The York-Maastricht strategic partnership - a data science update

19 May 2020

Wednesday, March, 18 was supposed to be the kick-off day for the York-Maastricht partnership announced earlier in the year. Set around five different themes (agrifood, nutrition and health, Europe, global South, imaging and data science), the partnership was supposed to bring together, for the first time, research and education experts from the University of York and Maastricht University (particularly the Institute of Data Science and Maastricht Working on Europe), in an attempt to establish joint research projects, teaching collaborations, knowledge exchange, student and staff exchange and sharing of best practices around university activities. 

Catalina Goanta

Dr. Catalina Goanta is Assistant Professor in Private Law at the Faculty of Law, postdoctoral researcher at Studio Europa (Maastricht Working on Europe) and manages the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab together with Gijs van Dijck and Marcel Schaper.


Her current research addresses decentralization and platform governance, with projects such as the regulation of social media influencers, where she looks at the moderation and contractual control of monetized content on social media. For this project, she has been collaborating, among others, with technology artist Paolo Cirio, who designed a campaign to raise awarness about the advertising of controversial products. The campaign ('Attention') can be found here, and it includes a website ('Influencer Watch') where you can report influencers who violate consumer protection rules.


During February 2018 - February 2019, Catalina was a Niels Stensen fellow and visited the University of St. Gallen (The Institute of Work and Employment) and Harvard University (The Berkman Center for Internet and Society). Catalina is also a non-residential fellow of the Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, and was a visiting researcher at the Stanford Law School during September 2017.


Catalina's doctoral research on ‘Convergence in European Consumer Sales Law - A Comparative and Numerical Approach’ was funded by the UM-HiiL Chair on the Internationalisation of Law at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law, under the supervision and mentorship of Jan Smits and Caroline Cauffman. This research was presented, among others, at the European University Institute, as well as the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. Catalina has given workshops on various topics of consumer contract law (unfair contract terms, withdrawal rights, defects of consent), European law and law and technology at conferences in Edinburgh, Shanghai, Sibiu, Pavia, Herzliya, St. Gallen and Sarajevo among others. She has been doing research for various European Commission projects (DG Internal Market - ‘An inventory of legal form and shareholding requirements in the EU services sector and their economic assessment’) and DG Justice and Consumers and Chafea (‘Exploratory study of consumer issues in the sharing economy’), where she drafted the Romanian national reports. 


Catalina is an advocate of 21st century skills in legal education and has participated in different pedagogical developments together with Gwen Noteborn and Bram Akkermans that include the use of Google Glass in legal simulations, and the use of vlogging in legal skills education. These activities have been acknowledged at the Re-Imagine Education Awards (University of Pennsylvania) 2015 and 2016, where they were shortlisted for various categories. Moreover, Catalina has been awarded the Maastricht University Wijnand Wijnen education prize in 2014.


Catalina loves Skyrim, astronomy, indie music and baking.