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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, 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.

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METRO’s research takes place
in the following pillars: 

1. Global Justice
2. Institutional Transformations
3. Globalising Markets 



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    Recent blogs

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Today, a blog by Niels Philipsen was published as a Faculty of Law blog. Earlier this year, Mariolina Eliantonio, Sarah Schoenmaekers, Michael Faure (with Yu Yan) and Marjan Peeters also published in Law Blogs Maastricht.

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    PhD defense Mr Aka Firmin Yapo

    Friday, January 29, 2021

    On Tuesday 2 February at 13:00, Mr Aka Firmin Yapo will defend his PhD thesis called "La protection des transports de marchandises par mer en droit ivoirien: sécurité de la marchandise et sûreté de la navigation."

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    Online book presentation Gian Marco Solas

    Monday, November 9, 2020

    On 3 November, Gian Marco Solas (external research fellow at METRO) presented his book "Third Party Funding. Law, Economics and Policy" (Cambridge University Press) to a select audience of EU law and international litigation and arbitration specialists.

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  • PhD defenses METRO in Autumn 2020

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    METRO is happy to announce the following four PhD defenses, all taking place in the Autumn of 2020:

    - 7 October, 16:00: Georges Akoa
    - 14 October, 12:00: Constantijn van Aartsen
    - 28 October, 16:00: Sandra Nobrega
    - 12 November, 10:00: Abasse Olossoumare

    More information about these defenses can be found on the website of the UM Faculty of Law.

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    Publication study for RIVM on working with HDI

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    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.

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  • Visit Chinese delegation of SAMR

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    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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  • Conflicts and Compromise: Internationalization of Competition Law

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    PhD thesis written by Shuo Li. 
    Competition law gained a lot of attention all over the world because of its natural relation to economy and market. With the background that the pace of globalization nowadays is faster than ever before, this research will focus on the internationalization of competition law, including basic concepts, historical development, present situation and future possibilities of international competition law.

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  • Guest lectures in China and Taiwan

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    While in Beijing teaching Competition Law at the China-EU School of Law (with Caroline Cauffman) from 4-8 November, Niels Philipsen gave guest lectures at the CUPL School of Law and Economics and at the Central University of Finance and Economics. Also in November, Marjan Peeters was invited to give a lecture at National Taipei University in Taiwan.

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  • Agency Theory in the 21st Century

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    The Institute for Corporate Governance and Innovation Policies (ICGI) and METRO will organize an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Agency Theory in the 21st Century', to be held in Maastricht on 25 October 2019.

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  • Workshop on aviation emissions

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    On 21 and 22 October 2019, METRO research fellows Marjan Peeters and Caroline Cauffman will co-organize (with Marc Davidson and Liesbeth Lijnzaad) an expert workshop titled 'Minimising the impact of aviation emissions: what way forward?'. 

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  • Lectures at CUFE and CUPL

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    On Tuesday 18 June 2019 Michael Faure gave a lecture at the School for Law and Economics of the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, China. On the same day, METRO also co-organized an "International Seminar on Competition and Public and Private Regulation" at the Law School of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE).

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  • Presentation findings CO(2)mpensate

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    On 28 May, the Premium student team CO2mpensate presented its findings on how to compensate aviation emissions, using a multi-criteria analysis. The institutes METRO and ICIS, based at Maastricht University, both acted as clients for this student advice.


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  • Joint article on climate liability

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Prof. Michael Faure and Prof. Marjan Peeters joined forces and published an article on Climate Liability examining questions and prospects on the role of regulation  in relation to tort law from a law and economics perspective.The article is published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on climate science (a multidisciplinary collection) and is freely accessible here.

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  • Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    METRO is proud to present the book 'Smart Mixes for Transboundary Environmental Harm', edited by Michael Faure and Niels Philipsen, together with André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) and Judith van Erp (Utrecht University). 

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  • PhD degree awarded to Ancui Liu

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    On Friday 22 February 2019, METRO fellow Ancui Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Regulating Genetically Modified Crops in View of Environmental Risks: China’s Implementation of International Obligations" at Maastricht University.

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    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 represented at 10th anniversary CESL

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    While teaching EU Competition Law at the China-EU School of Law (CESL) in Beijing, METRO/MEPLI fellows Niels Philipsen and Caroline Cauffman were invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of CESL. 

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    Metro seminar with guest speaker Phil Chan (ISDP)

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    On 10 December (10:00-11:00) Dr. Phil C.W. Chan, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), will give a guest lecture.

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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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