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.


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    25th anniversary Maastricht Journal

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    On Thursday, 28 June 2018, the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the form of a full-day conference at Chateau Neercanne in Maastricht. The anniversary event will feature interesting panels composed of high-level academics discussing the subjects of EU law, comparative law and legal publishing in a beautiful setting. For information and registration, see: mj-25-year-anniversary.

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  • Prof. Marjan Peeters visits Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    13-20 April 2018
    Upon invitation of the department of international law from The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Prof Dr Marjan Peeters attended the XVI Blischenko conference on Public international law, which this year was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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  • METRO Student Fellows

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    We are happy to present four student fellows, who will provide research assistance to the METRO staff in the period until Summer 2018. They are: Amadeus Unterberg (CH), Nadja Maurer (CH), Armand Ionescu (RO) and Giuseppe Gigliotti (IT). Their short bios can be found under the heading ‘People’.

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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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      From 14-16 May, Niels Philipsen visited the Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP) based at the Law School of the University of Leeds (UK). At the invitation of Prof. Pinar Akman (Director of CBLP) and Dr. George Zhou, he discussed possible forms of research cooperation between METRO and CBLP, and he also presented on 'The Role of Private Actors in Preventing Work-Related Risks' to an audience of staff members and PhD researchers associated with CBLP.

      Several CBLP staff members expressed their interest in further cooperation with METRO in the areas of competition law, corporate law, and consumer law in the EU and UK, e.g. in the form of supervision of PhD researchers, joint research projects and research visits. We look forward to making this happen!

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    • Today Luisa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves (METRO) presented on 'Legal Remedies against the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans - An Analysis of the Attempts from Public International Law and Private Initiatives to Face the Plastic Soup'. Thanks for your presentation, Luisa, and thanks to the audience for the lively discussion!

      The next METRO seminar will be held on 20 June.

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      METRO welcomes a new guest researcher: Hang Thi Minh Hoang. Hang Hoang is a PhD Candidate in the Legal Studies Program, curriculum in International Law and Economics, at Bocconi University, Milan (Italy). Her research topic is ”Conflicts of norms among Multiple Preferential Trade Agreements: A Case-study of Vietnam’s PTAs.” She will be visiting our institute from May until September 2018.

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      Warm greetings from World Youth Foundation (WYF), an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and an NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

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    • Nana Asare Obeng-Darko (University of Eastern Finland) recently visited our institute. He left us a kind note and some pictures that we would like to share here. We look forward to a continued cooperation with Nana and with the Law School of UEF!

      " It has been my pleasure to visit Maastricht University under the Young European Young Universities (Yerun) research mobility programme. The Law Faculty of Maastricht University (UM) has been my host for the one-week visit. During my time at the faculty, I have had the wonderful pleasure of meeting some of the people that the faculty has to offer. The METRO institute of the Law Faculty boast of some of the greatest minds in the various fields of law and my interactions with them has been nothing short of a pleasant experience.

      The purpose of my visit to the Maastricht University is to foster research cooperation between its Law Faculty and the Law School of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). This cooperation will also strengthen relations between the two universities, which under Yerun, serves both the vision and objective of the initiative.

      I am happy to see the same level of excitement and willingness from both sides to establish a long-lasting research cooperation. I am confident that UEF Law School and the Law Faculty of UM will enjoy fruitful cooperation for many years to come. My sincere gratitude to Professor Marjan Peeters, Director of METRO: Professor Michael Faure and Vice Director of METRO: Niels Philipsen for their welcoming hospitality and enthusiasm about the research cooperation. "

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    • Marjan Peeters visited the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow, 13-20 April 2018)

      Upon invitation of the department of international law from The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Prof Dr Marjan Peeters attended the XVI Blischenko conference on Public international law, which this year was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In total, 589 participants from 48 states were at this Blischenko conference, during which Marjan held a plenary address on behalf of the Law School of Maastricht University. The conference provided 19 expert workshops, and during the expert workshop on International environmental law, Prof Peeters presented her paper On silent objects and barking watchdogs: on the role and accountability of environmental non-governmental organisations. This paper discusses the right to access environmental information, which is a potential powerful strategy for action groups that want to protect the environment, but also the freedom of speech – and its limits - that such organisations enjoy in view of the European Convention of Human Rights. In the same week, Prof Peeters delivered two lectures and two classes. Central themes were the Paris Agreement and the Aarhus Convention, two international environmental treaties to which the European Union is a party, while the Russian Federation is not. The lecture on the Aarhus Convention was put online for the Consortium of 9 Russian Universities situated in Moscow, Kazan, Voronezh, Perm and Ekaterinburg (see
      During the teaching events, the emphasis went to the implementation of these agreements within EU law, and the challenges that the EU in this respect faces. Prof Peeters became impressed by the international population of the (bachelor, master and PhD) students at the Peoples’ Friendship University, many coming from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the intense participation of these students during the teaching events. Moreover, many content-wise meetings with staff members of the International law department, including professor Aslan Abashidze (head of the department of international law, and elected member to the UN committee on Economic, Cultural and Social rights), Dr Alexander Soltsnev (international environmental law researcher), and Dr Aleksandra Koneva (international human rights researcher), were held, during which not only many issues of international environmental law and human rights were discussed, but also ideas for further cooperation were considered. Also meetings were held with the Director of the Law Institute, Dr Oleg Yastrebov (administrative law), and Marjan took part in a meeting with Vice-rector Nur Kirabaev (Dr in philosophy). Overall, the visit has brought many new and positive insights on how the Peoples’ Friendship University carries out its work and mission, with a specific emphasis on building an international community of well-educated students.

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    • Yesterday Renny Reyes (Erasmus University Rotterdam, EDLE) presented her ongoing research 'Better Regulation and Accountability in Latin American Countries'. Thanks to Renny for the presentation, to Denise Prevost for acting as discussant, and to everyone else who participated in the discussion.

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    • The Corporate Finance Law Honours Track is organized under the METRO flag. More information can be found on the METRO website and on the FaceBook page of the Corporate Finance Law Honours Track. Check the latter also for more news and more pictures!

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    • Tomorrow night (Tuesday 6 March), the world wide project Climate keys will organize an event in Maastricht, starting at 8 PM. METRO fellow Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters (METRO/MCEL/ICIS) will participate in this event that combines musical activity with a speech related to climate change. Information can be found at:

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