candidate at the Department of Public Law of the UM Faculty Law, has been awarded the Jongbloed thesis prize on January 12th. Her master thesis “The public prize. A study of the allocation of public funds by way of competition” is the best legal thesis written at Leiden University during the academic year 2016-2017. In 2017 Louise Verboeket graduated cum laude from Leiden University with a master’s degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law. Her thesis (and PhD) supervisors are prof. mr. J.E. (Jacobine) van den Brink and prof. mr. drs. W. (Willemien) den Ouden.

    Also read the interview with Louise in Mr. magazine (in Dutch) .

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    Interview: An advocate of cross-border working

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Martin Unfried, 'Ontgrenzer' at the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM was interviewed by Julian Binn German-Dutch media site 'AHA24x7' about his view on cross-border labour and his job as 'ontgrenzer'.

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    ITEM sets out bottlenecks related to the recognition of qualifications

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    When professionals and students move to other countries to either work or study there, they may need recognition of their qualifications. Different instruments and procedures exist depending on the purpose of mobility. Despite the fact that such instruments mainly aim at facilitating mobility, bottlenecks may nonetheless arise in practice. ITEM briefly sets out some exemplary bottlenecks including suggested solutions related to the recognition of qualifications following from their casuistry and research.

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    Quick scan of Dutch coalition agreement: effects for border regions

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    De ITEM quick scan maakt een eerste inschatting mogelijk in hoeverre een onderwerp een verdere beoordeling vergt wat mogelijke grenseffecten betreft. ITEM heeft de quick scan toegepast op beleidsvoornemens die in het Nederlandse Regeerakkoord van 2017 worden genoemd. 

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    Comparative research into European arrest warrants

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    This news item is only available in Dutch.

    Op 1 januari 2018 begint de Internationale Rechtshulpkamer (IRK) van de Rechtbank Amsterdam in samenwerking met de Universiteit Maastricht aan een rechtsvergelijkend onderzoek naar Europese aanhoudingsbevelen (EAB’s) die betrekking hebben op personen die niet aanwezig zijn geweest in de procedure die tot hun veroordeling heeft geleid (verstekveroordelingen).  In het Handvest van de grondrechten van de Europese Unie is gegarandeerd dat iedereen recht heeft op een eerlijk proces, waarvan het recht om bij de behandeling van de strafzaak aanwezig te zijn onderdeel uitmaakt.

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    Debate on the role of EU agencies in the Future Europe

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    On Thursday, 7 December 2017 a debate about the role of the European agencies in the future Europe will take place. This event will be organised within the framework of the Europe Calling programme. Hosted by the UM Faculty of Law, the debate will take place at the Bonbonnière in Maastricht. The event will be opened by Ms. Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht. A number of prominent representatives of European Agencies will discuss and share their views with the public.

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    Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs 2018: bachelor programmes Tax Law and European Law School in first place

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The Keuzegids 2018 shows an excellent score for the Maastricht law programmes. Both the bachelor programmes in Tax Law and European Law School are in first place in this ranking. The bachelor programme in Dutch Law climbs to a very good third place.

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    Prof. Jan Eijsbouts project leader in Business and Human Rights International Arbitration Project

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    The Hague Institute for Global Justice is launching a project to resolve business and human rights disputes using international arbitration. The aim is to help provide access to remedy within the framework of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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    The importance of cross-border impact assessments reaffirmed

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Can certain rules affect the daily lives of border residents? By means of an impact assessment, the impact of certain guidelines can be measured. The ITEM Expertise Centre is committed to mapping the impact of legislation and policies for border regions. In this context, ITEM published its annual Cross-border Impact Assessment 2017 on Friday, November 10, 2017.

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    Winds of change for border areas

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    There is a growing interest in cross-border collaboration in the European Union , says Maastricht University's Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). ITEM's annual cross-border impact assessment generates scientific insights into themes involving cross-border mobility and cooperation.

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    Prof. Sjef van Erp elected as Secretary-General of the International Association of Legal Science (IALS)

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    The Executive Committee of the International Association of Legal Science (IALS) has unanimously chosen prof. Sjef van Erp as their Secretary-General.

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    Prof. Ferdinand Grapperhaus named Minister of Justice and Security

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Prof. Ferdinand Grapperhaus, professor of (European) Labour Law at Maastricht University Faculty of Law, has been named Minister of Security and Justice in the third successive Dutch cabinet led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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  • Dhruv Sanghavi wins 2017 IFA President YIN Scientific Award

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Dhruv Sanghavi has been awarded the 2017 IFA President YIN Scientific Award for his work `The Proposed Tiebreaker Rule in OECD/G20 BEPS Action 6: A Critical Examination of the Possible Motives and Means, and a Potential Alternative´.

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  • Appointment of David Roef as special professor of Criminal Law and Neurosciences

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    As per 1 July 2017, David Roef, who is currently an associate professor at our faculty, has been appointed as special professor of Criminal Law and Neurosciences (0,2 fte). The importance of neurosciences for law has increased considerably over the past years and this chair aims to contribute to the increasing need to link neuroscientific information and legal principles and concepts; the chair holder will contribute to interdisciplinary research and courses pertaining to the relation between law and neurosciences.

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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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