Michael Faure has studied law (lic.jur. 1982) and criminology (lic.crim. 1983) and has a master of laws from the University of Chicago Law School (1985) and a doctor iur from the Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany, 1989).
Since 1991 he is the director of the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research at the faculty of law of Maastricht University. He still holds that position today, but in February 2008 he joined the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam halftime. There he is director of the Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics and of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE).
He specializes in environmental law and policy, accident law and the economic analysis of law. Within the field of energy law he worked on liability and insurance issues related inter alia to nuclear power, marine oil pollution, offshore oil drilling and carbon capture and gas.