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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

  • 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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    Mr.dr. Bastiaan Kemp appointed as endowed professor of Corporate Governance and Corporate Regulation

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Mr.dr. Bastiaan Kemp has been appointed as endowed professor of Corporate Governance and Corporate Regulation as per 1 April 2020. The chair will be hosted by the department of Private Law. This new chair is intended to strengthen the Corporate Governance profile of Maastricht University. 

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  • ITEM ICGI Cross-border corporate mobility CbCM featured

    Third report on corporate mobility in the EU published

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    The third report of the ITEM/ICGI project on ‘Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ has now been published. The report builds upon the earlier reporting on cross-border corporate activity and features a comprehensive country-by-country reporting to provide a fuller picture of cross-border company mobility in the EU.

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Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies