Maastricht Law Talk
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Maastricht Law Talk is a monthly podcast covering comparative law in a European context. Benedikt and his guests talk about the different areas of law and sometimes even day to day politics! Don't worry: No need to have any prior knowledge. We've got you covered!
||Clean#7 Access to Justice||It might seem so obvious: If someone misbehaves, e.g. by damaging your property, you may start proceedings or seek any other remedy available. All legal systems allow such recourse. But why? Listen to this 7th episode of Maastricht Law Talk to find out! This month's guest is Maurits Barendrecht. He is research director at HiiL and a Professor of Private Law at Tilburg University. After finishing his law degree at Leiden University he started working at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, one of the biggest law firms in the Netherlands. Some years later, he even became partner. But: This wasn't his. After finishing his PhD he started teaching at Tilburg and joined HiiL later on. To fight for justice!||18 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 Tort Law||There are 7.35 billion people on this planet. We all have to live together and arrange our lives in a way that others can live theirs. But what if something goes wrong? Your friend borrows your phone and it happens: It falls to the ground. Who must compensate your damage? In our sixth episode we dig deeper into the private law. Tort law jumps in where contract law can not help: When you suffer a wrong but the wrongdoer is someone you do not have any legal relationship with. Gijs van Dijck is Full Professor of Private Law at Maastricht University and joined its faculty of Law in September 2016. His work evolves around empirical legal research in fields such as tort law and insolvency law. He was a visiting scholar at Standford Law School and KU Leuven. Next to his professorship Gijs is co-director of the Maastricht European Private Law Institute.||21 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 United States Law||European lawyers tend to have a hard time with United States Law at first. Too different are "both" systems, it seems. But is the Anglo-American legal order really that different? The fifth main episode of Maastricht Law Talk leaves the European continent for a while: It covers the United States legal system. From a federal judge being able to block the president's executive orders to the harmonisation process of law. Larry Catá Backer is Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State University. He is an expert on corporate, enterprise, and constitutional law and is currently working on his new book on an "Introduction to U.S. Law". You can find his work and latest research on his website Backer in Law or on his blog Law at the End of the Day. If you haven't yet listened to our episode on constitutions, you might want to do that first.||18 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Contract Law||Did you get a coffee this morning or maybe a sandwich for lunch? Whether or not you were aware of it: You have concluded a contract. Thus: Let's talk about contract law! Unfortunately, the audio recording didn't work out as planned. Thus, the first few minutes might not offer the usual quality. Please accept my apologies for this! This fourth main episode of Maastricht Law Talk covers the law of contract. Contracts are everywhere: We rent apartments, subscribe to Netflix, and pay the electricity supplier. We also buy coffees, sausage rolls, and drinks. My guest today is Jan Smits, Full Professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University (UM). He is also the head of the department for private law at UM and director of the Maastricht European Private Law Institute. Jan obtained his PhD on "the reliance principle and contractual liability" from Leiden University.||19 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#BREXIT It is not easy||This week's episode is all about the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. With me for a second time is Aalt Willem Heringa - an expert in his field. If you haven't listened to our episode on constitutions yet, you might want to do that first. Aalt Willem is Full Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at Maastricht University and recently started a research blog platform called Law Blogs Maastricht. We talk about: the court rulings on Brexit, the concept of sovereignty, a Scottish independence, Gorden Brown's federalism idea, the upcoming negotiations, and much more.||23 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#FACT Scots despise English Law||Hi, it's Benedikt again and we are working hard to bring you a new full-feature episode soon. In the meantime however, Bram Akkermans has a fun fact for you: Why English and Scottish lawyers aren't the best colleagues.||26 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#XMS The Law to Gift||It's holiday season! Whatever you celebrate, very often this includes giving presents. For most, gifting is as normal as buying tomatoes in the grocery store. The law however has quite a hard time dealing with it. My guest for this special Christmas episode is William Bull, Lecturer at Maastricht University. William wrote his PhD on "Optional instruments of the European Union; A Definitional, Normative and Explanatory Study" and studied English and Italian law at the University College London. Currently he is teaching Comparative Contract Law and a Legal Research course.||23 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 Constitutions||There are 196 countries in the world, which equals at least 196 constitutions. But what is meant by "constitution"? Must it be written, or does custom suffice? Episode 3 of Maastricht Law Talk is all about state organisation. Some countries have presidents, some a Prime Minister, and some even both. What is the difference between sovereignty based on the Crown or e.g. based on a nation itself?||30 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 State-Caused Harm||This month's episode of Maastricht Law Talk deals with the theories and philosophies behind criminal law. It features everything from the emergence of criminal law through tribal law, to the development of common modern ideas during the Enlightenment, and the current state of criminal law and criminal procedure as influenced by recent events creating new policing policies.||4 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 What is Law?||Here we are! Maastricht Law Talk's first episode covers the very broad topic of "What is Law"? Prof. Dr. Bram Akkermans, Associate Professor for European Private Law at Maastricht University, joins me to talk about the very basic ideas of law.||5 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|