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.


  • RIVM2

    Publication report on ‘Liability for letting people work with Chrome-6 in the context of the tROM-project’

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Research institute METRO (in cooperation with colleagues from the Faculty of Law) recently finished the research project ‘WP9: Aansprakelijkheid voor blootstelling aan chroom-6 in de context van het tROM-project’, which was commissioned by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM. The report (that consists of two parts) became public on Thursday 31 January 2019 and is available here.

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  • Chair Marjan Peeters at Wuhan University

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Prof. Marjan Peeters has been appointed as part-time Chair Professor at the Research Institute of Environmental law, Law School, Wuhan University, China.

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  • Michael Faure panel member at KNAW

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Michael Faure joined a discussion panel at KNAW, in relation to a presentation by Prof. Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard University).

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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.


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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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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      On 15 January 2019, Prof. Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard University) presented on “Nudges and Nudging: Past, Present, Future”, at an event organized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.

      METRO Director (and KNAW member) Michael Faure was a member of the discussion panel which also included José van Dijck, Bart Nooteboom, and Barbara Vis. Moderator was Michiel Hulshof.

      1 month 3 days ago
    • We are happy to present (again) three Student Fellows: Javier Canales (ES), Nayelly Landeros (MX) and Iris Staalman (NL). Welcome to METRO!

      More information about their backgrounds and research interests is added in the comments. For a complete overview of all current METRO Student Fellows, please visit our website:

      1 month 3 days ago
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      Marjan Peeters (Professor of environmental policy and law) has been appointed as part-time Chair Professor at the Research Institute of Environmental law, Law School, Wuhan University, China. In view of this she has delivered a series of lectures for the environmental law master and PhD students enrolled at the Law School of Wuhan, focusing on EU environmental law next to developing research on environmental procedural rights (November/December 2018).

      1 month 6 days ago
    • Today guest speaker Dr. Phil C.W. Chan (Institute for Security and Development, Chengdu and Stockholm) presented a METRO seminar on China's voting behaviour and argumentation in the UN Security Council. Thanks to Phil and all participants in the discussion.

      2 months 2 weeks ago
    • We are happy to present three more Student Fellows: Justine Boon (BE), Monique Lundh (DK) and Belén Bernal Ordóñez (ES). Welcome to METRO!

      More information about their backgrounds and research interests is added in the comments. For a complete overview of all current METRO Student Fellows, please visit our website: .

      2 months 2 weeks ago
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      METRO fellow Mariolina Eliantonio, Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure at Maastricht University, stands as a candidate for the forthcoming elections of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S)’s Council. Votes can be cast online until 11 December. Here is the link to voting system and Mariolina’s electoral statement.

      2 months 3 weeks ago
    • While again in Beijing teaching EU Competition Law at the China-EU School of Law (CESL), METRO fellows Niels Philipsen and Caroline Cauffman were invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of CESL. The event included a number of high-profile speakers, including EU Ambassador in China Nicolas Chapuis and former Chinese Minister of Justice Zhang Fusen. Also attending were a large number of former and current CESL students and staff.

      3 months 6 days ago