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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

    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      We are happy to welcome Stephan Mulders - online reputation and privacy lawyer from Mulders Advocaten - who has joined MEPLI as an external fellow!

      Stephan graduated in 2016 with distinction from Tilburg University with a thesis on the success rate of lawyers, using big data techniques to analyze the actual Dutch court judgments over a three-year span. As a lawyer, he currently protects the online reputation of his clients in various cases. In practice, this means litigation against large international internet platforms like Google, Facebook or Twitter, to obtain the identity of the users of these platforms to be able to hold the anonymous user liable for these expressions. Stephan believes that the right to be anonymous should not be abused to prevent the legal discussion about the permissibility of online expressions. These procedures involve topics such as international jurisdiction, the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression. The other side of his practice consists of advisory services on the implementation of the GDPR and the obligations which stem from European privacy laws. Stephan has a special interest in the right to privacy according to the ECHR and its relationship with the right to freedom of expression. He has written more than 100 articles on privacy and the freedom of expression on his blog http://www.lexx-it.nl. Stephan is joining MEPLI as an external fellow, as he wishes to undertake more empirical legal research, using data science methodologies.

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    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI) updated their cover photo.

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      New MEPLI blogpost by our newest external fellow, Stephan Mulders from Mulders Advocaten, on the ECHR on Hidden Cameras on the Workfloor:

      'The two cases teach us that the ECtHR reads local privacy laws very literally if these laws protect the privacy. It means that employers should follow these laws strictly or risk committing a privacy infringement, even if following the law would lead to unreasonable results. On a less serious note, we now know that the ECtHR values the privacy of a professor severely less than the privacy of a supermarket employee. After all, the professors only received € 1.000, each in non-pecuniary damages for the infringement. The supermarket employees, however, are awarded € 4.000,- each in non-pecuniary damages. Well, it seems that the ECtHR applied some ancient Roman wisdom: Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.'

      ECHR on Hidden Cameras on the Workfloor: Two Interferences with Art. 8 ECHR | Maastricht European Private Law Institute
      2 months 4 days ago
    • Photo by Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI)

      Once more warm congratulations to Bram Akkermans, here below in the middle of his inaugural lecture as the TPR visiting professorship chair at KU Leuven, focused on an innovative take on property law in the 21st century: 'Sustainable Property Law: towards a revaluation of our system of property law'! #TPRwisselleerstoel

      2 months 5 days ago

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