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, competition law, and the economic analysis of law by executing high-quality research. Metro distinguishes itself for dedicated researchers in various fields of law.


METRO initiates and stimulates comparative and transboundary 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 active in the field of contract research, for example for the EU, OECD, national governments and associations of insurers.

Core research topics of METRO include environmental law (including climate change, one of the topics listed under the pillar of Global Justice), tort law & insurance, and competition & regulation. METRO is specialised in the economic analysis of law. In that respect, METRO research has been geared towards a variety of Institutional transformations, for example by analyzing smart mixes of regulation, and to the pillar of Globalising Markets, for example by examining competition law in emerging markets.

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METRO’s research takes place
in the following pillars: 

1. Global Justice
2. Institutional Transformations
3. Globalising Markets 



  • Faure and Philipsen present at 70th anniversary CUPL

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    On Friday 10 June 2022, Michael Faure and Niels Philipsen both presented (online) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of CUPL. The presentations were held in the context of the 8th international conference on Law and Economics: Law and Economics in the Post-Pandemic World.

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    Blog series and conference on competition and IP in the digital markets

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    How can a more economic analysis strengthen our innovation policies to achieve a truly competitive digital single market?

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  • Debating the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty

    Monday, June 13, 2022

    On 29 June 2022, METRO will co-organize the event 'Debating the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty', held at UM Campus Brussels and via Zoom. Registration is possible via this link.

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  • Recent developments in competition law and policy in China and the EU

    Thursday, March 24, 2022

    In this online seminar on recent developments in competition law and policy, speakers from China and the EU will present their ongoing or recently published research. It will take place on 7-8 April 2022.

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    Radio interview on BNR and Law Blog Niels Philipsen about Big Tech

    Friday, February 11, 2022

    Recently Niels Philipsen was interviewed by Dutch news radio station BNR on the question whether there are legal or economic arguments to split up Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft. The podcast of that interview is available online. Philipsen also wrote a blog on the topic.

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  • Recent PhD defenses METRO

    Friday, January 21, 2022

    METRO is happy to present two 'young doctors', who recently defended their PhD thesis successfully. One defence took place in late 2021 (Dr. Huizi Ai), the other in early 2022 (Dr. Marie Abalo).

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  • Online seminar EU Green Deal and China - 1 December 2021

    Friday, November 19, 2021

    On 1 December 2021 METRO will organize an online seminar entitled 'The Impact of the EU Green Deal on Chinese trade and investment in Europe: Opportunities and challenges'. This online event will address the potential consequences of the EU Green Deal for Chinese investments in Europe.

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  • Book 'Day Fines in Europe'

    Friday, June 25, 2021

    Should the rich pay higher fines? The fascinating topic of 'day fines' is covered in a book edited by our colleague Michael Faure and Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko (Erasmus University Rotterdam), published with Cambridge University Press.

    You can also read this short blog.

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    Recent blogs

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Today, a blog by Niels Philipsen was published as a Faculty of Law blog. Earlier this year, Mariolina Eliantonio, Sarah Schoenmaekers, Michael Faure (with Yu Yan) and Marjan Peeters also published in Law Blogs Maastricht.

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    PhD defense Mr Aka Firmin Yapo

    Friday, January 29, 2021

    On Tuesday 2 February at 13:00, Mr Aka Firmin Yapo will defend his PhD thesis called "La protection des transports de marchandises par mer en droit ivoirien: sécurité de la marchandise et sûreté de la navigation."

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    Online book presentation Gian Marco Solas

    Monday, November 9, 2020

    On 3 November, Gian Marco Solas (external research fellow at METRO) presented his book "Third Party Funding. Law, Economics and Policy" (Cambridge University Press) to a select audience of EU law and international litigation and arbitration specialists.

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  • PhD defenses METRO in Autumn 2020

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    METRO is happy to announce the following four PhD defenses, all taking place in the Autumn of 2020:

    - 7 October, 16:00: Georges Akoa
    - 14 October, 12:00: Constantijn van Aartsen
    - 28 October, 16:00: Sandra Nobrega
    - 12 November, 10:00: Abasse Olossoumare

    More information about these defenses can be found on the website of the UM Faculty of Law.

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guest lectures in China and Taiwan

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    While in Beijing teaching Competition Law at the China-EU School of Law (with Caroline Cauffman) from 4-8 November, Niels Philipsen gave guest lectures at the CUPL School of Law and Economics and at the Central University of Finance and Economics. Also in November, Marjan Peeters was invited to give a lecture at National Taipei University in Taiwan.

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  • Agency Theory in the 21st Century

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    The Institute for Corporate Governance and Innovation Policies (ICGI) and METRO will organize an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Agency Theory in the 21st Century', to be held in Maastricht on 25 October 2019.

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  • Workshop on aviation emissions

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    On 21 and 22 October 2019, METRO research fellows Marjan Peeters and Caroline Cauffman will co-organize (with Marc Davidson and Liesbeth Lijnzaad) an expert workshop titled 'Minimising the impact of aviation emissions: what way forward?'. 

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  • Lectures at CUFE and CUPL

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    On Tuesday 18 June 2019 Michael Faure gave a lecture at the School for Law and Economics of the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, China. On the same day, METRO also co-organized an "International Seminar on Competition and Public and Private Regulation" at the Law School of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE).

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  • Presentation findings CO(2)mpensate

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    On 28 May, the Premium student team CO2mpensate presented its findings on how to compensate aviation emissions, using a multi-criteria analysis. The institutes METRO and ICIS, based at Maastricht University, both acted as clients for this student advice.


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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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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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