Europe and a globalising world

Research and education at UM have been thematic, multidisciplinary, and inspired by social themes. UM distinguishes itself by focusing on three main research themes (i.e. ‘Quality of life’, ‘Europe and a Globalising World’, and ‘Learning and innovation’) which are studied on the basis of different disciplines at all relevant levels. During the last decades the European integration process and the position of Europe as a specific actor on the global scene has increased enormously. Most research questions concern the intrinsic value of having a European Union and the character and the direction of the European integration process. Questions arising from this perspective deal with the role of Europe’s corporations in developing a sustainable global economy and the configuration of service-and supply chains to maintain Europe’s competitive position in the world. Specific issues that deserve particular attention are responsible investing, green buildings, sustainable supply chains, responsible leadership, employee well-being as well as the value of complex service systems.



"The crisis will clear the air"

In Society
Friday, 17 February 2012 13:38

The 20th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty recently came and went, but was there really cause to celebrate? What’s next for the European Union (EU)? Sophie Vanhoonacker and Thomas Christiansen, professors at the newly founded Maastricht Centre for European Governance, are optimistic. “The crisis calls for strong decisions to be made.”

Opting for the easiest path is not in the character of Hildegard Schneider, professor of European Union Law at the Maastricht University (UM) Faculty of Law. When she was offered the position of faculty dean, she knew the financial cutbacks meant she would face hard times. So she did hesitate – but only briefly. Schneider: “I’ve known this faculty for 25 years, and have witnessed many different developments. Now we’re being confronted with new challenges, we have to make the best of it. Which is easier when you’re the dean yourself.”

“Never waste a good crisis”

In Money
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 08:42

While the economic crisis does not bode well for most, economists are having a field day. Professionally speaking, of course. Falling stocks, mounting debts, struggling pension funds and a euro fighting for its life: it is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and debate. Olaf Sleijpen and Bertrand Candelon, both professors at Maastricht University (UM), hold up their end in a discussion of causes and solutions.

EU leaders return to Maastricht for a conference 20 years after Treaty: a video registration.

After four years doing research and supervising PhD candidates and postdocs at the European University Institute in Florence, Professor Kiran Klaus Patel decided to relocate to Maastricht University. As of 1 September, he is the new professor of European and Global History and head of the History Department at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

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?

The enemy is us

In Society
Thursday, 14 April 2005 00:00

The Holocaust as a common European memory

Historian Dr. Andrea Tyndall recently started to work in the History department of the Faculty of Arts and Culture. Her research focuses on the role of the Holocaust as a common European memory to support democracy and a European identity. “We have to have a shared past in order to have a common future.” Dr. Tyndall recently wrote the (not yet published) book ‘The Building of Memory’, which describes among others the roles of the European Commission and the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance and Education in the process of creating a European common history on the basis of the Holocaust.

”Let the judges speak”

In Society
Wednesday, 30 June 2004 00:00

The living law as a basis for comparative legal study

Because of the growing influence of the European Union the EU Member States become also in the legal area increasingly involved with each other. To bring lawyers throughout Europe (or in any case the future generations) closer together so that they can actually learn to understand each other - also in those areas where EU law doesn't seem to have much influence - research institutes METRO (Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research, Universiteit Maastricht) and Leuven CCLE (Leuven Centre for a Common Law of Europe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) together take the lead in an ambitious research project: The Ius Commune Casebooks for the Common Law of Europe.

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