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.
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.
In a special book launch event, to be held at the Brussels Campus of Maastricht University on 16 March 2020, METRO External Fellow Dr. Gian Marco Solas (Omni Bridgeway) will present his book 'Third Party Funding. Law, Economics and Policy'.
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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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.
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.
“We perform research on assignment for the Dutch government as well. After the firework disaster in Enschede, the ministry of interior asked us to examine a more adequate, fair and fast compensation to victims.”
“Environmental law is a very complex field. It concerns many different environmental problems. Furthermore, there are many forms in which the behaviour of citizens and companies may be regulated. The main question is: how will you go about it? A lot of research is being conducted on these issues.”
“In our research, we often employ methods derived from law and economics. Efficiency is a central concept in economics, but it is important also to make explicit the trade-offs between efficiency and other social values such as fairness, non-discrimination and income distribution.”
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