MAASTRICHT. The law faculty has plans for a new, multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme, Global Challenges and Law. With the approval of the Executive Board, the faculty is now conducting market research. The new programme is likely to run alongside the existing Dutch Law and European Law School (ELS) programmes as of September 2018.
“It’s clear that we have a strong European tradition in legal education and research,” says dean Hildegard Schneider, “but we’ve decided we also want to pay more attention to globalisation and law.” She sees it as a form of “spreading the risk. Brexit sparked doubts for me about the future of the European Union and the popularity of European law. Hence the choice for a programme with a broader focus.”
B-Glocal, the working name of the English-language programme, dovetails with the faculty’s research strategy for the coming years, which emphasises topics such as global justice and globalising markets. The programme will focus on issues that play a role at both the global and local levels, such as the refugee crisis, migration, global health, climate change, sustainability, data protection and human rights violations. “These are themes that can also draw non-Europeans to Maastricht”, Schneider says.
The staff workload and the shortage of classrooms, lecture halls and offices in the building at the Bouillonstraat has long been a point of attention for the Faculty Board. Can the faculty really cope with more students? “Not at present.” Schneider gives no indication of the number of students expected to join B-Glocal. “But I expect that the current numbers, or slightly more, will be spread across the programmes.”
The curriculum will probably draw on existing courses at the law faculty and elsewhere at Maastricht University, like the School of Business and Economics, University College, Health Medicine and Life Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences.