Through our scholarship, research, and teaching, the Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies seeks to offer the highest standard of professional legal education. We aim to be distinctive in our commitment to both legal research and the importance of teaching by providing our students with academic, extracurricular, and other resources that will permit them to attain the highest possible level of achievement in legal education and prepare them for positions of leadership and service across many areas of legal practice, business, government, and community work.
ICGI offers a world-class PhD programme focused on research into the corporation, an integral honours/internship opportunity through the ICGI masterclass programme, internships, postgraduate courses, and much more. ICGI also offers its expertise in a custom specialisation within the Globalisation and Law master's programme.
- ICGI PhD training programme
- postgraduate education & internships
- master's education
ICGI PhD training programme
The ICGI PhD programme is designed to equip you with the skills necessary to research and complete a PhD on a topic within the active research areas of ICGI. We are looking for PHD-fellows with a master’s degree in law (and for other disciplines) who have strong academic interests, professional and/or volunteer experience and affiliation with research in corporate and commercial law. The programme is adjusted to complement various backgrounds and features:
- scheduling flexibility to pursue a PhD alongside your career
- research into corporations and their environment
- personal supervision during the entire programme
- integrated into the Ius Commune Research School
The centre of ICGI research is the corporation: its rules and regulations in interaction with significant changes in the business environment. These changes effect different corporate characteristics, including form, nature, structure, mission, strategy, policies, business models, and management.
The ICGI PhD programme features the following:
Personal supervision and monitoring
During the entire programme you will be supported by ICGI senior research fellows, staff members of the Maastricht Graduate School of Law and ICGI partner institutes throughout the course of your PhD research. Active participation in ICGI workshops and annual research conferences will facilitate assistance and monitor progress.
Ius Commune Research School Introductory days
This 2-day meeting takes place in Maastricht at the end of September and provides a general introduction to the Research School, its mission, objectives, goals, and the relation of these to research carried out in the School. First and foremost, the meeting gives PhD researchers from different faculties an opportunitiy to meet and to get to know one-another
Ius Commune postgraduate training courses
Comparative Law Research in Theory and in Practice - 3-day course for postgraduates engaged in comparative law research.
Foundations of Ius Commune - 3-day programme with 2 days of lectures (Socratic Method) analysing Ius Commune. Day 3 is a roundtable discussion.
Ius Commune Conference Workshops
For more information about the Ius Commune Research School, the Ius Commune PhD program and the annual Ius Commune Conference, please visit the Ius Commune website at www.iuscommune.eu.
UM Graduate School of Law courses and workshops
CGI PhD fellows may opt in for a number of courses and workshops of the Masters Honours research Track, comprised of courses on the foundations of European common law, methods of human rights research, empirical research methods, and practical research, writing and presentation skills. Go to the Graduate School of Law website for more information.
UM master courses
Many UM master courses are open to ICGI PhD fellows. Upon request, ICGI will advise in additional educational activities ensuring the program to be tailored to the individual researcher’s schedule, qualifications, background and research topic (an additional fee may be involved).
Postgraduate Education & Internships
ICGI has partnered with the faculty of law to provide training and development for (corporate) lawyers. The associate programme is designed to offer companies improved services to their clients while enhancing their professional reputation. For an annual fee ICGI associates gain:
- research assistance
- proactive exposure to the ICGI network (e.g. other academic institutes, alumni and students)
- in-house lectures on current issues in the field of corporate law twice every year
- additional in-house courses, presentations or lectures are given for a reduced rate
- a 30% discount on all post graduate courses at the faculty of law.
For a better idea of ICGI's partners, visit the websites of these ICGI associates:
Associate programme internship
ICGI Associates is looking for driven, motivated students with outstanding academic credentials. ICGI works intensively with law offices on both research and education, and offers the opportunity to work in one of these offices on a tailored internships for you.
ICGI Student Fellowship
The ICGI Student Fellowship offers motivated students work experience at the highest level within the context of their corporate law studies, furthering their organizational, research, and analytical skills required for a comprehensive approach towards law and legal enigmas.
PAO-courses are for university graduates and others working at graduate level and provide graduates with opportunities to keep abreast of developments in science and technology, in order to ensure that they will be able to deliver the best possible professional performance.
In a rapidly globalising world, companies come into contact with international law on a daily basis. As a result, the body of international laws that govern commercial activities is steadily growing. In this specialisation, you will study corporate and commercial law from a comparative perspective. You will learn how companies can cross borders and you’ll be familiarised with different ways in which legal systems across the world approach businesses and trade activities.
ICGI initiated and developed the specialisation Corporate and Commercial Law in the master programme Globalisation and Law. This specialization is based on and continuously in line with our research programme and is an internationally-oriented track taught entirely in English. You’ll be able to follow courses on topics such as corporative company law, European competition and international trade. Theory will be combined with work on both fictional and true-life legal cases. After you’ve graduated, you will have all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a successful legal professional in this highly challenging field.