Schneider, HEGS (Hildegard)

Career History

Hildegard Schneider is Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She studied Law, Political Science and Art History in Freiburg (Breisgau), London, Paris and Münster. She completed the '1.Staatsexamen' in 1980 and the '2. Staatsexamen' in 1986 (after working at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität in Münster and at a solicitor's office in Hong Kong). Since 1986, she has worked at Maastricht University, teaching mainly European Union law, German law and German legal terminology and her research covers the same areas.

In her research she is particularly interested in the free movement of natural and legal persons and migration issues, the recognition of diplomas and EU policies in the field of education and culture, international trade law and comparative law. She obtained her Ph.D. defending a thesis entitled 'Die Anerkennung von Diplomen in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft' at Maastricht University.

From 1997 to 2001, she served as Director of Studies of the Magister Iuris Communis programme. Today she is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law and a member of  the Ius Commune research school. She is involved in various international networks.

Hildegard is involved in the coordination of European Union Substantive Law, and she teaches European migration law and citizenship, European internal market law, and Law and Art: the free movement of cultural property.

Since September 2011 she is Dean of the Law Faculty and member of the Management Team of Maastricht University.


Bossche, P.L.H. van den & Schneider, H.E.G.S. (Eds.). (2008). Protection of Cultural Diversity from a European and International Perspective. Antwerp: Intersentia. (305 p.)

Schneider, H.E.G.S. (2005). Towards a European Migration Policy: from Maastricht to Amsterdam, from Tampere to The Hague. In H.E.G.S. Schneider (Ed.), Migration, Integration and Citizenship (A Challenge for Europe's future) Vol.II (pp. 7-35). Maastricht: Forum.

Schneider, H.E.G.S. (Ed.). (2005). Migration, Integration and Citizenship (A Challenge for Europe's future) Vol.II. Maastricht: Forum. (256 p.)

Work for third parties

  • Lid at Raad van Toezicht (NEIMED)