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.


  • 10th anniversary cesl

    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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  • Phil Chan

    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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  • Three new Student Fellows

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    METRO  is happy to present three new Student Fellows: Aliea Meazza (IT/IE), Agata Meysner (PL) and Daisy Ivanova (BG/BE). They are all currently in the third year of the European Law School Programme and will be assisting Prof. Faure and Prof. Philipsen. More information about their research interests can be found on our FaceBook page.

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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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    • Today guest speaker Dr. Phil C.W. Chan (Institute for Security and Development, Chengdu and Stockholm) presented a METRO seminar on China's voting behaviour and argumentation in the UN Security Council. Thanks to Phil and all participants in the discussion.

      5 days 12 hours ago
    • We are happy to present three more Student Fellows: Justine Boon (BE), Monique Lundh (DK) and Belén Bernal Ordóñez (ES). Welcome to METRO!

      More information about their backgrounds and research interests is added in the comments. For a complete overview of all current METRO Student Fellows, please visit our website: .

      1 week 3 days ago
    • Photo by Research Institute Metro

      METRO fellow Mariolina Eliantonio, Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law and Procedure at Maastricht University, stands as a candidate for the forthcoming elections of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S)’s Council. Votes can be cast online until 11 December. Here is the link to voting system and Mariolina’s electoral statement.

      1 week 4 days ago
    • While again in Beijing teaching EU Competition Law at the China-EU School of Law (CESL), METRO fellows Niels Philipsen and Caroline Cauffman were invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of CESL. The event included a number of high-profile speakers, including EU Ambassador in China Nicolas Chapuis and former Chinese Minister of Justice Zhang Fusen. Also attending were a large number of former and current CESL students and staff.

      3 weeks 5 days ago
    • Today Metro/ICGI fellow Constantijn van Aartsen presented 'A brief introduction to market theory' to a full Board Room. Thanks to Constantijn and everyone else who participated!

      1 month 4 weeks ago
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      METRO fellows Mariolina Eliantonio, Caroline Cauffman and Niels Philipsen participated in an international seminar on the use of EU soft law by administrations and courts in the area of competition and state aid law, held in Ljubljana (SI), at Nova Univerza.

      Caroline and Niels presented the results of the case study of the Netherlands. Caroline presented her case law research and interviews with Dutch judges on competition and soft law, while Niels presented the part on State aid.

      Mariolina is one of the academic coordinators of SoLaR. For more info, see

      2 months 3 days ago
    • We are happy to present three new Student Fellows: Aliea Meazza (IT/IE), Agata Meysner (PL) and Daisy Ivanova (BG/BE). Welcome to METRO!

      More information about their backgrounds and research interests is added in the comments.

      2 months 1 week ago
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      The METRO Master course 'Law and Economics' crosses the border - again! Designed by Niels Philipsen (and jointly taught in Maastricht with Michael Faure and Kristel de Smedt), the course is now also part of the curriculum of Hasselt University, where it is taught by Kristel and Niels.

      After China and Belgium, what's next? 😀

      2 months 1 week ago
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      Research Institute Metro shared Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)'s post.

      Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)
      2 months 3 weeks ago
    • On Friday 14 September, METRO researcher Yu Yan successfully defended her PhD thesis 'A Changing Landscape of Road Traffic Liability in China: A View from Law and Economics'.

      Many congratulations to Dr. Yan!

      2 months 4 weeks ago