Public Law


Welcome to the department of Public Law. The department consists of three sections: constitutional law, administrative law and social law.
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Constitutional law

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Defense of preliminary opinion Joost Sillen and Roel Schutgens:                                                                On Friday, December 2, 2022, Joost Sillen and colleague Roel Schutgens from Nijmegen will defend a preliminary opinion (titled: 'General interest actions in civil courts') at the annual meeting of the Association for the Comparative Study of the Law of Belgium and the Netherlands (

‘How Trump-appointed justices have dramatically shifted the liberal-conservative balance in the U.S. Supreme Court’

Click here for the article by dr. Türker Ertas visiting post-doc fellow at Maastricht University.

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Administrative law

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Article published in Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) 
The article 'Justifying a presumed standing for environmental NGO's:/ A legal assessment of Article 9(3) of the Aarhus Convention', Danthinne A., Eliantonio, M. & Peeters M., In: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 2022, was published.                                                                                                                                     

Presentation titled "Environmental Liability as a back-up tool for managing natural resources: how to fill the gap?" held by Prof. Marjan Peeters
Prof Marjan Peeters delivered a presentation during the European Environmental Law Forum Conference (held from 30 August to 1 September 2017 in Copenhagen) with the title "Environmental Liability as a back-up tool for managing natural resources: how to fill the gap?" This presentation dealt with the question of how member states can fill in the rather soft provision from the EU environmental liability directive on financial security for environmental damage. Next to theoretical views she presented some empirical results from a survey to the permit practice of public authorities in The Netherlands. Further research is needed to understand the (many) differences among environmental financial security policies in member states, and to see whether there are still instances of so-called orphan damages (environmental damage for which no-one takes responsibility to clean up) which could have been avoided by imposing financial security obligations on (potential) polluters..
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Social law

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Dr Miriam Kullmann joined Shaping Future Directions in EU Labour Law project
Dr Miriam Kullmann has joined the British Academy funded Shaping Future Directions in EU Labour Law project being organised by Prof Jeremias Prassl at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. This six-month project will connect early career academics with senior european institution officials who will share their insights into the realities of policy making and help the academics make their latest research more accessible to policy making audiences. Policy oriented research developed through the project will be presented at an INLACRIS conference in Cagliari in December 2015.

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