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and interdisciplinary context.


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    How to promote your research?

    Friday, October 22, 2021

    Would you like to generate impact for your research outside the university world? Reach a wider audience that includes changemakers such as politicians and policymakers? Build interest from funding organisations that might finance your future research? And above all, contribute to a society in which science is better understood?

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  • anakwah

    Considering the native land of witnesses: cultural influences on memory reports

    Monday, September 27, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Nkansah Anakwah
    The research shows witnesses with sub-Saharan African background are less elaborative in their eyewitness accounts than witnesses socialised in Western European cultures. Findings are discussed with respect to culturally determined reporting norms of the witness.

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    AHRI Adopts Maastricht Declaration on Human Rights Backsliding in Poland

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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    International responsibility and attribution of conduct: an analysis of case law on human rights and humanitarian law

    Friday, September 10, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Remy Jorritsma
    This thesis analyses the standard and function of attribution rules in the case law of human rights courts, quasi-judicial human rights bodies, and international criminal courts with jurisdiction over violations of humanitarian law.

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  • Lars van Vliet

    Appointment of Lars van Vliet as extraordinary professor of Art Law, particularly in its private law aspects

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Read more
  • vollmer

    Financial Instruments and their Proportionality and Consistency under EU Law

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Maximilian Vollmer
    This thesis investigated whether the European Commission designs financial instruments and applies their legal framework in accordance with the principles of proportionality and consistency under European Union (EU) law.

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    Hestia grants for talented UM researchers

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) today awarded a Hestia grant to two researchers, who will receive a UM appointment funded by the ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’ pilot, which was launched in 2018.

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    What is the right attitude for an ethical lawyer?

    Monday, July 5, 2021

    She was a criminal lawyer for many years and a member of the Dutch Senate for the GroenLinks (green left) party. Since 2019, she has been professor of Legal Professions & Ethics at Maastricht University. And in her latest novel, De Juiste Houding [The Right Attitude], her fascination with the grey area between real and fake is revealed in a scintillating way. We talk to Britta Böhler about the morally objectionable aspects of the law, forgeries in art and the role of literature in equal rights for men and women.

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  • The EU Approach in Migration in the Mediterranean

    The EU Approach on Migration in the Mediterranean

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    Faculty of Law Assistant Professor Lilian Tsourdi, together with colleagues from the Odysseus Academic Network on EU Migration and Asylum Law, co-authored a large-scale study (220 pages) commissioned by the EP Civil Liberties (LIBE) committee.

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    Dean Jan Smits: legal nerd who doesn't shy away from obstacles

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

    It is 1986. The time of Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C., but also of Billy Oceans' When the going gets tough, the tough get going and a harsh Elfstedentocht’. In Leiden, Jan Smits starts studying law at a sizeable faculty with 1200 first-year students. It’s a big contrast to the small-scale law faculty in Maastricht where he became dean in 2017.

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  • Call for abstracts: Challenges to Genocide Research

    Monday, June 14, 2021

    In collaboration with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights is organising a workshop entitled 'Critique is a gift: A workshop on challenges to genocide research.' The organisers invite abstracts to be submitted by July 15th 2021.

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    “I’m standing on the shoulders of many people”

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Abazi’s potential is easy to recognise, which is reflected in the reactions from several mentors and juries in her academic career thus far. She is lucky (or is it foresight?) that her research topics, such as her work on the legal protection of whistleblowers, often appear in the news. Recently, she was presented with an Early Career Award by the KNAW. This is Vigjilenca Abazi’s impressive story.

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  • zimmerman

    Success factors for cross-border real estate transactions: information and patience

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Buying a house abroad, with the complex procedures of rules and formalities that apply in the world of real estate transactions, one might wonder: what obstacles might I encounter? In her dissertation, Katja Zimmermann examined the operation and obstacles of various land registration systems. Her research resulted in well-considered proposals for the facilitation of cross-border real estate transactions.

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    Regional launch of The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    This book launch event will focus on one of the key challenges facing international refugee law, externalisation of protection obligations. Convened by the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL) at Maastricht University, and co-sponsored by the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and Oxford University Press (OUP).

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  • antoniades

    Remedies for Human Rights Violations by the European Union

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Alexis Antoniades. 
    This thesis concentrates on this relationship between the EU and individual applicants in human rights cases. It critically analyses how the EU may be held accountable for violations of human rights through procedures and remedies available to the individual applicant. 

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    Appointment of Maja Brkan as judge of the EU General Court

    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    We congratulate Maja Brkan with a new prestigious position. Last week she has officially been appointed to the post of judge of the EU General Court.

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    Facilitating cross-border real estate transactions in Europe: An exploration

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Katja Zimmermann
    The aim of this research is to explore how cross-border real estate transactions in Europe can be facilitated. 

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  • Bram Akkermans

    Appointment of Bram Akkermans as professor of Property Law

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    As of 1 June 2021, Bram Akkermans will be appointed professor of Property Law. He succeeds Sjef van Erp, who retired in January 2021. Until 1 June, Bram was an Associate Professor in the Private Law department.

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  • Book cover with abstract image and the title 'Myth or Lived Reality - On the (In)Effectiveness of Human Rights'

    Book publication: Myth or Lived Reality - On the (In)Effectiveness of Human Rights

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    This book seeks to explore, from a multidisciplinary perspective, whether human rights are, in fact, a myth or a lived reality. Over the years much has been said about their effectiveness or, rather, their ineffectiveness. This perceived ineffectiveness relates not only to institutional challenges at the international level, but also to national implementation mechanisms and processes. In addition, questions have arisen as to whether individuals or groups of individuals actually benefit from the normative guarantees contained in human rights law and whether human rights as legal constructs can be effectively translated into better outcomes.

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  • Maastricht Study Group for Critical Approaches to International Law host online workshop

    Friday, May 21, 2021

    On Thursday 20 May, the Maastricht Study Group for Critical Approaches to International Law hosted its first external event, an online workshop entitled Narratives of International Law. With 3 panels, a total of 17 panelists joining from 4 different continents, from students to professors, the workshop provided many diverse and stimulating conversations on what international law is, and what it could be. 

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    How a joint European asylum system could eventually be realised

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Can you still remember the picture of the body of a drowned toddler washed up on the Turkish beach? In September 2015, the image of the Syrian child refugee Alan Kurdi shocked the world. Surely things would change for the better now! However, the outcome was disappointing. With a Veni grant, Lilian Tsourdi (Maastricht University) is investigating EU immigration and asylum law in the hope of getting the ball to roll a bit faster.

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    Best Defendant memorandum Award voor Tax Moot Court team

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    From March 28 - April 2, 2021, Maastricht University competed in the International and European Tax Moot Court Competition 2020 – 2021 organized by the Institute of Tax Law of KU Leuven and the IBFD in cooperation with Deloitte.

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  • kristy

    The evolution of sustainable development in public international law

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Michelle Kristy. 
    This dissertation explores the implications of the evolution of the concept of sustainable development in public international law for the WTO agreements covering the domestic regulation of trade in goods. 

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  • horselenberg

    How do you solve a murder?

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Robert Horselenberg has been in charge of the Maastricht cold-case team since its creation about 10 years ago. Ten students, mostly from the master’s degree in Forensics, Criminology and Law, are given six months to study an existing cold case and come up with recommendations for the Public Prosecution Service and the cold-case team of the Limburg Police.

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  • mouttotos

    The impact of Europeanization in Cyprus Contract Law and the spill-over to matters of civil procedure

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Nicholas Mouttotos.
    This dissertation analyzes the impact that European Union law has had upon Cyprus law, focusing on the problems that arose after the financial crisis and how EU law can be used as a vehicle for dealing with problems of over-indebtedness. 

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  • eggett

    General principles as systemic elements of international law

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Craig Eggett.
    This study considered the nature of “general principles of law” in the international legal system. While much is known about treaties and customary law, there is a tendency to overlook foundational theoretical questions about general principles in international law. What kind of norms are they?

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  • Mark Kawakami in his kitchen

    Traditions with an aftertaste

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    A peek inside the kitchen of Mark Kawakami. Mark, assistant professor of Private Law, grew up in Japan and Hawaii. Omotenashi, Japanese hospitality, was drilled into him from an early age, but when it comes to food, he prefers the spicy cuisines of Thailand or Mexico to that of Japan.

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  • Taxation of passive investment income in tax treaties between developing and developed countries

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Garfias von Fürstenberg.
    The aim of this doctoral thesis is to determine whether the criteria / principles which govern the treatment of passive investment income in double taxation conventions (DTCs) between developing and developed countries are effective and appropriate for the interests of developing countries.

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  • Dr Christopher Heath

    Appointment of dr. Christopher Heath as endowed chair Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    As per 1 March 2021, dr. Christopher Heath has been appointed as professor on the endowed chair of Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication. 

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    ITEM focal point taken up: addition to Dutch qualification policy for German social insurance schemes

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    The Dutch Ministry of Finance has updated the guideline on the tax qualification policy of foreign social security schemes. According to expertise centre ITEM, the addition concerning certain German social insurances is a positive development, which is in line with their vision and commitment in respect of cross-border pension regulations. The tax treatment of, among others, liberal professions and professional soldiers is addressed.

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  • Matteo Bonelli won the UM Dissertation Prize

    Friday, February 5, 2021

    Dr Matteo Bonelli has become the winner of the UM Dissertation Prize for his thesis "A Union of Values: Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in the EU Member States". 

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  • La protection des transports de marchandises par mer en droit ivoirien

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Yapo Firmin AKA.
    There is legislation in Ivorian law governing the transport of goods by sea. It deals with the protection of goods and the safety of navigation. However, given the limits it contains, it deserves to be improved.

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    Looking back at 2020 with our LAW annual review: read more about innovative education and our impact on society

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Perhaps you might come to the conclusion that in 2020, because of corona, time stood still in our law faculty. Despite setbacks and start-up problems - after all, everything and everyone had to switch to online within a short period of time - a lot of positive things happened last year.

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    Judicial activism and restraint in the creation of the International Judicial Function

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Leonie Ayoub.
    The thesis attempts to bring coherence to the manner in which international courts and tribunals interpret international law, how they reason out their decisions, and the subsequent effect that this has had upon the institutions themselves.

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    Facilitating falsification in legal decision-making: problems in practice and potential solutions

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Enide Maegherman.
    This thesis researched the role of falsification in legal decision-making. Namely, how judges consider exonerating evidence and alternative scenarios. This was researched in practice through a survey, interviews, and a case study.

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    Going ‘back to our core DNA’ with new curriculum for the bachelor’s in Law

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    It was a long-held desire: redesigning the curriculum for the bachelor's programme in Rechtsgeleerdheid (Law).' It is a return to the thematic approach, but in a 21st century context. There are no more short cases, but one big project per semester that involves the different types of law. After two years of planning and designing the curriculum, it finally went from the drawing board to the (virtual) classroom in August 2020. Bram Akkermans, associate professor and project leader of the curriculum redesign: “Now, colouring in the picture has begun. And fortunately—befitting of an unconventional faculty—colouring is also being done outside the lines.”

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    Survey - ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2021

    Friday, December 18, 2020

    The consultation round on the upcoming ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2021 is herewith launched! Grab the opportunity to share your experiences with ITEM! Dossier suggestions can be made up to and including 18 January 2021.

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    Switzerland and the European Union

    Thursday, December 17, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Joel Günthardt.
    The Implications of the Institutional Framework and the Right of Free Movement for the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications

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    Extending DigiD access makes life easier for cross-border workers

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    Imagine you live in Belgium and have been working in the Netherlands for years. But unlike your Dutch colleagues, you can’t access your pension information online. That is because you are not entitled to a DigiD, which is the identity verification service of the Dutch government. To help make life easier for this real-life Belgian worker and all the other cross-border workers, Dr. Alexander Hoogenboom took up the case.

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    Matteo Bonelli and Daniel On looking back on PhD life with a sense of pride

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    One from Italy. One from Romania. Both sharing a house in Maastricht while getting their PhDs. Both earning their degrees with the distinction cum laude. Matteo Bonelli and Daniel On share about their life and research at the Maastricht University Faculty of Law.

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    Towards a comprehensive dispute settlement system in a China-EU bilateral investment treaty

    Monday, December 14, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Chunlei Zhao.
    Since 2013, China and the EU have launched the negotiations on a China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty. 

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    Informal fund transfer systems: mechanisms, survival and adaptation

    Monday, December 7, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Han Chang Ryung.

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    Lilian Tsourdi and Ellen Vos latest publication

    Friday, December 4, 2020 Read more
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    Multinational enterprises, European state aid and transfer pricing

    Friday, December 4, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Paulina Szotek-Ververken.
    A Study of the Application of EU State Aid Law to Transfer Pricing and Allocation of Income to Permanent Establishments.

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    Addiction: between personal responsibility and brain disease

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    Anna Goldberg is currently writing her dissertation on the role of addiction in criminal law from a neuroscientific perspective under the supervision of David Roef, endowed professor of Criminal Law.

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    Strict liability and the aims of Tort Law

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Alexandru Daniël On.
    This PhD thesis contributes to the comparative law and legal-theoretical debates around strict liability.

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    Ad Valorem Tariffs and Customs Valuation

    Monday, November 30, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Leonardo Correia Lima Macedo.
    This dissertation investigates the adoption of ad valorem tariffs in association with the WTO rules on customs valuation for countries’ revenue needs. 

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  • The enforceability of interim measures granted by an emergency arbitrator in international commercial arbitration

    Monday, November 30, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Junmin Zhang.
    The emergency arbitrator mechanism makes interim measures possible for parties involved in international commercial arbitration before the constitution of arbitral tribunals under urgent situations. However, with the development of the emergency arbitrator mechanism, the enforceability of interim measures made by an emergency arbitrator is questioned. 

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    De Dashboardsamenleving: van improvisatie tot providere

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    PhD thesis written by David Bamps.
    Throughout history there’s been a search for a moral compass, but a definitive one has never been found. That could change. Humans are no longer alone on the playing field but are surrounded by new star players: artificial intelligence and robotics. Herein appear the contours of a new type of society.

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    KNAW Early Career Award 2020 for Vigjilenca Abazi

    Monday, November 16, 2020

    In the field of Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, Vigjilenca Abazi has won the  KNAW Early Career Award for her research on the relatively young subject of whistleblowing in the European Union.

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    The EU Green Deal and the Future of the Modern Corporation - video

    Monday, November 16, 2020

    Looking back on a great online event regarding The EU Green Deal and the Future of the Modern Corporation. Here is a video summary of the webinar - featuring: John Kay (Oxford University), Diederik Samsom (EU), Marlies van Wijhe (Van Wijhe Verf), Dimitri-de Vreeze (DSM Nederland), and Hein Schumacher (Friesland Campina).

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    MCEL/RENFORCE webinar on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    On 20th October 2020, MCEL member Assistant Professor Lilian Tsourdi jointly convened an inter-institutional webinar with Dr. Salvo Nicolosi, Assistant Professor in Utrecht and RENFORCE member. 

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    Le Principe de la Libre Administration des Collectivités Territoriales en Droit du Bénin et en Droit de la France

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    PhD thesis written by Abasse Olossoumare.
    The question raised by this study is to determine, in fact, whether the principle of the free administration of local authorities in general theory of law is a simple legal rule or rather a legal principle.

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  • MCEL members author studies for the European Parliament

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    On 28 October, MCEL members Professor Lisa Waddington and Dr Andrea Broderick presented their Study on The Post-2020 European Disability Strategy at a Workshop on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities hosted by the Petition’s Committee of the European Parliament.

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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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    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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    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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  • Riviera

    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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • pax_law

    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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  • PhD thesis written by Luisa Cortat - plastic soup

    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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  • Europese Unie

    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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  • Brussels

    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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  • RIVM

    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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  • law_populism_and_democracy_montesquieu

    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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  • News NOVA

    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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  • Marital Captivity blog Human Rights

    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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    A second category of people affected by the childcare allowance: PhD students with a grant

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    As ‘grant PhD students’ are not paid by the university but receive funding via an external (foreign) scholarship, they are not entitled to a child care allowance in the Netherlands.

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  • Hande Wevers

    Hande Wevers wins Maastricht Human Rights prize 2019

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Read more
  • Visit Chinese delegation of SAMR

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    On 6 December 2019, a delegation of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) visited METRO, to discuss digital governments, government information disclosure and economics of regulation. 

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  • european law Brkan

    Why am I seeing this? Who paid for it?

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    Fake news isn’t fake news – it’s really a real issue. Then again, you can’t trust anything you read on the internet, including this. Legal scholar Maja Brkan on her efforts to understand and communicate the impact of political advertising and disinformation on democracy.

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    Arm’s Length Treatment of Soft-Intangibles

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Thomas Kipka.
    Comparative Analysis of the Treatment of Soft-Intangibles in Business Restructurings in Germany, the United States and according to the OECD.

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  • ITEM

    Province of Limburg supports ITEM with 3 million euro

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    The province of Limburg will support expertise centre ITEM with a grant of 3 million euros over the next 5 years. 

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