The Faculty of Law has a strong and distinct international profile both in education and in research. Our faculty is an inspiring and lively place where enthusiastic and inquisitive researchers seek to find answers to the pressing legal issues of today in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary context. Research involves studying both institutional and substantive developments in the process of Europeanisation and globalisation and the role of the national legal order therein.

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Maastricht Graduate School of Law

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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  • Graduation Indonesia

    Better Legal Education in Indonesia

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    The Faculties of Law of Airlangga University in Surabaya and Maastricht University, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) have been awarded a grant under the Orange Knowledge Programme to embark on the important mission of strengthening skills, ethics, and integrity in Indonesian legal education. This newsletter aims to provide you with the latest update on the project.

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  • Comparative Constitutional Law Documents

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    Comparative Constitutional Law Documents contains a selection of constitutions and fundamental legislative instruments from five Western democracies: the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 

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  • Chatbot

    UM students develop #MeTooMaastricht Chatbot

    Thursday, September 12, 2019
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  • Cross-border cooperation: North Sea Port

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    After an initial inventory conducted by ITEM, the Dutch and Flemish governments have decided to follow up by investigating possible solutions for border barriers that are faced by the cross-border North Sea Port, which is a merged Belgian-Dutch company.

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  • Erasmus Plus programma subsidie toewijzing

    Jean Monnet Successes!

    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    Andrea Ott and Thomas Biermeyer, together with Justine Yansenne, have again managed to secure funding from the EU. This time for a project on ‘Innovating the European Union and transforming Europe’, respectively their ‘European Corporate Finance Law Excellence Course’. The funding was secured from within the Erasmus Plus programme, Jean Monnet Action.

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  • Rubicon grant Zvezda Vankova

    Dr Zvezda Vankova (Law) receives Rubicon grant

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Dr Zvezda Vankova of the Faculty of Law a Rubicon grant that allows her to conduct research at the University of Lund (Sweden) for a period of 24 months. The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.

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  • Recent Annual Research Day (Toogdag) on effectiveness of human rights

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    This year’s Annual Research Day on 20 and 21 June (Toogdag) revolved around the theme of efficiency of human rights, and provided for valuable presentations and discussions from many different angles.

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    Ministry invests in legal research at Maastricht University

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    The Faculty of law is very pleased with the award of more than 4 million euros by the Ministry of education, culture and science (MOCW) for strengthening its legal research. The Faculty will use this amount to create two new interdisciplinary research groups. 

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  • Groot onderhoud of kruimelwerk bundel Montesquieu

    Montesquieu bundel: Groot onderhoud of kruimelwerk

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Dutch only.
    Heeft de Nederlandse democratie en rechtsstaat groot, achterstallig onderhoud nodig, of blijft het beperkt tot kruimelwerk? Zorgt het advies van Staatscommissie Remkes voor te hoge constitutionele verwachtingen? Dit is de vraag die centraal staat in de nieuwste bundel van het Montesquieu Instituut die op 3 juli werd uitgereikt aan minister Ollongren van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties.

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  • Marjan Peeters interviewed by BNR radio about EU Climate Policy

    Thursday, July 4, 2019

    Dutch only.

    Marjan Peeters, hoogleraar klimaatbeleid & -recht, in gesprek met Roelof Hemmen van BNR over het Europese klimaatbeleid m.b.t. de big five van de Europese uitdagingen.

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  • Letter from Parliament: cross-border impact assessment by ITEM considered instrument for preventing border problems

    Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    In a letter to the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Wouter Koolmees, the Standing Committee on Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) of the Dutch Upper House of Parliament refers to the cross-border impact assessment, which is conducted by ITEM, as an instrument to help prevent border problems.

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  • RECIPES project is now online

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019

    How to reconcile science, innovation and precaution? Follow RECIPES to keep abreast of ongoing discussions, learn about case study findings and get engaged in the development of new tools that help policymakers to make sound decisions.

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  • Aalt Willem Heringa

    “Better less control over more than the other way around”

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    As part of our series Maastricht, reflecting on Europe, Aalt Willem Heringa, professor of (Comparative) Constitutional and Administrative Law, calls for more powers to the European Parliament.

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  • NUFFIC grant for project by Fabián Raimondo, Orange Knowledge Programme Tailor Made Training 

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    End of May, NUFFIC awarded a grant to Fabián Raimondo, Associate Professor of Public International Law, following his application for Orange Knowledge Programme Tailor Made Training. 

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  • Ana Ramalho event_MLR

    Women and intellectual property

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    The United Nations agency for intellectual property has invited Ana Ramalho to speak at the Korea’s International Forum for Women Inventors. Ana delivered presentations on how to empower women through intellectual property, and how to use intellectual property tools to help women entrepreneurs strive. ​

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  • ITEM ICGI Cross-border corporate mobility CbCM featured

    Third report on corporate mobility in the EU published

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    The third report of the ITEM/ICGI project on ‘Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ has now been published. The report builds upon the earlier reporting on 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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  • Matteo Bonelli PhD thesis

    A union of values: safeguarding democracy, the rule of law and human rights in the EU member states

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Matteo Bonelli.
    The cases of constitutional backsliding in Hungary and Poland, as well as other national threats to democracy, the rule of law and human rights, call for reflecting on how the EU can protect its founding values in the Member States. This is the main research question analysed in the book.

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  • Nicole Adams PhD thesis

    The influence of guilt presumptive language on investigative interview outcomes

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Nicole Adams.
    Research has demonstrated that interviewer beliefs about a suspect's guilt can initiate a cycle of confirmation bias. This occurs when the behavior and responses of the suspect are interpreted by the interviewer as endorsing their beliefs about suspect guilt.

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  • Graduation Indonesia

    Indonesia legal education and legal society project (OKP)

    Monday, June 17, 2019

    We are happy to report that a large project, Indonesia legal education and legal society, under NUFFIC’s Orange Knowledge Programme has been awarded to our faculty.

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  • Remco van Rhee en de Barentszee_

    Habsburg family pulled strings to bring raiders of English North Cape expedition to justice

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    Richard Chancellor, the English Willem Barentsz, discovered the North Cape during the first English expedition to attempt to find a northeast passage. But the ship, the Edward Bonaventure, was ‘robbed by Flemings on its return in 1554.’ Historian Louis Sicking and legal expert Remco van Rhee found the details of this attack in archives in Brussels.

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    Team Law (UM) reaches semi-finals International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    The student team of the UM Faculty of Law reached the semi-finals of the International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition. A fantastic result in a very challenging competition.

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  • Maja_brkan news interview

    Maja Brkan in the news

    Monday, May 27, 2019

    Maja Brkan appeared on Slovenian national TV in an interview for the programme 'Slovenia and Europe'.

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  • Scriptieprijs 2019 jury-en-mevrouw-croes

    Valérie Beulen wins the ‘Stichting Beer impuls’ thesis prize 2019

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    On 14 May 2019 the jury of ‘Stichting Beer impuls’ awarded the 2019 thesis prize to author Valérie Beulen and the winning department, Maastricht University. More information only available in Dutch.

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  • Elvira Loibl PhD_criminologie thesis

    The transnational illegal adoption market: a criminological study into the German and Dutch intercountry adoption systems

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Elvira Loibl.
    The last half-century has witnessed the emergence of a transnational illegal market in adoptable children. Numerous cases have been uncovered whereby children from the Global South were purchased or kidnapped from their families or orphanages in order to meet the high demand for adoption among couples and individuals in the Global North.

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  • Marieke Hopman phd Looking at Law_MLR

    Successful PhD defence Marieke Hopman

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Thursday 9 May 2019 Marieke Hopman successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled: 'Looking at law through children's eyes'.

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  • Marieke Hopman phd Looking at Law_MLR

    Looking at Law through Children’s Eyes

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Marieke Hopman.
    Athough all children are supposed to have rights, and children’s rights are considered universal with the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child being the most ratified human rights convention to date, children’s rights are grossly violated on a daily basis and on a global scale.

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  • Europa_europa_boekje_aalt_willem_-_montesquieu_reeks

    Europa, Europa: op weg naar de verkiezingen van mei 2019

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    The newest edition of the Montesquieu reeks no 12 "Europa, Europa: op weg naar de verkiezingen van mei 2019" ("Europe, Europe: on the way to the May 2019 elections") is out!

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  • Criminal defence at the police station: a comparative and empirical study

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Anna Pivaty. 
    Criminal defence at the investigative stage attracts growing attention due to the shifting focus of the criminal process onto pre-trial stages, and the recent European regulations adopted in this area. Increasingly, justice practitioners and legislators across the EU have begun to realise that ‘the trial happens at the police station’.

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  • EHRMCC_2019

    UM team among best 4 European Human Rights Moot Court teams

    Thursday, May 2, 2019

    Maastricht University was the only one out of all teams representing Dutch Universities that qualified for the final round. In Strasbourg, our team made it all the way to the semi-finals.

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  • Mariolina Eliantonio oratie

    Inaugural lecture Mariolina Eliantonio

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    On Friday 3 May 2019, Mariolina Eliantonio, appointed as professor ‘European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure’ in the Faculty of Law, will accept this position with the delivery of an inaugural lecture at 16:30 precisely, in the Aula of Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg, 4-6, Maastricht.

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