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Maastricht European Private Law Institute

The Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) conducts fundamental research in the field of European private law, covering not only the law of contract, property and tort, but also European procedural law, European legal theory and European legal history. Special focus is on exploring the consequences of Europeanisation and globalisation in the field of private law.

News

  • Bram Akkermans Appointed TPR Visiting Chair

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    M-EPLI associate director and Associate Professor of European Private Law Bram Akkermans has been appointed to the TPR Visiting Chair for the academic year 2017-2018 at the Catholic University of Leuven. During the upcoming academic year Bram will hold several lectures and plan other activities at KU Leuven.

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  • M-EPLI fellows at the New Civil Rights and the Rule of Law conference in China

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    From 7-9 November 2016, M-EPLI PhD candidates Jiangqiu Ge and Liuhu Luo presented their papers  at the conference New Civil Rights and the Rule of Law in China.

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    What is Private Law For? A MEPLI Round Table Conference

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    This Round Table conference explores the limits of, and justification for, the exercise of private autonomy in five main fields of private law: the law of contract, tort, property, succession and family relationships. 

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    New Working Paper on The Reform of the French Law of Obligations

    Monday, October 3, 2016

    A new MEPLI working paper by Jan Smits and Caroline Calomme on 'The Reform of the French Law of Obligations: Lex Jeux Sont Faits'.

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    New MEPLI working paper by Fabian Junge on The Necessity of European Harmonization in the Area of Trade Secrets

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    New MEPLI working paper by Fabian Junge on 'The Necessity of European Harmonization in the Area of Trade Secrets'.

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  • Agustin Parise appointed Director of Scientific Studies at IALS

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Agustin Parise was appointed as Director of Scientific Studies at the International Association of Legal Science (IALS).

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Research

M-EPLI conducts fundamental research in the field of European private law and related areas. Our belief is that in an age of Europeanisation and globalisation law should be studied as an international phenomenon. M-EPLI crosses borders between both national jurisdictions and the classical areas of law. A post-national legal science cannot take the distinction between public and private law as a starting point, but has to question the relevance of this distinction. Where useful, it also involves other disciplines (such as political science, economics and psychology).

Education

All M-EPLI researchers are involved in teaching, one way or the other. In bachelor’s and master’s programmes, their focus is on European Private Law. Students also have the opportunity to participate in M-EPLI research projects in various ways.

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Blogs

  • In this blog I like to inform you about a visit to an interesting event on Law and Technology. The organiser has been striving to open the minds of law students from the University of Pavia and expose them to different views as to how technology can offer solutions for legal problems.

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  • Absurd claim

    21-02-2017byJan Smits in Law

    On 9 April 2011 a gunman killed 6 people in a shopping mall in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn. A group of victims now claims damages from the gunman’s parents, claiming that they should have prevented their son from this horrendous act. The claim will fail: on the facts of the case, there is...

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  • How diverse is Dutch science? According to a majority in the Second Chamber, perhaps not quite diverse. Last week, the Chamber adopted a motion that calls upon the government to clarify whether Dutch university staff is made up too much homogeneous. ( Dutch only)

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