Social in heart and mind

In People
Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:43

Her parents founded the Michelin star restaurant De Echoput in Apeldoorn, now run by her brother. As a child she helped out by washing dishes, and from the age of 14 she ran the souvenir shop with her sister. She learned from her parents the value of hard work and independence. “And from my father I learned to be authentic. To stand up for your beliefs and stay true to yourself.” Rather than follow her brother into the family business, she decided to spread her wings. Now professor of Social Law specialising in labour and social security law, Saskia Klosse was appointed to the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) in August.  


"You know those moments when you have a good idea, but nobody seems to be interested? This time, it was different. It was the right moment." Hildegard Schneider, dean of the Faculty of Law, is happy – and with good reason. She is one of the initiators of the brand new Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross-Border Cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). Researchers at this centre of expertise are not only studying the typical problems that arise in border regions, but also solving them. "We’re ambitious, and we have to be. Our findings could be extremely useful for the future of our province."


Advocate of tea

In Alumni
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:05
Maastricht University graduate Mirjam Lommel worked in corporate law, advising on mergers, acquisitions and the formation of limited companies. After suffering a burnout – "I missed the contact with people" – she took a surprising turn in her career. She now runs the teahouse 't Bluk in Laren.

He fled the golden cage

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:23
Peter van den Bossche speaks thoughtfully, as befits a judge. Certain things he doesn’t say, but instead portrays with his hands. To illustrate the collaboration with his six colleagues in the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO), he rubs the knuckles of his fists against each other. With a more than impressive CV, he holds the highest judicial position in the field of international trade law. He may be in Geneva more often than he is in Maastricht, but he feels a deep bond with the university. “I owe UM so much.”

The High Council of Nobility will celebrate its 200th anniversary on 23 June. René de Groot, Maastricht professor of Comparative Law and International Private Law, will deliver the keynote address in the presence of King Willem-Alexander. De Groot’s position on nobiliary law is anything but vague: one should refrain from overhauling such a historic institution. "But should you choose to modernise it, you have to treat men and women equally."

It’s a man’s world – but not for long

In Society
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:03

The fact that men and women differ in many ways should be taken into account in scientific research more often, according to the European Commission. Therefore, researchers applying for a grant from the new European framework programme Horizon 2020 must indicate how their study design addresses sex and gender differences. The Maastricht researcher Ineke Klinge led the EU project Gendered Innovations, which developed a checklist to help researchers meet this obligation. How do three UM professors view this development?


Living the international dream, locally

In Alumni
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:51
Landing a job is tricky these days, especially for young university graduates. Still, you shouldn’t give up on your dreams: in life’s very unpredictability, you may find your path. Alinde Verhaag,head of case analysis at Eurojustin The Hague, is the perfect example.

When marriage becomes a prison

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:34

“Till death do us part” – or divorce, we should perhaps add to that most famous of all marriage vows. In the Netherlands, one in three marriages ends in divorce. And the Dutch government has plans to permit divorce without judicial intervention, which means – in some cases at least – separating is set to become even easier. However, the end of a civil marriage does not necessarily imply the end of its religious equivalent. This is a serious social problem for religious and migrant communities in our multicultural society, and can even lead to instances of marital captivity.


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