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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)

      Full house today at the first MEPLI Talk in 2018 with Bas van Zelst: ‘The Netherlands Commercial Court: Concerns from a European Perspective’

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      Technology is one of the main factors challenging the 21st-century job market. With a new wave of automatization just around the corner, one of the main questions a lot of professions will have in common is: what can professionals do, that machines cannot? One of the answers to this question relates to the increased attention given at international level to soft skills in education. These skills include empathy, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, to mention a few.
      Maastricht University’s Law Faculty has been trying to innovate the way in which legal education is delivered in the 21st century, through its inherent pedagogy (Problem-Based Learning) as well as out-of-the-classroom education such as moot court competitions and legal clinics.
      One of the activities undertaken in this respect is the WeMediate course, a SURF Net supported online course designed for the development of 21st-century skills through mediation simulations. This course uses professional content made by well-renowned invited mediators from around the world and aims to make students aware of the potential of mediation for the development of their interpersonal communication skills. Still, mediation is only one type of Alternative Dispute Resolution which may be interesting for universities to adopt; arbitration, as well as negotiation, could play a much more central role in the creation of a future professional.
      The aim of this conference is to bring together educators, researchers, professionals and students, to engage in a meaningful dialogue regarding the future of legal education, using ADR as a means to deliver significant skills to future graduates.

      1 month 2 weeks ago
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      Season's greetings from the MEPLI crowd!

      1 month 4 weeks ago

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