Research institutes

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.


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).

M-EPLI’s research covers both the ‘integration’ and ‘interaction’ poles of the Faculty’s research programme (Integration of and interaction between legal orders). M-EPLI has three research lines 1. Convergence and divergence of private law, 2. Transnational legal method and 3.Changing conceptions of private law.

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M-EPLI’s research takes place
in the following pillars: 

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



  • Cheklist

    Marta Santos Silva has been accepted to the "Academy of Change"

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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  • Regulation

    EuCML Welcomes New Members of Editorial Board and Advisory Board

    Monday, January 25, 2021
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  • Notepad

    Call for Abstracts: Researching Discrimination in E-Commerce and Online Advertising

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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  • Photo Pax project

    Launch of the project PAX - Private International Law in Motion

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    The project is funded by the Civil Justice Programme of the European Commission for a duration of two years and has the objective of familiarising future practitioners and judges with EU Private International Law.

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  • Janwillem (Pim) Oosterhuis in online seminar on COVID and unforeseen circumstances

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    On 8 October 2020, Janwillem (Pim) Oosterhuis, together with Lauri Railas and Graham Coop, will give a virtual seminar on 'Rebalancing unbalanced contracts in COVID times: how do legal systems approach the challenge?'

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  • Portoroz News

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    On 10-11 September 2020, the University of Maribor is hosting a conference on the "Diversity of Enforcement Titles in cross-border Debt Collection in the EU".

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