Corporate governance put into practice

In Society
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:38

ICGI Research Institute: multidisciplinary corporate governance

While governance is a term widely used in many circles including academia, a precise and uniform definition seems to be lacking. Yet Bas Steins Bisschop, endowed professor of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance at Maastricht University, does not seem too worried. ‘If we knew exactly what it meant, we’d already have thought of a Dutch term for it,’ he says with a laugh. Luckily, he and his colleague, Prof. Jan Eijsbouts, are able to offer concrete examples of research conducted in the field of corporate governance, which is exactly the focus of the newly established Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies (ICGI).


Peter van den Bossche, professor of International Economic Law at Maastricht University, was appointed judge at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in late 2009. This is a top judicial position for which only one European is eligible. With thanks to Maastricht University (UM), where the Belgian Van den Bossche will continue his professorship. “No matter how great this WTO position is, I’d consider quitting teaching a very high price to pay.”

Van den Bossche, not to put too fine a point on it, is itching to start his first court case at the Appellate Body. This is the WTO’s highest judicial body, a college of seven judges from all continents of the world. His first case will likely concern a complaint from the United States against the European Union about the controversial state support the EU has been giving to aircraft producer Airbus. With the stakes as high as €200 billion, it would be a great case for a debutant to sink his teeth into.


Rewarding evil with good

In Society
Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:29

Criminal justice from a spiritual perspective

The walls of his office are lined with portraits and quotes by philosophers. Three bookshelves are stuffed with books on law, philosophy and religion, respectively. And still hanging on the noticeboard are the mindmaps with which Jacques Claessen began his PhD dissertation six long years ago. The central question, ‘What behaviour should be considered punishable, and what not?’ has gradually been replaced by ‘How does the mystic view crime and punishment?’ The project has led not only to a dissertation, but also a journey of personal development. Read on to find out how an atheist became a ‘mystic on training wheels’.


Three talented and home-grown legal scientists

A university that wants to compete with the best needs to have a keen eye for outstanding students. Add to that extra supervision and a dash of confidence, and you get research that reveals new insights. Someone who understands the art of talent scouting like no other is Hildegard Schneider, Professor of European Migration Law. Three German PhD candidates graduated recently, partly under her supervision science. Read on for the value of the home-grown student and the rewards of enthusiasm.


Repudiated, by husband and Europe

Tuesday, 25 August 2009 11:12

About Muslim marriage dissolution and European recognition

A woman who has been repudiated by her husband in Egypt may have a very difficult time getting this type of marriage dissolution recognised in Belgium. That can be a problem if, for example, she wants to marry again or apply for a state benefit. Such recognition is easier to obtain in the Netherlands. Not only do the recognition policies differ among the European member states, but the forms of marriage dissolution in the Islamic countries themselves vary enormously. There’s more to the issue of repudiation than the Western perception that it is ‘anti-woman’. Which recognition policy best serves the interests of women divorced under Islamic law?


Revenge does not make wounds heal faster

In Society
Thursday, 09 October 2003 00:00

Research into the function of a mysterious emotion

Recent developments in the Middle-East cause the question tot arise again why people are inclined to repay evil with evil. Prof. Hans Crombag, emeritus professor of Psychology of Law, conducted research among Psychology and Law students to find an explanation for this phenomenon. Unfortunately, the results of this research didn’t give an indication of what the function of revenge could be. He did find out that most people are not inclined to take revenge when they are hurt. Besides, it does not make a difference if one takes revenge or not for coping with hurt in the long run.


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