The Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) is an interdisciplinary research institute based at Maastricht University's Faculty of Law. The mission of the institute is to conduct research, to offer courses and seminars and to advise on the role of international regulation in addressing problems and challenges resulting from the process of economic globalisation.
IGIR's research examines the policy, economic, and legal structures and processes through which the international economic system is regulated, focusing on the role that emerging economies such as India, China and Brazil play in the re-ordering of international regulation. To that end, IGIR collaborates with partners in emerging economies and recruits Fellows and PhDs from these regions.
The IGIR research group focuses on the concept of “Trust in Trade”, which serves as an overarching focal point to address the regulation of Global Markets and the role that national, regional and international actors and institutions play in this regard.
IGIR contributes to the Faculty of Law’s International Trade and Investment track of the masters programme Globalisation and Law and to the Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM).
A comparative analysis between the major patent systems shows that the number of claims in a patent is influenced by the fee structure: additional fees per claim lower the number of claims considerably as compared to a flat fee.
Unlike other sectors, improvements in Genetic technology raise issues of morality. The new human gene editing technology CRISPR/CAS9 has raised many such concerns. Can the current patent system deal with these concerns or should morality be dealt with by the inventors themselves?
According to IGIR fellow Michelle A. C. Kristy, WTO law should be interpreted in a way that takes the evolution of sustainable development into account. Her PhD research suggests six components of sustainable development that enable WTO Members to better identify relevant WTO provisions and to...
“IGIR acts as a research institute but does contract work as well, such as consultancy projects, but also invest in curriculum building in many developing countries.”
“Teaching is my passion. I love acquainting students with international economic law and, most of all, challenging them to think about the sometimes difficult balance between free trade and other societal values.”
“The current relevance of IGIR’s research focus is shown by the variety of projects in which IGIR engages, such as policy briefs on the implication of trade law for new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”