Marija Bartl, Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Law

Marija Bartl

Marija is a Professor of Transnational Private Law at the Amsterdam Law School and the Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law. She teaches several courses, including ‘Private law in European and International Perspective’ and ‘Making Markets beyond the State: Between Private Law and International Economic Law’. Marija has acquired her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, with a thesis Legitimacy and European Private Law.

Marija has held appointments as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School, Boston University and the Max Planck Insitute for Comparative Law in Hamburg. She was also a Teaching Fellow at the VMU in Kaunas, Lithuania. Marija serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Euromemorandum Group, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ius Commune Research School.


Marija’s research agenda revolves around the relationship between law and social change. In her VENI research project ‘Bringing Democracy to Markets: TTIP and the Politics of Knowledge in Postnational Governance’ (funded by Dutch Research Council), Marija explores the co-constututive relationship between institutions (democratic or not), laws and expert knowledge in the re-shaping of global political economy. At present, Marija is completing a manuscript within this project, titled ‘Legal Imaginaries and Collective Self-Determination’. In this book, she explores the question how the ways in which we imagine law – that is both (social) reality on which law aims to intervene as well as law’s capacity to do so – shape our sense of collective agency.

Marija’s new research project explores the possible contribution of law, and private law in particular, to the socio-ecological transformation. She has been recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant for a project titled ‘Law as a Vehicle of Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices’. In this research project she fucuses on the question how private law could nurture socially and environmentally non-extractive economic practices.