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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.


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 



  • Paper

    Call for papers: Ius Commune Workshop on Empirical Contract Law

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The workshop will take place on 25 November 2021 and it seeks to provide an opportunity for legal scholars to present their most recent empirical studies in the field of contract law. Early-stage contributions where the data has not yet been collected and analyzed are also invited.

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  • Prize

    Ius Commune Prize 2021

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The Ius Commune Prize will be awarded to the PhD student or starting researcher who wrote an article of outstanding quality which falls within the material scope encompassed by the objectives of the Ius Commune Research School. The value of the prize is € 1.250,-.

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  • Lawyer

    The Maastricht Private Law Lecture by Prof. dr. Vincent Sagaert to take place on 22 April 2021

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    The Maastricht Private Law Lecture, hosted by the Maastricht Department of Private Law, invites a distinguished scholar to address a topic related to the wide field of private law. Registration is free of charge.

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  • Launch

    Launch of the project CounterRisk: “New skills to face the risks of counterfeiting in consumer goods for children”.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    The project is funded by the European Commission within call 2020 Strategic Partnerships of Erasmus+ Programme. Dr. Caroline Cauffman will represent M-EPLI as an associated partner.

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  • Webinar

    Summary and Recording of the Webinar on Researching Discrimination in E-Commerce and Online Advertising is Now Available

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 Read more
  • Online Learning

    There is still time to register for the webinar on Researching Discrimination in E-Commerce and Online Advertising

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 Read more

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