The Maastricht European Private Law Institute conducts fundamental research in the field of European private law and related areas. Since the beginning of the 19th century, the study of law has primarily been national as a result of legal science’s focus on national legislation and case law. We believe that, in an age of Europeanisation and globalization, law should be studied as an international phenomenon. MEPLI’s mission is to move away from focusing on law at the national level and explore the consequences of international integration for the classical areas of law (such as private law), thus crossing borders between both national jurisdictions and the classical areas of law. This ‘post-national’ legal science begins by questioning the relevance of distinguishing between public and private law. Where useful, we also involve other disciplines such as political science, economics, and psychology. Within these broad topics, we identify a number of specific themes to work on for each three year-period. Since our research is aimed at the international academic legal community, MEPLI members publish their research primarily in internationally recognised journals and in books published by international publishers.
The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The Center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Key themes in our research and education are: online privacy and personal data protection; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data science and law; internet governance; law and complexity in digital society; electronic communications law; children’s rights in the digital world; and media and fundamental rights. The mission of our center is to study the global rise and spread of digital technologies and their interplay with law and other forms of regulation. The core activities of the Center are offering education at bachelor, master, and post-graduate level and carrying out academic research on the plurality of interactions between law, regulation and digital technologies.
Technolawgeeks is an independent interdisciplinary group bringing together Maastricht University staff, students, alumni and more. We believe in the potential of bringing multiple disciplines together, especially law and technology, through collaboration and knowledge exchange, in an audience that is not as such limited to students. The positive social impact is multidimensional. Students: it improves the skill sets and employability of the students. Innovation: it increases the likelihood of concrete solutions at the intersection of those fields to be developed in the future. Society: it encourages a new generation to lead by example by no longer being afraid to cross disciplinary boundaries. We aim to fill a gap in Maastricht through an independent initiative because the (university) institutions are taking too long to create an interdisciplinary environment for students and staff. We believe in ‘doing’ as much as ‘thinking’ and our community should be actively involved whenever possible. In other words, entrepreneurial mindset and hands-on activities should be encouraged.