Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University is a top-quality provider of challenging and rewarding legal education at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD-level. A true pioneer in small-scale teaching and teaching of skills. The clear focus in research on European and international aspects of the law, human rights, migration and the empirical setting in which the law operates, provides an exceptionally inspiring environment for both students and staff. 

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Maastricht University took measures to restrict the outbreak of Corona. All teaching takes place online and events with more than 30 persons were canceled. Please refer to the Law - Corona virus website for more information.

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Important video message from our Dean prof. Jan Smits for all students from our Law community. 


  • Law_lavinia_kortese_PhD publicatie

    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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  • Law_Luuk van der Baaren on Emigrant Nationality_PhD defence

    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
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  • 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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  • Law_herke_kranenborg.jpg

    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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  • Law_BastiaanKemp.jpg

    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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  • item_assessment_2020

    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • Aljazeera_with_catalina_goanta

    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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  • nieuwsbericht_pensioen_seminar_2020.dscf1012.jpg

    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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  • Law_jessup_nationalround_2020.jpg

    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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  • laptop office

    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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  • Hande Wevers

    Hande Wevers wins Maastricht Human Rights prize 2019

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Read more
  • 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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  • 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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  • Thomas Kipka_phd_thesis

    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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  • ITEM 2020 survey

    Survey – ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    The consultation round on the upcoming ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020 has been launched.

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  • Jacques Claessen portret

    Jacques Claessen appointed endowed professor of Restorative Justice

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Jacques Claessen (Associate Professor of Criminal Law, UM Faculty of Law) will be appointed as endowed professor of Restorative Justice on 15 December 2019. The chair was established by the Netherlands Restorative Justice Foundation and has been placed within the Criminal Law & Criminology Department, where Jacques has been working since 2003. The chair was made possible with financial support from the Bianchi Restorative Justice Foundation. 

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  • Conflicts and Compromise: Internationalization of Competition Law

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Shuo Li. 
    Competition law gained a lot of attention all over the world because of its natural relation to economy and market. With the background that the pace of globalization nowadays is faster than ever before, this research will focus on the internationalization of competition law, including basic concepts, historical development, present situation and future possibilities of international competition law.

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  • UM Law - FJC Brunssum

    UM Faculty of Law and JFC Brunssum pledge to increase cooperation

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Read more
  • ITEM jaarconferentie

    ITEM anniversary conference 'Building cross-border cooperation' a success

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    On 21 and 22 November, the fifth annual conference, so an anniversary edition, of ITEM took place in the Province of Overijssel. Policy makers, politicians and scientists came together in Enschede to build cross-border cooperation.

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  • 'Free imperial Lordships' in Limburg (1500-1800): deconstruction of a myth

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Harry Weinberg. 
    The area on both sides of the Meuse river covered by the present Dutch and Belgian provinces called Limburg was characterised by a significant degree of territorial fragmentation in the early modern period. This study focuses on the constitutional status of these so-called 'free imperial lordships' in relation to the Holy Roman Empire as a political entity and in relation to the territorial lordships.

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  • kaft item 2019

    ITEM illustrates again the need for proper assessment of border-effects of national legislation

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    The ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2019 has been published. With its annual Cross-Border Impact Assessment, the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM provides more insight into European and national legislative and policy initiatives and its border-effects.

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  • Grensoverschijdende kwalificatieproblematiek: tussen sociale zekerheid en aanvullend pensioen

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Bastiaan Didden. 
    Bastiaan, PhD candidate in tax law, looked into how the EU borders affect pensions, social security and taxes when working across a border. He has found out that there are quite some uncertainties when it comes to these subjects. This is because the EU-member states are in large part independent concerning their taxes, pensions and social security rules. 

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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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  • europe-map

    Working on the other side of the border: a bureaucratic maze

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    The free movement of workers is an important idea that the EU is built upon. Maastricht University researcher Bastiaan Didden, studied how the free movement of workers in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany works in practice. He looked into how the EU borders affect pensions, social security and taxes when working across a border.

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  • LAW_THE LAW Ranking 2020

    UM Faculty of Law ranks among 40 best law faculties in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for LAW

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    After entering the top 50 in the THE Law ranking last year, our faculty progressed considerably and climbed from the 46th to the 40th place. Of all Dutch law faculties, only Maastricht, Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht were able to reach the top 40 of this prestigious ranking. Our faculty also rises in the ranking of European law faculties from place 16 in 2019 to place 9 in 2020.

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    ITEM researcher co-authors WODC study on migration of asylum permit holders

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    On Thursday 10 October, a report concerning migration of asylum permission holders was published by the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Security and Justice (WODC) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This report is co-authored by Marloes de Hoon, a PhD candidate who is conducting research into mobility of refugees under the umbrella of the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) at Maastricht University and affiliated to Statistics Netherlands. The report is co-authored with Arjen Leerkes, professor at Maastricht University and research fellow at WODC.

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  • Phd defence Anna Bolz_FdR_mlr

    A regulatory framework for the art market?

    Monday, October 28, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Anna Bolz. Authencity, forgery and the role of art experts. To a certain extent, the art market has been complicit in forgery schemes being successful. The peculiarities which distinguish the art market from other sectors are exactly thefeatures on which the business thrives (for instance information assymmetry and insider trading).

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  • tax law phd sieb kingma

    Inclusive Global Tax Governance in the Post-BEPS Era

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Sieb Kingma. After the 2008 global financial crisis, the international tax landscape really changed. Intergovernmental organizations such as the G20, OECD and UN are working on a fundamental reform of the international tax regime to make multinational enterprises and rich individuals pay their ‘fair share’.

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  • Analysing the wide world of law with algorithms

    Analysing the wide world of law with algorithms

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    Lawyers are often seen as ‘bookworms’, who are not averse to combing through the literature. But searching through ten thousand court rulings for the one that is most relevant can be too much for even the hungriest bookworm. The pilot project Web of Laws is therefore working to develop tools that quickly filter the relevant rulings for lawyers—with FAIR data use and open science as important anchors.

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  • Law_mirza_Dinnayi

    Mirza Dinnayi wins prestigious Aurora Prize 2019

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    At the Aurora ceremony in Yerevan (Armenia) on 9 October 2019, the prestigious (fourth) annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to Mirza Dinnayi, co-founder and director of Luftbrücke Irak (Air Bridge Iraq).

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  • Europees recht moet leidend zijn bij Europese aanhoudingsbevelen

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    (This news item is only available in Dutch). Rechterlijke autoriteiten moeten bij het uitvaardigen en uitvoeren van Europese aanhoudingsbevelen (EAB’s) met betrekking tot verstekveroordelingen niet van hun nationale recht, maar van het Europese recht uitgaan. Dat is een van de belangrijkste conclusies van een rechtsvergelijkend onderzoek van de Internationale Rechtshulpkamer (IRK) van de Rechtbank Amsterdam en de Universiteit Maastricht.

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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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  • Game of pleas: an empirical analysis of the pleas raised in recent EU antitrust cases

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Tom Mennicken.
    This research  contains an empirical assessment of the pleas raised in recent EU antitrust cases. It analyses all EU competition law judgments issued between May 2004 and December  2016, which deal with Article 101 or 102 TFEU decisions involving restrivtive practises.

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  • SAVE THE DATE: Conference 'Populism and Democracy'

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    The conference 'Populism and Democracy' brings together scholars of constitutional law and political science from around the world to discuss the influence of populist politics on constitutional developments, the reasons for success or failure of constitutional defences, and potential ways out of the global crisis of liberal democracy. The conference will take place on Friday, 24 April 2020 at UM Campus Brussels.

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  • European Day Against the Death Penalty

    Thursday, October 10, 2019

    Jacques Claessen, criminal lawyer from Maastricht University’s law faculty, still thinks the European Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October is important.

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  • PhD thesis written by Aline Larroyed.

    Translation accuracy and dissemination of disclosure of patent information: an analysis of translation and its influence on patent law

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Aline Larroyed.
    This research brought a contribution on the roles, features and future perspectives of patent translation and dissemination of disclosure of patent information in patent law. It brings a thorough analysis of patent cases through the perspective of translation, by showing the influence of translation in the different stages of a patent. 

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  • Punishing atrocities

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Shahram Dana.
    Key theoretical and doctrinal aspects of punishing atrocities remain underdeveloped. This study contributes to the normative maturation of atrocity sentencing  and punishment through doctrinal development of nulla poena sine lege in international law and theoratical advancement of the enabler factor.

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  • La répression de la torture en droit positif béninois

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Alphonse Gbossou

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  • The common European asylum system: vulnerable asylum applicants

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Dersim Yabasun.
    This book focuses on the recast Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the rights of vulnerable asylum applicants in the asylum procedure.

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  • Law and tech research platform UM Faculty of Law

    Law and Tech Lab will be officially launched in the next few weeks

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    The digital society begs new questions about how innovative technologies interact with law and justice. The interaction between law and technology essentially goes in two directions: Technology for Law, and Law for Technology. For this reason the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab has been recently set up at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law.

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  • Ria Wolleswinkel

    Ria Wolleswinkel receives Global Campus Medal of Honour

    Monday, September 30, 2019 Read more
  • Law_moot court Nuremberg 2019

    Excellent third place in Nuremberg Moot Court Competition 2019

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    The team continued Maastricht’s history of success at the competition, finishing third out of 120 teams. Maastricht received outstanding scores in the preliminary rounds and excellent feedback throughout. Unfortunately, they narrowly lost (3-2) in the semi-finals against the eventual winners of the competition. The team, consisting of law students Lisa Bosser, Nora Christiansen, Catalina Birsanu, and Danuta Palarczyk was coached by Craig Eggett (lecturer and researcher in Public International Law).

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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 Read more
  • 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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  • UM Veni winners 2019

    Eight Veni grants for young UM scientists

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists.

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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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  • Toekenning finance sectorplan

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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    Advocate General of the ECJ in favour of Dutch social security benefits for German mini-jobs

    Monday, May 27, 2019

    The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (hereafter: A-G) E. Sharpston has come to the conclusion that Dutch frontier workers living in the Netherlands and working in so-called mini-jobs in Germany are still entitled to Dutch retirement pensions and child benefits.

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    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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  • Cross-border co-operation a ‘must’

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    On the eve of Europe Day, to celebrate awareness and cooperation in Europe, ITEM (UM) and UHasselt signed their cooperation covenant.

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    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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    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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    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: 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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    ITEM and UHasselt carry out cross-border research together

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    On 8 May, the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) of Maastricht University (UM) and UHasselt sign a cooperation agreement in the field of cross-border research in the presence of the governors of the provinces of Belgian and Dutch Limburg. 

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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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    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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    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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    Inaugural lecture Paolo Balboni

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Paolo Balboni has been appointed as Professor of  ’Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Contract Law’ in the Faculty of Law. He will deliver his inaugural lecture on Friday 10 May 2019 at 16:30 precisely, in the Aula of Maastricht University (Minderbroedersberg 4-6).

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    UM team performs well in semifinal René Cassin moot court competition

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    The Maastricht team did a very good job in the semifinal of the René Cassin moot court competition and reached a 16th place (out of 52 competing teams).

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  • Stichting_praemium_erasmianum_dissertatieprijs Dilek

    Research Prize for Dilek Kurban

    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Dilek Kurban has been awarded one of the five Research Prizes from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for her PhD dissertation titled ‘The Limits of Transnational Justice: The European Court of Human Rights, Turkey and the Kurdish Conflict’. Dilek earned his doctorate from the Faculty of Law on 23 February 2018. The prize comes with a €3,000 grant and a certificate.

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    Appointment Britta Böhler as Professor of Legal Professions & Ethics

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    As of 1 March 2019, Prof. Britta Böhler has been appointed Professor of Legal Professions & Ethics. The chair is part of the Department of Foundations and Methods of Law. The establishment of this chair is in line with the faculty’s policy to further strengthen the range of skills of our graduates by systematically focusing on the increasingly important ethical aspects of professional practice by gownsmen.

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  • Trapped in a religious marriage: a human rights perspective on the phenomenon of marital captivity

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Benedicta Deogratias.
    Marital captivity describes a situation in which one or both spouses are unable to dissolve their marriage due to religious reasons. The consequence is that they are essentially forced to remain married. The aim of this research was to contribute to the ongoing efforts of finding effective solutions by investigating how human rights law can contribute to addressing marital captivity. 

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    Ecuador and international investment law and policy: between constitutional sovereignty and state responsibility

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Sebastián Espinosa Velasco.
    The little relevance of a developing country such as Ecuador in the geopolitical arena contrasts with its high exposure to investment disputes and its unprecedented proposals to react to the foreign investment protection regime.


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