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  • fons coomans

    Are human rights of future generations our concern?

    Monday, October 3, 2022

    After years of meaningful work at our university, Prof. Fons Coomans gave his farewell address to the Faculty of Law on 2 September, where he examined important human rights questions. How do they impact our daily lives? And how do they affect people on a personal level? Will future generations still have human rights?

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  • law_nasrat_sayed_and_arif_aksu Hestia Grant

    A window of opportunity for grant recipients Nasrat and Arif

    Thursday, April 7, 2022

    Both work on their projects at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law on a Hestia Grant. With that, their paths towards settling in Dutch academia and enriching the knowledge and skills in their home countries might look parallel moving towards the future. But Nasrat Sayed’s and Arif Aksu’s respective research projects are unique stories on their own.

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  • Law jaarverslag Polen and EU flag

    Partial independence doesn’t exist: how will the EU get on with Poland?

    Tuesday, April 5, 2022

    The European rule of law is under siege in Poland. On October 7th, 2021, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal declared that the Polish Constitution is more important than any EU treaty. The rest of Europe is keeping a close eye on the situation; how is it going to develop? Is there any chance that the sovereignty of European law will be restored? And how did we get here?

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  • What’s Next for New wind for post-academic education

    Friday, April 1, 2022

    The UM Faculty of Law’s post-academic education has been high-level for years, but we can always do better. The corona pandemic was a catalyst for new initiatives to be launched. We had to make changes. Not only practical but also in terms of content. One of our ambitions? To showcase the international attraction of the university through post-academic education.

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  • Law_britta_bohler story

    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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  • jan smits

    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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  • vigjilenca_abazi story of science

    “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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    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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  • Law_heidi_gulix

    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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  • Drones and the law

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    They can do it already: deliver pizzas and medicines, inspect windows for cleanliness, monitor crowds. And all that autonomously, without a human driver. But how do you ensure that drones comply with laws and regulations? Professor of Private Law and technology expert Gijs van Dijck translates legal rules such that drones can understand and implement them.

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  • ruben knehans

    Mad or bad: can we tackle aggression with brain stimulation?

    Monday, August 1, 2022

    It could come straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian movie A Clockwork Orange: using direct brain stimulation to reduce aggressive behaviour. For PhD student Ruben Knehans, it’s his daily business. Aside from the medical complexity, it raises all sorts of questions. Is it ethical, for example, to modify someone's behaviour? Can you justify imposing brain stimulation on convicts under criminal law? How to set rules and standards? Ruben tries to answer these questions in his PhD research at UM’s Faculty of Law.

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  • facebook papers

    Terms and conditions of our future

    Tuesday, April 19, 2022

    The Facebook Papers, a series of documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen, brim with revelations. The company appears to have been fully aware of its role in the dissemination of false information and anger-inducing content. Moral philosopher Katleen Gabriels and data protection lawyer Paolo Balboni discuss the problems and possible solutions.

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  • Aalt Willem Heringa

    Courtly with a strong constitution

    Monday, March 21, 2022

    After 35 years at Maastricht University, Constitutional Law Professor Aalt-Willem Heringa will hold his farewell lecture on 25 March. Here he looks back on a successful career and ahead at the role of courts in the Netherlands and Europe.

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  • hildegard schneider

    “I want to make crossing borders easier”

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Hildegard Schneider is set to say goodbye. As professor of European Migration Law and former dean of the Faculty of Law, her career coincided with the foundation and pioneering years of the law faculty. She herself made an important contribution to the profiling of Maastricht University as a ‘European’ university. “Now the university has to get ready for global challenges.”

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  • Suzan van der Aa

    Vulnerable victims can use all the support they can get

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    Sexual harassment in public is becoming a punishable offence. It’s a good idea, says Suzan van der Aa, professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, but one that doesn’t go far enough. “Sexual harassment in the workplace is common too, and usually has a greater impact on the victims.”

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  • Unfried Schoenmaekers

    Lessons from a border region

    Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    The pandemic has called into question the idea of a Europe without frontiers. Sarah Schoenmaekers and Martin Unfried—specialists in EU law and Euregional cooperation, respectively—search for answers.

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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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  • 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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  • roef goldberg

    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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  • cranach

    A unique case of looted art

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    It started with an international phone call from the lawyers of the Norton Simon Museum in California. Not long after that, assistant professor Lars van Vliet served as an expert witness in a important court case. The stakes: a diptych by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which the heiress of the Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker claimed had been looted. After a court case lasting 12 years, she came away empty-handed – partly due to the research of Lars van Vliet.

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  • law tech lab

    Maastricht Law and Tech Lab: where the humanities and sciences join forces

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Research on the legal issues surrounding new technologies has become a fixture at most universities. What has received less attention is how AI itself can be applied in the study and practice of law. This is where the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab comes in.

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  • Food brings people together

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Soul kitchen: a peek inside the kitchens of UM employees
    Catalina Goanta, assistent professor of Privat Law, is the ultimate host: “In Romania we see that as normal. If you pay someone a visit and don’t get anything to eat, that’s a reason never to go back. It’s a sign of respect.”

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