Research institutes

Institute for Transnational Legal Research

METRO, the Institute for Transnational Legal Research (in Dutch: Maastrichts Europees instituut voor Transnationaal Rechtswetenschappelijk Onderzoek), contributes to environmental law, tort law, and the economic analysis of law by executing high-quality research. Metro is a reliable and international research institute and distinguishes itself for dedicated researchers in various fields of law.

News

  • Joint article on climate liability

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Prof. Michael Faure and Prof. Marjan Peeters joined forces and published an article on Climate Liability examining questions and prospects on the role of regulation  in relation to tort law from a law and economics perspective.The article is published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on climate science (a multidisciplinary collection) and is freely accessible here.

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  • Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    METRO is proud to present the book 'Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm', edited by Michael Faure and Niels Philipsen, together with André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) and Judith van Erp (Utrecht University). 

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  • PhD degree awarded to Ancui Liu

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    On Friday 22 February 2019, METRO fellow Ancui Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Regulating Genetically Modified Crops in View of Environmental Risks: China’s Implementation of International Obligations" at Maastricht University.

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Research

METRO initiates and stimulates comparative and trans-boundary legal research and organizes conferences about various legal themes. Moreover, the institute publishes the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, one of the top three journals in this field in Europe and the Ius Commune Europaeum Book Series. METRO is very active in the field of contract research, for example for the EU, OECD, and national governments.

Education

METRO researchers are all in one way or another involved in teaching. Courses vary from environmental law and Law & Economics to competition law. Courses are taught at Maastricht University, but many visiting professorships (in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America) have also been established. Student fellows are selected to help them develop their organizational and research skills.

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Ius Commune Research School

METRO facilitates the Ius Commune Research School, a cooperation between the law faculties of the Universities of Maastricht (UM), Utrecht (UU), Amsterdam (UvA), and Leuven (K.U. Leuven), focused on the realization of a Ius Commune in Europe. Management and secretariat of the Research School are located at METRO, and METRO oversees the Ius Commune Casebooks and publishes the Ius Commune Europaeum Books.

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MUCorpLab

The Maastricht University Corporate Laboratory (MUCorpLab), part of the METRO Institute, focuses on innovation in research and teaching in the area of corporate law, with a particular focus on corporate finance law.

Technology will change the future of corporate law – we are here to change.

Within the next ten to fifteen years, technology will change drastically the business environment in the corporate legal industry. These developments will alter the ways in which law firms and in-house counsel will function, it will affect how legal research is conducted, the way in which legal documents are drafted and the overall management of these processes. Such change will not only have an impact on the legal industry but also more broadly on the functioning and purpose of legal rules. 

Together with its partners, MUCorpLab’s mission statement is to become a front-runner in contributing to exploring and experimenting with legal solutions in this area. 

Coupling corporate expertise with a 25-year track record in law and economics as well as comparative legal research, MUCorpLab offers a strong methodologically framework that takes into account economic realities as well as important differences between jurisdictions based on language, culture and socio-economic background. 

The MUCorpLab consists, inter alia, of the Corporate Finance Law Honours Track and CorpDocEX.

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Blogs

    • At yesterday's METRO seminar, Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki) and Emilia Korkea-aho (University of Eastern Finland & University of Helsinki) presented on the topic “Legal Experts and Policy-making:Changing Roles for the Legal Profession in the EU.”

      Many colleagues from MCEL joined the seminar this time. Thanks to the speakers and all participants for the interesting discussions.

      1 week 5 days ago
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      In our second joint METRO & M-EPLI forum on Tuesday 30 April, our very own PhD researcher Cenay Akin presented on 'The Valuation of Ecosystem Services'.

      We would like to thank M-EPLI for the co-operation and of course Cenay for the presentation. Finally, a big thanks to the audience for the lively discussion/Q &A session that followed.

      2 weeks 5 days ago
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      A conference on “Agency theory in the 21st century” will be held in the Maastricht University Faculty of Law on the 14th of June. METRO and the ICGI have organised this conference to discuss the role of agency theory in a variety of disciplines, and to reflect on whether it is fit for the needs and challenges of the 21st century. We would like to use this conference to provide an interesting, interdisciplinary perspective on the current standing and future prospects of agency theory as a core approach to modelling individual behavior in law, economics and other disciplines.

      You may register and find more information and detailed program here: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/events/agency-theory-21st-century.

      4 weeks 2 hours ago
    • Today METRO PhD researcher Qian Wu presented on 'An Economic Analysis of Tying in Digital Platforms'. Thanks again to the speaker and to the audience for listening and contributing to the discussion.

      For our next seminars, please visit our website at: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institutes/metro/research .

      1 month 4 days ago
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      METRO (and MCEL) fellow Sarah Schoenmaekers is quickly becoming a recognized expert in Public Procurement!

      1 month 1 week ago
    • On 28 March Michael Faure gave a key note speech with the title “To codify or not to codify EU environmental law: that is not the question!” at a conference “Harmonization in Environmental and Energy Law”, organized by the European Environmental Law Forum at the University of Hasselt (Belgium).

      The conference was organized at the occasion of 10 years law faculty of the University of Hasselt.

      1 month 3 weeks ago
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      We are proud to present the book 'Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm', edited by Michael Faure and Niels Philipsen, together with André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) and Judith van Erp (Utrecht University). The book contains contributions by inter alia our METRO colleagues Marjan Peeters and Mathias Müller, and by many distinguished national and international experts including Prof. Neil Gunningham, the scholar who two decades ago published the first book on 'smart regulation'.

      More information about the book is available on the CUP website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/smart-mixes-for-transboundary-environmental-harm/BAD90F2588EF6B1D30FBE68CB8A4735A.

      1 month 3 weeks ago
    • Today Sarah Schoenmaekers (MCEL/METRO) presented a Metro seminar on 'Self-cleaning in public procurement law vs leniency in competition law: comparable objectives but different levels of success?' in the newly decorated Board Room.

      Thanks to Sarah and all members of the audience!

      2 months 2 days ago
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      On 20 February 2019, METRO fellows Prof. Dr. Michael Faure and Dr. Kévine Kindji presented their study on 'Cross-border nuclear safety, liability and cooperation in the European Union' at the European Parliament in Brussels.

      This study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions (PETI Committee).

      2 months 3 weeks ago
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      On Friday 22 February 2019, METRO fellow Ancui Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Regulating Genetically Modified Crops in View of Environmental Risks: China’s Implementation of International Obligations" at Maastricht University.

      Many congratulations to (now) Dr. Liu!

      2 months 3 weeks ago