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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.

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).

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 

 

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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.

    The project has two components, on the one hand, it provides judicial training in the field of Private International Law. The other component of the project is the PAX Moot Competition, which is a specialized moot court competition focused on Transnational Law and Private International Law issues. The team representing Maastricht University in the first year of participation achieved excellent results, and advanced to the semi-finals. 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.

    The project creates a consortium between the University of Antwerp (the project’s coordinator), Maastricht University, the Asser Institute, ESADE, the University of Ljubljana, Paris Dauphine University and Sofia University. The project members on behalf of Maastricht University and M-EPLI are Remco van Rhee and Bas van Zelst, with Diana Schabregs for financial aspects and assisted by M-EPLI intern Laura Zsarnai. M-EPLI Co-Director Marta Pertegás Sender is the main project coordinator on behalf of the University of Antwerp.

    More information will follow on the project’s website, which is currently under construction.

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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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    Marta Santos Silva co-edits large book on the legal impact of coronavirus

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Together with Ewoud Hondius, Andrea Nicolussi, Pablo Salvador Coderch, Christiane Wendehorst and Fryderyk Zoll, Marta Santos Silva co-edited the book “Coronavirus and the Law in Europe”, whose online version was published by Intersentia in August 2020.

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  • Using AI for consumer protection: creating AI based persona for mystery shopping

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Caroline Cauffman obtained an NWO grant to carry out a feasibility study for a tool that automatically creates personas and automatises mystery shopping by consumer authorities. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute led by dr. Jim Jansen. The project will start in the academic year 2020-2021 and it will run over a period of 1 year. 

     

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  • Caroline Cauffman appointed member of the Editorial Board TvC

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    One of the scientific directors of M-EPLI, Caroline Cauffman, has joined the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Handelspraktijken- en Consumentenrecht (TvC), the most influential Dutch consumer law journal. 

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