Graduate School

Maastricht Graduate School of Law

The Graduate School of Law offers a stimulating and internationally oriented environment for legal research. It is dedicated to training excellent PhD researchers and honours students from all over the world, extending, deepening and actively applying their knowledge on their journey to becoming highly qualified researchers.

Research & training

We aim at supervising research carried out in the areas of law in which
our institutes and inter-university research schools are specialized:

  1. Global justice
  2. Institutional transformations
  3. Globalising markets
  4. Cross-border cooperation and mobility
  5. Law and Technology

The main focus is the role of law in an ever-globalising society and
the institutional and substantive legal developments in Europeanisation
and globalisation. Research is rooted in the institutes and in the domains
of the inter-university Ius Commune Research School (the common law of Europe).

The Maastricht Graduate School of Law
offers sound and tailor-made training
to PhD researchers and Master’s
Honours students.

Both training programmes focus on research
methodology, research integrity, skills training
and career development.

In addition, PhD researchers may teach
bachelor’s and master’s courses at
Maastricht University in their field
of expertise.

LAW PhD Defences


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    How a joint European asylum system could eventually be realised

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Can you still remember the picture of the body of a drowned toddler washed up on the Turkish beach? In September 2015, the image of the Syrian child refugee Alan Kurdi shocked the world. Surely things would change for the better now! However, the outcome was disappointing. With a Veni grant, Lilian Tsourdi (Maastricht University) is investigating EU immigration and asylum law in the hope of getting the ball to roll a bit faster.

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    Best Defendant memorandum Award voor Tax Moot Court team

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    From March 28 - April 2, 2021, Maastricht University competed in the International and European Tax Moot Court Competition 2020 – 2021 organized by the Institute of Tax Law of KU Leuven and the IBFD in cooperation with Deloitte.

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    General principles as systemic elements of international law

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Craig Eggett.
    This study considered the nature of “general principles of law” in the international legal system. While much is known about treaties and customary law, there is a tendency to overlook foundational theoretical questions about general principles in international law. What kind of norms are they?

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  • Taxation of passive investment income in tax treaties between developing and developed countries

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Garfias von Fürstenberg.
    The aim of this doctoral thesis is to determine whether the criteria / principles which govern the treatment of passive investment income in double taxation conventions (DTCs) between developing and developed countries are effective and appropriate for the interests of developing countries.

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    Appointment of dr. Christopher Heath as endowed chair Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    As per 1 March 2021, dr. Christopher Heath has been appointed as professor on the endowed chair of Intellectual Property Foundations, Institutions and Adjudication. 

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    ITEM focal point taken up: addition to Dutch qualification policy for German social insurance schemes

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    The Dutch Ministry of Finance has updated the guideline on the tax qualification policy of foreign social security schemes. According to expertise centre ITEM, the addition concerning certain German social insurances is a positive development, which is in line with their vision and commitment in respect of cross-border pension regulations. The tax treatment of, among others, liberal professions and professional soldiers is addressed.

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