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


  • jorritsma

    International responsibility and attribution of conduct: an analysis of case law on human rights and humanitarian law

    Friday, September 10, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Remy Jorritsma
    This thesis analyses the standard and function of attribution rules in the case law of human rights courts, quasi-judicial human rights bodies, and international criminal courts with jurisdiction over violations of humanitarian law.

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  • Lars van Vliet

    Appointment of Lars van Vliet as extraordinary professor of Art Law, particularly in its private law aspects

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021
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  • vollmer

    Financial Instruments and their Proportionality and Consistency under EU Law

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    PhD thesis written by Maximilian Vollmer
    This thesis investigated whether the European Commission designs financial instruments and applies their legal framework in accordance with the principles of proportionality and consistency under European Union (EU) law.

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    Hestia grants for talented UM researchers

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) today awarded a Hestia grant to two researchers, who will receive a UM appointment funded by the ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’ pilot, which was launched in 2018.

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  • Call for abstracts: Challenges to Genocide Research

    Monday, June 14, 2021

    In collaboration with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights is organising a workshop entitled 'Critique is a gift: A workshop on challenges to genocide research.' The organisers invite abstracts to be submitted by July 15th 2021.

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  • zimmerman

    Success factors for cross-border real estate transactions: information and patience

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Buying a house abroad, with the complex procedures of rules and formalities that apply in the world of real estate transactions, one might wonder: what obstacles might I encounter? In her dissertation, Katja Zimmermann examined the operation and obstacles of various land registration systems. Her research resulted in well-considered proposals for the facilitation of cross-border real estate transactions.

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