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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 



  • Bram Akkermans

    Bram Akkermans will deliver his inaugural lecture: ’Sustainable Property Law. Reckoning, Resilience, and Reform’

    Thursday, February 17, 2022

    On Friday 22 April 2022 M-EPLI fellow Bram Akkermans will deliver his inaugural lecture as Maastricht’s Professor of Property Law titled ’Sustainable Property Law. Reckoning, Resilience, and Reform’.

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  • IP

    Deadline Extended: Call for Abstracts - Competition & IP in the Digital Markets

    Monday, January 17, 2022

    The deadline for submission of abstracts for the conference 'Competition and IP in Digital Markets' has been extended until 6 February.

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  • digital technology

    Catalina Goanta wins an ERC Starting Grant

    Thursday, January 13, 2022

    Our colleague Catalina Goanta received the very good news that she received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for her research project on “Human Ads: Towards Fair Advertising in Content Monetization of Social Media.”

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  • Caroline Cauffman

    Caroline Cauffman appointed as an expert at the Belgian Special Advisory Commission on unfair contract terms

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Caroline Cauffman is benoemd tot deskundige bij de Belgische Bijzondere raadgevende commissie onrechtmatige bedingen

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  • Roundtable

    M-EPLI Roundtable - 14 October 2021

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    An online M-EPLI roundtable on private international law issues will take place on 14 October 2021, relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign punitive damages judgements in countries ouside of Europe (e.g., US). 

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  • 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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