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.


  • 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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  • PhD defence Mengxing Lu Diploma

    PhD defence Mengxing LU

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    CHOOSE or LOSE: another road to China’s Sustainable Development - A law and economics analysis of corporate sustainable theories and practices

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  • Michael Faure

    New article by Prof. Faure

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Michael Faure, The Development of Environmental Criminal Law in the EU and its Member States, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 

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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.

Go to Ius Commune website


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.


    • 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:

      1 week 6 days ago
    • On 21 February, Ancui Liu presented her research on 'Cultivating GM crops in China: A legal study on the regulatory approaches to prevent and remedy potential environmental damage' in the framework of the Metro Seminar Series.

      2 weeks 6 days ago
    • On 13 December, Mathias Müller presented his paper 'The Aarhus Convention and EU Emissions Trading: Private verifiers as public authorities?' at the Metro seminar series. Thanks Mathias for the interesting paper and the audience for a lively discussion.

      We hope to see all of you at the Metro seminars again in 2018!

      2 months 3 weeks ago
    • The printed version of the inaugural lecture by Niels Philipsen is now available.

      Eleven International Publishing - Shifts in Private and Public Regulation
      3 months 6 days ago
    • On 27 October, Niels Philipsen held his inaugural lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he holds the Chair of Shifts in Private and Public Regulation. Here are some pictures of the event, which was visited by many UM and METRO colleagues, as well as Niels' colleagues from EUR and RILE, friends and family members.

      4 months 1 week ago
    • * Book release * "Environmental Governance and Common Pool
      Resources. A Comparison of Fishery and Forestry" by Michael Faure, Peter Mascini and Jing Liu.
      This book analyses the drivers of specific common pool resource problems, particularly in fisheries and forestry, examining the way in which private and public regulation have intervened to fight the common pool resource problem by contributing to the establishment and maintenance of property rights.
      * 20% discount with the flyer *

      4 months 4 weeks ago
    • On 13th September, METRO's guest speaker Ms. Maria Fernanda Caporale Madi (Erasmus University Rotterdam) gave a presentation on Antitrust enforcement of collaborative agreements: a comparative approach.

      We thank Maria as well as the audience for their contribution and lively discussion.

      6 months 6 hours ago