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Professor Dr Michael G. Faure
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Prof. Dr Michael G. Faure LL.M. studied law at the University of Antwerp (licenciate in law 1982) and criminology at the University of Gent (licenciated in criminology 1983). He obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago Law School (1984) and a doctor iuris from the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg im Breisgau.

He was first a lecturer and then a senior lecturer at the department of criminal law of the law faculty of Leiden University (1988-1999) and became academic director of the Maastricht European institute for transnational legal research (METRO) and professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law at the law faculty of Maastricht University in September 1991. He still holds both positions today.

In addition, he is academic director of the Ius Commune Research School and member of the board of directors of Ectil. Since the first of February 2008, he is half time professor of comparative private law and economics at the Rotterdam Institute of Law & Economics (RILE) of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and academic director of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE) programme.

Since 1982 he is equally attorney at the Antwerp Bar.

He publishes in the areas of environmental (criminal) law, tort and insurance and economic analysis of (accident) law.

He has written a number of books, including Marine Pollution Liability and Policy. China, Europe and the US, Faure, M.G., Lixin, H. & Hongjun, S. (eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2010, 496 p.; Disaster Law, Farber, D.A. & Faure, M.G. (eds.), Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2010, 704 p.; Globalization and Private Law. The Way Forward, Faure, M.G. & van der Walt, A. (eds.), Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2010; Tort Law and Economics, Michael Faure (ed.), Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009, 576 p.

He also published many articles in legal and economic journals.

Recent ones include: together with Goodwin, M. & Weber, F., “Bucking the Kuznets Curve: Designing Effective Environmental Regulation in Developing Countries”, Virginia Journal of International Law, 2010, vol. 51, 95-157; together with Raja, A.V., “Effectiveness of Environmental Public Interest Litigation in India: Determining the Key Variables”, Fordham Environmental Law Review, 2010, vol. XXI(2), 239-294; together with Zhang, H., “Environmental Criminal Law in China: A Critical Analysis”, The Environmental Law Reporter, 2011, vol. 41(1), 10024-10042; “Redactioneel: Is Nederland aangepast aan klimaat-verandering?”, AV&S, 2010, 1 and together with Peeters, M.G.W.M., “Financiële zekerheden in het Nederlandse milieurecht”, Aansprakelijkheid, Verzekering & Schade, 2010, vol. 4, 136-145.

He has taught environmental law and economics, strafrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid van de rechtspersoon, European law and economics, economic analysis of law, milieustrafrecht in België, droit penal de l’environnement, les Principes de Responsabilité Civile et les Dommages Causés à l’Environnement.


  • Environmental (criminal) law
  • Tort Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Economic analysis of (accident) law

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Last Updated: 26 March 2014

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