Rose-Ackerman Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Susan Rose-Ackerman received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maastricht (UM) in the Netherlands on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary at the opening convocation on January 11, 2016. The next day the law school organized a conference on themes prominent in her work.

“I was very pleased to be honored in this way and to see that my work is relevant to current law and policy debates in Europe,” said Rose-Ackerman. “The Maastricht Law School’s international and interdisciplinary focus fits well with my own scholarly interests, and I very grateful to Professor Michael Faure for proposing my candidacy and for being a wonderful guide to both the city and the university.”

Rose-Ackerman received her honorary doctorate for her contributions to research on “the smart mix of instruments that can be employed to fight environmental pollution” and “her research on regulation, federalism, and corruption, thus showing how the quality of government can be improved,” according to the University announcement.

The UM awarded three honorary doctorates during its foundation day celebrations. In addition to Rose-Ackerman, doctorates went to German pharmacologist Detlev Ganten and Belgium economist Paul De Grauwe.

The law school at Maastricht is distinctive in offering a degree in European law taught in English with an interdisciplinary focus. Located in the south of the Netherlands between Belgian and Germany, it attracts an international group of students and has many faculty members who specialize in EU public law.

Watch a video of the ceremony presenting the honorary doctorates.