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Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies

The Institute for Corporate Law, Governance, and Innovation Policies (ICGI) is a research institute embedded in the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. ICGI carries out scientific research on its own initiative and on commission by third parties, publishes and organises conferences and research meetings. The object of ICGI's research is the corporation and its rules and regulations in interaction with its changing environment.


ICGI’s research focuses on the relation between social changes and the corporation. We look beyond the black box of the corporation and research the role of the main corporate actors, including the board, shareholders, supervisors as well as the role of public and private regulation in relation to corporations.

We look at how social changes can influence not only the content of corporate regulations but also the tools that can be used to regulate the corporate environment, the protection of stakeholders and the decision making power within the corporation.  In its approach, ICGI is characterized by its comparative and European research and its ambition to enhance interdisciplinary research in this area. The latter is embedded by means of the Elverding chair: a co-chair between the Faculty of Law (Professor Mieke Olaerts) and School of Business and Economics (Professor Rob Bauer) on Sustainable Business, Culture and Corporate Regulation.

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ICGI’s research takes place in the following four research pillars:

1. Corporate Groups and Global Networks

2. Board/Shareholder Dynamics

3. Corporate Mobility

4. Financial Distress

ICGI news

  • Dr Christopher Heath

    Appointment of dr. Christopher Heath as endowed chair Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    As per 1 March 2021, dr. Christopher Heath has been appointed as professor on the endowed chair of Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication. 

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  • The green deal and the future of a modern corporation

    The EU Green Deal and the Future of the Modern Corporation - video

    Monday, November 16, 2020

    Looking back on a great online event regarding The EU Green Deal and the Future of the Modern Corporation. Here is a video summary of the webinar - featuring: John Kay (Oxford University), Diederik Samsom (EU), Marlies van Wijhe (Van Wijhe Verf), Dimitri-de Vreeze (DSM Nederland), and Hein Schumacher (Friesland Campina).

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  • Book Springer ICGI

    Recently published by Springer: Groups of Companies

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    Springer recently published a comparative overview of the law on company groups containing a contribution by Prof. Mieke Olaerts on company groups in the Netherlands.

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Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies