Hildegard Schneider is Professor of European Union Law at the Faculty of Law at 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, lecturing in European Union law and art law among other courses.
She obtained her PhD 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 and in the coordination of European Union substantive law. She lectures, inter alia, European internal market law and law and art. She has been Dean of the Faculty of Law since September 2011, as well as member of the Management Team of Maastricht University.
In her research she is particularly interested in art law, 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 has authored a number of articles in the area of cultural heritage and co-edited (with Peter Van den Bossche) Protection of Cultural Diversity from a European and International Perspective (Antwerpen/Oxford: Intersentia 2008) and (with Valentina Vadi) Art, Cultural Heritage and the Market: Ethical and Legal Issues (Springer: forthcoming 2013).
TDM 2 (2014) - The New Frontiers of Cultural Law: Intangible Heritage Disputes. TDM 5 (2013) - Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law.