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and interdisciplinary context.


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of Europeanisation and globalisation and the role of the national legal order therein.

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The Maastricht Graduate School of Law offers a stimulating and internationally oriented environment for legal research. It is dedicated to train excellent PhD researchers and honours students from all over the world to extend, deepen and actively apply their knowledge, so as to become highly qualified researchers.

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    Remarkable performance: UM Faculty of Law improves position for third consecutive year in (THE) World University Rankings for LAW

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    The faculty consolidates its already strong position in the 2021 ranking by moving up from the 40th to the 34th position. Looking at other Dutch law faculties, we are very proud to see that we are in good company with only the law faculties of Leiden, Tilburg and Amsterdam also reaching the top 34 of this prestigious ranking. Of all the European law faculties in this ranking our faculty now takes up a very strong position in 12th place.

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    EU Climate Law through the lens of the Aarhus convention

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Sandra Nascimento da Nobrega.
    This thesis found there is a need for a more consistent and clearer EU legal framework which should ensure access to climate change-related information and participation in climate change decision-making.

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    Jurisdiction in cross-border copyright infringement cases. Rethinking the approach of the court of justice of the European Union

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Birgit van Houtert-Rebero.
    The dissertation provides new jurisdiction rules that yield predictable and efficient adjudication in cross-border copyright infringement cases. The proposals can be used in the European Union and at international level.

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    Repatriation of sacred indigenous cultural heritage and the law – Lessons from the United States and Canada

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Vanessa Tünsmeyer.
    The thesis focusses on sacred cultural heritage that was taken from indigenous communities during colonialism and remains in museum collections both in Europe and abroad.

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    The new economic governance of the Eurozone – a rule of law analysis

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Paul Dermine.
    The main ambition of this research has been to determine if, and to what extent, the new economic governance of the Eurozone adheres to the founding constitutional guarantees of the EU legal order, namely those drawn from the rule of law principle.

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    Further step towards unhindered cross-border pension provision

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

    On 18 September Dutch Minister Koolmees answered parliamentary questions about the possibility for pensioners abroad to pass on their proof of life via an app. This concerns a case in which ITEM, together with Advisor on Frontier Work for the MEP Jeroen Lenaers, has worked on in favour of persons receiving pension benefits abroad. The current approach responds to earlier ITEM recommendations and sets the stage for the unhindered enjoyment of cross-border pension payments.

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    A broken tandem: understanding lack of witness cooperation in the interview room

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Alejandra De la Fuente Vilar.
    Some witnesses of crime do not want to cooperate with the police during the police investigation, and their participation is not obligatory. This PhD research focuses on the promotion of cooperation during witness interviews.

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    A Journey into causes of corporate misbehaviour: why corporate legal disciplines and regulation need to be structurally reformed

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Constantijn van Aartsen.
    Corporations are the most powerful economic entities in contemporary society. The main finding in this thesis is that existing regulatory approaches in corporate law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility are methodologically suboptimal and politically biased.

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    Longer than life: how the ICTY strengthened the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Kei Hannah Brodersen.
    This dissertation examines in what respect the ICTY had an impact on the Bosnian and Serbian criminal justice systems and finds that it influenced national war crimes institutions, domestic criminal legislation and jurisprudence, witnesses’ and victims’ matters, and the use of technology in criminal proceedings.

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  • Janwillem (Pim) Oosterhuis in online seminar on COVID and unforeseen circumstances

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    On 8 October 2020, Janwillem (Pim) Oosterhuis, together with Lauri Railas and Graham Coop, will give a virtual seminar on 'Rebalancing unbalanced contracts in COVID times: how do legal systems approach the challenge?'

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    La norme pénale a l'épreuve de la protection de I'environnement au Cameroun

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Georges Ondoua Akoa.
    On a formal level, Cameroonian environmental law seems attractive, but in practice it is insufficient as it is rarely enforced by those responsible for its implementation. 

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  • DigiD transcending borders: Frontier workers now able to apply for DigiD

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    DigiD is known as the quick and easy identification system for use of government websites. Sadly, in the past frontier workers seemed to be excluded from this service. In accordance with the ruling of the Council of State, the Dutch government has officially expanded the DigiD provision. Meaning that, as of today, frontier workers are able to apply for a DigiD. ITEM reports how this decision came about and what it means.

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    Modderman Prize 2020, honorable mention for Elvira Loibl

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Elvira Loibl received an honorable mention from the selection committee of the Modderman Prize 2020 for her thesis, entitled 'The Transnational Illegal Adoption Market. A Criminological Study of the German and Dutch Intercountry Adoption Systems'. She wrote this thesis under the guidance of Prof. A.H. Klip, Prof. S.W.E. Rutten and Prof. E. Wesseling.

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    Beleidsbepaling en aansprakelijkheid: een drieluik over de feitelijke beheersing van vennootschappen

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Jeffrey van Nuland.
    Een onderzoek dat betrekking heeft op de aansprakelijkheid die voortvloeit uit het bepalen van beleid bij een vennootschap. (Dutch only).

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  • MCEL launches the MCEL Master Thesis Project 2020-2021: Greening Europe

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Greening Europe is this year’s MCEL master thesis project which brings together students and staff members of MCEL who are interested in the study of EU environmental law. 

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    A fresh start for ITEM

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Since August 2020 ITEM has moved to a beautiful historic building of Maastricht University in the city centre of Maastricht. In addition, ITEM has a new coordinator, Pascal Vossen, who runs the daily office since this spring.

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    PANDEMRIC explores the benefits of Euregional cooperation during (health) crises

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    Discoordination at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak caused numerous bottlenecks in the border regions, which proved to have negative effects on Euregional cooperation. The PANDEMRIC project (Interreg V-A Euregio Maas-Rijn), aimed at promoting Euroregional cooperation in the field of health care, may offer opportunities for optimal cross-border crisis management.

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  • Portoroz News

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    On 10-11 September 2020, the University of Maribor is hosting a conference on the "Diversity of Enforcement Titles in cross-border Debt Collection in the EU".

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    Marta Santos Silva co-edits large book on the legal impact of coronavirus

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Together with Ewoud Hondius, Andrea Nicolussi, Pablo Salvador Coderch, Christiane Wendehorst and Fryderyk Zoll, Marta Santos Silva co-edited the book “Coronavirus and the Law in Europe”, whose online version was published by Intersentia in August 2020.

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    Pension fund ABP follows ITEM recommendation

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Read more
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    Two awards NWO/NWA Idea generator

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    The NWO has awarded two grants to projects of the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab under its Idea Generator Programme.


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    2020 dissertation prize online award ceremony with Matteo Bonelli

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Last Wednesday, June 23, Matteo Bonelli received from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation the 2020 Dissertation Prize for his PhD research ‘A Union of Values – Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Human Rights in the EU Member States’. The PhD was written in Maastricht under the supervision of Prof. Monica Claes and Bruno De Witte and defended in June 2019.

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    Cross-border access to electronic evidence

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Josua Sitompul.
    Cross-border access to electronic evidence: Improving Indonesian Law and Practice in Investigating Cybercrime. This book investigates aspects of international law, criminal procedure law, and data protection law as foundations in improving Indonesian law and practice to resolve the problems.

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    Maastricht wins Nuremberg Moot Court!

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    Another significant victory for Maastricht law students in the Nuremberg Moot Court!

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    Semifinal place for UM Law team in PAX Moot Court International Competition

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    After four solid pleading performances in the preliminary rounds, Charlotte, Marc, Anna and Laura secured a place in the semifinals, together with the Universities of Cologne, Erasmus Rotterdam and Singapore Management University. The team did not manage to reach the finals, that was eventually won by the University of Cologne but looks back at a very successful participation in this exciting international competition.

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    National policy space in the WTO general agreement on trade in services

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Nishara Mendis.
    "National Policy Space in the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services: with Special Reference to Public Health Services".

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    Legal Remedies Against the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Luisa Cortat.
    Legal Remedies Against the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans: an analysis of the attempts from public international law and private initiatives to face the plastic soup.

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    Future implications of the judgment of the German Constitutional Court

    Friday, June 5, 2020

    MCEL devoted two online seminars to the discussion of the content and future implications of the judgment of the German Constitutional Court of 5 May 2020 on the European Central Bank's market interventions (variously called the Weiss or PSPP judgment).

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    Dr Kees Sterk appointed endowed professor of European Administration of Justice

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    As from 1 June 2020, dr Kees Sterk has been appointed as endowed professor of European Administration of Justice. The chair has been placed within the Department of Public Law. The purpose of the endowed chair is to increase knowledge regarding the application of European law in a broad sense (including the ECHR) within Dutch case law, including from a comparative law perspective.

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    Erasmus dissertation prize for Matteo Bonelli

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Matteo Bonelli has been awarded the Erasmus prize for his dissertation: A Union of Values. Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in the EU Member States. Supervisors of the dissertation were: Monica Claes and Bruno de Witte. The award ceremony will take place on 23 juni 2020.


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    New teaching seminar on EU Agencies

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    New teaching seminar on EU Agencies: As of next academic year, Ellen Vos and Merijn Chamon will be Visiting Professors at the College of Europe (Bruges), teaching a seminar on 'EU agencies: shifting paradigms of EU administration'.


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    The recognition of qualifications in the EU

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Lavinia Kortese.
    Blurring the lines of competences between the internal market and education.

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    On emigrant nationality

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Luuk van der Baaren.
    A Comparative Analysis of the Toleration of Dual Nationality from an Emigration Perspective”.

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    Mariolina Eliantonio and Paul Stephenson appointed co-directors of UM Campus Brussels

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Read more
  • Nadeelcompensatie en tegemoetkoming in planschade - PhD publicatie

    Nadeelcompensatie en tegemoetkoming in planschade

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Jonathan Huijts.
    This dissertation is about disadvantage compensation, in other words: compensation for lawful government action. This topic is currently regulated by dozens of laws and hundreds of lower regulations. 

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  • Renan Saraiva PhD publication

    The role of metamemory in eyewitness testimony

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Renan Saraiva Benigno.
    Estimating eyewitness memory accuracy is crucial in forensic settings, given the need for efficient investigations and the negative consequences of erroneous testimony. In fact, mistaken identifications of innocent suspect have contributed to numerous miscarriages of justice, which often results in many years of innocent lives spent in prison.

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  • Research Prize for Matteo Bonelli

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Last week we received the wonderful news that Matteo Bonelli has been awarded one of the five Research Prizes from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for his PhD dissertation titled ‘A Union of Values; Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in the EU Member States’.

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  • SURF grant for project: training students for the 21st century using web-based network analysis

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    This year the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has granted 15 projects (of 34 submitted) to start exploring new and challenging ideas in the context of open and online education. As many as 5 of these project proposals have been submitted by colleagues at Maastricht University (UM).

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    Staatsrecht begrepen

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    This publication is only in Dutch.
    Staatsrecht begrepen is een gestructureerde en systematische inleiding in het Nederlandse staatsrecht. Lichamen, organen, bevoegdheden, wetgeving, de verhouding regering en parlement, rechtspraak, grondrechten, bestuur, decentralisatie, de doorwerking van EU-recht en van internationaal recht worden beschreven en uiteengezet. 

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    Appointment dr. Herke Kranenborg as professor in European Data Protection and Privacy Law

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    As per 1 May 2020, a chair in European Data Protection and Privacy Law will be established at our faculty. The chair holder will be dr. Herke Kranenborg. In our faculty, expertise in the field of data, privacy and cybersecurity is embedded in the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL) and the Maastricht Law & Tech Lab. The appointment of Herke Kranenborg aims to enlarge and strengthen the faculty’s current group of academic experts in this rapidly growing field.

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    Publication study for RIVM on working with HDI

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    In March 2020 the UM/METRO report Aansprakelijkheid voor het laten werken met HDI op POMS locaties (liability for letting people work with HDI at POMS locations) was published by RIVM. This report is part of a series of eight reports related to research on HDI from CARC at POMS locations of the Ministry of Defense. For more info (in Dutch) see the RIVM website.

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    Mr.dr. Bastiaan Kemp appointed as endowed professor of Corporate Governance and Corporate Regulation

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Mr.dr. Bastiaan Kemp has been appointed as endowed professor of Corporate Governance and Corporate Regulation as per 1 April 2020. The chair will be hosted by the department of Private Law. This new chair is intended to strengthen the Corporate Governance profile of Maastricht University. 

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    Populism and Democracy

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    This volume is part of a research project on populism and democracy conducted at Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, and funded by the Statesman Thorbecke Fund at the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (knaw).

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    Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020: Corona mainly controls the cross-border situation

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    ITEM’s main task is to help remove border barriers within the EU. That is why we publish a detailed annual report on which we regard as the key issues that could create such barriers.

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    Second place in regional finals European Law Moot Court

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    The Maastricht team, consisting of Julie Dorval, David Gruber, Claire De Neve and Francesca Rinaudo, obtained a well-deserved second place in the regional finals of the European Law Moot Court competition. Besides their strong pleading and legal reasoning skills, their coaches underline the devotion and resilience which each member of the Team showed during both the preparation and the competition.


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  • Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Cees Mulder, Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT. Quick Reference for Daily Practice and EQE Paper D and Pre-Exam 
    1st edition (2020) issued by Helze BV Publisher

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  • The Cross-Referenced Patent Cooperation Treaty

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Cees Mulder, The Cross-Referenced Patent Cooperation Treaty
    18th edition (2020) issued by Helze BV Publisher

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    Will AI take over the world? An Inside Story by Aljazeera - featuring Catalina Goanta

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    Many of us interact every day with Siri, Apple's voice-activated digital personal assistant. The machines are getting smarter, but experts are divided as to when we'll move from basic AI to the scarey stuff of science fiction, if at all. Almost 50% of American jobs are under threat over the next 15 years, and health care will probably get more expensive as AI increasingly gets involved in keeping us alive. But besides the benefits, what are the risks?

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    The old age: a new role for the pension sector towards more prosperity, or more well-being?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    On 27 January 2020, the ninth edition of the Maastricht Pensions Seminar took place. The theme of the seminar was 'Pensions: Outside In - The old age: a new role for the pension sector towards more prosperity, or more well-being?

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    Maastricht Wins Jessup National Rounds!

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    After four high-quality and competitive preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the final. They were successful against the team from the University of Amsterdam and won the Dutch National Rounds of the Jessup competition. Nga Janda was also awarded 2nd best speaker in the competition, and the team won the 3rd place prize for their memorials.

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  • News

    EU Agencies and conflicts of interests

    Monday, February 3, 2020

    MCEL scholar Ellen Vos together with Natassa Athanasiadou and Laura Dohmen carried out a study on EU agencies and conflicts of interests, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions.

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    First Nova activities took place

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    The first workshop on Digitalisation, Ethics and EU Fundamental Rights of the NOVA-EU Project took place on January 2020. Be on the lookout for the next workshops on Migration and Borders, the Internal and External Dimension of Sustainable Europe, and  EU Rule of Law and Democracy!

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  • Faculty of Law trains human rights defenders in international criminal law

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    The course “Training Human Rights Defenders in the Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court” was organised by Fabián Raimondo, Associate Professor of Public International Law, supported by Mundo. 

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  • Caroline Cauffman appointed member of the Editorial Board TvC

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    One of the scientific directors of M-EPLI, Caroline Cauffman, has joined the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Handelspraktijken- en Consumentenrecht (TvC), the most influential Dutch consumer law journal. 

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  • Nationality of foundlings

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Mai Kaneko-Iwase.
    Are your parents really 'unknown'? Assessment of 'foundinghood' under international law to avoid statelessness. While the scholarly body of knowledge on statelessness in general has expaned in recent years, little has been written on foundlings in general. The objective of this study is to address the gaps in the existing literature.

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    Dutch court rules: no discrimination in access to online public services

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    A Belgian resident successfully brought a case to court with the help of the ITEM Expertise Centre, because she did not receive a DigiD.

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  • Proceedings before the European Patent Office - A practical guide to success in opposition and appeal

    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    Marcus Müller (EPO - Munchen) and Cees Mulder, Proceedings before the European Patent Office - A practical guide to success in opposition and appeal (Elgar Practical Guides, 2020).

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  • Tactics for D - A methodology for EQE Paper D

    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis (EP&C), Tactics for D - A methodology for EQE Paper D
    5th edition (2020) issued by Helze BV Publisher

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    Maastricht scholars successfully fight forced marriage and marital captivity

    Friday, December 20, 2019

    For the research group led by Susan Rutten, professor of Islamic Family Law in a European Context at Maastricht University (UM), in recent weeks, everything has fallen into place. Partly in response to the recommendations of their MARICAP study, the Dutch minister of legal protection Sander Dekker recently proposed a bill to make it possible to bring a swifter end to marital captivity.

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  • Blog IGIR Patent aggregation, innovation, and competition law: setting the stage

    "Consumer and data privacy: the digital revolution of legal, social and economic interaction"

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    On Friday 24 January 2020, the Faculty of Law at the Maastricht University will host the International Symposium ‘’Consumer and data privacy: the digital revolution of legal, social and economic interaction’’, with the support of the Limburg University Fund/SWOL, the Faculty of Law at the Maastricht University, and the Maastricht, Working on Europe Research Agenda.

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