Universiteit Maastricht

Montesquieu Institute Maastricht University

About Montesquieu Institute Maastricht

The Montesquieu Institute Maastricht is a research centre dedicated to European and comparative parliamentary studies. It started its activities in 2008. The Institute is located at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University.

The Montesquieu Institute, an inter-university initiative established in 2007, has two locations: The Hague and Maastricht. The Maastricht branch of the Montesquieu Institute closely cooperates with the Institute’s main seat in The Hague, close to the Dutch Parliament, at the Hague campus of Leyden University and with the other partners participating in the Montesquieu Institute: the Parliamentary Documentation Centre in The Hague, the Centre for Parliamentary History at Radboud University Nijmegen and the Centre for Political Parties at the University of Groningen. The Montesquieu Institute Maastricht is also working together with other institutes and research groups, such as the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University. For more information on all activities of the Montesquieu Institute network, visit our main portal.

The Montesquieu Institute Maastricht has started its programme of research in 2008. Against the background of ongoing European integration, the Institute has set out to contribute to the academic and public discourse on democracy, accountability and representation in Europe and the European Union through comparative and constitutional research of parliamentary systems. For more information, see the Institute's research profile and current projects.

The Institute's staff is also involved in teaching activities within the bachelor's and master's programmes of the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. We provide courses on Dutch, comparative and European constitutional law. In addition, the Institute initiates public lectures and seminars and other activities for students and interested others on various issues related to parliamentary government and democracy. For more information, see the faculty's course programme and our News & Events section.