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Maastricht Centre for European Law

The Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL) is committed to the study of European law from an interdisciplinary, transnational, and multilingual perspective. It seeks to foster cooperation between scholars working in the field of European law who are based in Maastricht University and elsewhere.

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The scholars of the Maastricht Centre for European Law offer courses in various bachelor's and master's programmes, within the Faculty of Law, but also for example at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and University College Maastricht.

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    Submissions for EuConst Colloquium

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    The board of editors of the European Constitutional Law Review invites submissions for its 2018 EuConst Colloquium, which will be held in Amsterdam on 5 October 2018. 

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    XVI Blischenko Conference on Public International Law

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Upon invitation of the Department of International Law from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Moscow, MCEL member Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters attended the XVI Blischenko Conference on Public International Law.

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    Promotion Marcus Meyer

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    On 9 April, MCEL member Marcus Meyer successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "The Position of Dutch Works Councils in Multinational Corporations".

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    Promotion Sabrina Roettger-Wirtz

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    On the 18th of December, Sabrina Roettger-Wirtz successfully defended her PhD thesis ‘The Interplay of Global Standards and EU Pharmaceutical Regulation’ supervised by Prof. Ellen Vos and Dr. Andrea Ott.

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    MCEL Newsletter 2017-2

    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    The latest news from the Maastricht Centre for European Law.

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    Visiting researcher Dr. Alberto Miglio

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Visiting researcher Dr. Alberto Miglio. We are glad to hear that Dr. Alberto Miglio enjoyed his stay here and we hope to welcome many more scholars!

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    Conference on December 7

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Conference on EU Agencies in the Future Europe with livestream!

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    Presentations by Professor Lisa Waddington

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington made a number of presentations at the annual seminar of the Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held in Brussels on 16 and 17 November. 

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    Dr. Andrea Ott in Beijing

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Dr. Andrea Ott, Associate professor in EU law and MCEL researcher, taught Chinese students at the master programme in EU and International Law of the China-EU School of Law in Beijing from 6 to 10 November 2017.

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    Dr. Bilyana Petkova co-organizer conference

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Dr. Bilyana Petkova co-organizer of an one-day conference on privacy.

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Opening conference September 2017

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    • Last week, Zvezda Vankova and Pauline Melin presented the findings of their PhD theses at the last MCEL Research Forum of this academic year.

      Zvezda's thesis focuses on circular migration from the Eastern neighbourhood to the EU and the rights of migrant workers in Bulgaria and Poland.

      The PhD explores the concept of circular migration which has been on the agenda of international organisations and the EU for more than 15 years and is currently part of the Global Compact for Migration, as well as the Legal Migration Fitness Check evaluation of the European Commission. It contributes to the understanding of the meaning of this concept in general, in the EU context, as well as more specifically with regards to the Eastern neighbourhood. By adopting a rights-based approach, the PhD sheds light on the different legal and policy instruments that have been adopted to implement circular migration policies and their consequences for the rights of migrant workers. The dissertation fills a gap in the academic and policy literature by providing a comprehensive picture of the formation and implementation of the EU’s circular migration approach that has developed on the basis of both EU and national instruments, which was missing hitherto.

      ​Pauline's research is titled 'The External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination: Towards a Common EU Approach'

      In the EU, while the internal dimension social security coordination is regulated by uniform set of rules found in Regulations 883/2004, 987/2009 and 1231/2010, the external dimension is composed of a patchwork of instruments. The Member States are the primary actors with over 350 bilateral agreements concluded with third countries. The EU has also adopted agreements with third countries (e.g. the EU-Turkey Association Agreement and Decision 3/80) or unilateral measures ( EU migration Directives) that contain elements of social security coordination. In addition, international organisations have set out minimum standards in that field. The first aim of the thesis is to identify the different elements of social security coordination found in EU, national and international instruments. A second aim is to develop a common approach to the external dimension of EU social security coordination. Two policy options are considered: the conclusion of EU agreements or the development of an EU model agreement. Based on institutional and substantive reasons, it is argued that the option of a model agreement is better suited to the development of a common EU approach.

      MCEL wishes Zvezda and Pauline the best of luck with their upcoming PhD defenses!

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      MCEL member Vigjilenca Abazi co-organised a two-day conference on "Transparency of Independent Watchdogs" together with Diego Werneck Arguelhes at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. The keynote lecture was delivered by Professor David Pozen (Columbia Law School), tracing transparency’s drift in Western democracies from a progressive toward a more libertarian (or neoliberal) valence and offered some reflections on its causes and consequences.

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    • On 29 and 30 May, MCEL members Diane Fromage, Phedon Nicolaides and Paul Dermine co-organised a workshop entitled ”The European Central Bank’s Accountability in a Multi-level European Order” at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels. The workshop brought together academics and high-level experts from the EU institutions to discuss the accountability of the ECB in a post-crisis era. The event was co-funded by the Faculty of Law of Maastricht, the Center for European Research in Maastricht (CERIM) and the Universiteitsfonds Limburg.

      More information about the event can be found at:

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      The latest issue of "European Papers" features a Special Section entitled “Policy Coordination in the EU - Taking Stock of the Open Method of Coordination”, which was edited by MCEL Associate Scholar Evangelia Psychogiopoulou.

      Two other MCEL members contributed to the latest issue of "European Papers" as well. MCEL co-director Bruno De Witte published a piece on “The Place of the OMC in the System of EU Competences and Sources of Law” and MCEL co-coordinator Paul Dermine authored an article entitled “European Economic Governance in a Post-crisis Era – A Conceptual Appraisal”.

      All the contributions can be found at:

      European Papers - A Journal on Law and Integration, Vol. 3, 2018, No 1
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    • Two weeks ago, MCEL member Natassa Athanasiadou and Andreea Nastase (FASoS) co-organised a workshop on “Public Ethics and Integrity in the European Parliament and Commission” at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels. The workshop brought together academics and practitioners from the EU institutions and NGOs and focused on topical issues of conflicts of interest, revolving doors and lobbying. It was co-funded by the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) and the Erasmus+ EU programme.

      More information about the event can be found at:

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      MCEL member Andrea Ott recently attended two international conferences.

      From 16 to 17 May, she took part in the interdisciplinary European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) Conference in Brussels, where she presented her paper "Evading EU International Agreements in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: Panacea or Poison?".

      From 24 to 26 May, she attended the “International Federation of European Law” (FIDE) Conference in Estoril. Together with Professor Ramses Wessel (University Twente) she co-authored the Dutch national FIDE report on the external dimension of the EU policies.

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    • On 22 May 2018 the May MCEL research seminar took place, in which MCEL welcomed renowned guest speaker Giacinto della Cananea, Professor of Administrative Law and EU Administrative Law at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”(Italy) and principal investigator under the ERC Advanced Grant for the research project on the “Common Core of European Administrative Laws” (COCEAL).

      Prof. della Cananea presented the paper ‘The ‘Common Core’ of Administrative Laws in Europe: A Framework for Analysis’ (co-authored with Mauro Bussani) which gave an overview of the COCEAL research project. The seminar was chaired by Mariolina Eliantonio, MCEL member and Associate Professor in European Administrative Law at Maastricht University. The presentation of Prof. della Cananea was followed by a fruitful discussion of the COCEAL project among MCEL members. In addition, the seminar was open to Maastricht University students attending courses in Advanced European Law, Comparative Administrative Law and European Administrative Law, who actively participated in the discussion and asked questions.

      The next MCEL research seminar will take place on 26 June.

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    • Last week, MCEL member Diane Fromage gave a seminar on "Banking Union and Accountability" at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa as part of the Jean Monnet module “European Public Law-ius”.

      This Jean Monnet module deals with issues, such as Brexit, the problematic accession of the EU to the ECHR, the difficulties connected to Article 7 TEU and the debate about the possibility to set up a sort of Copenhagen Commission, encouraging a critical and updated reflection on the most recent developments in the field of European Public Law.

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      Call for applications: Student Trainee

      The Maastricht Centre for European Law ( offers a limited number of traineeships for selected masters or bachelors students enrolled at the Faculty of Law. At the moment, the Centre seeks to recruit up to two new trainee(s) for the next academic year (Sept. 2018 – June 2019).
      The traineeship is intended for very good students who demonstrate a keen interest in European law. It offers the opportunity to gain working experience and valuable insights into current issues of European law, and become acquainted with the academic community and research culture at the Maastricht Centre for European Law and, more generally, in the Faculty.
      Trainees will be expected to participate actively in the monthly research seminars and other events organised by the Centre.
      Student traineeships primarily include organisational activities but may also include research activities. Examples of activities in which student trainees will be involved are:

      - assist with the organisation of seminars/conferences/meetings/workshops/stays of visiting researchers,
      - prepare the Centre’s newsletter twice a year,
      - prepare the Centre’s annual report,
      - promote research events organised by the Centre,
      - update the Centre’s website and feed social networks,
      - support the Centre’s scholars in their research activities.

      Traineeships will last on average 10 to 12 months and are - in principle - not remunerated. At the end of the traineeship, the trainees will be given a written certificate issued by the Centre.

      Students who are interested in doing a traineeship at the Maastricht Centre for European Law next academic year are invited to submit:
      (a) a CV,
      (b) overview of their grades
      (c) and a (one page max.) motivation letter.

      All three documents shall be submitted before 31 May, 12.00 pm both:
      (i) in electronic format: please send the documents to mcel[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl,
      (ii) in paper version: please leave one paper version in each of the mail boxes of Dr. Maja Brkan & Paul Dermine (these mail boxes can be found on the ground floor of the Faculty of law, you may ask for directions at the reception).

      Please note that, if pre-selected, you would be invited for an interview on 18 June.

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      Hoai-Thu Nguyen presented the findings of her PhD thesis at the MCEL Research Forum on Tuesday. The presentation is titled 'An Uneven Balance? A Legal Analysis of Power Asymmetries Between National Parliaments in the EU‘.

      The thesis assesses the role that national parliaments play for representative democracy in the EU almost a decade after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. While all national parliaments have the same rights and obligations under EU law, the powers attributed to them under their respective domestic legal framework can vary greatly. The thesis focuses on the latter type of powers by looking into the different constitutional frameworks of two specific parliaments, i.e. the German Bundestag and the Irish Dáil Éireann. It shows that the (formal) power asymmetries that exist between national parliaments have been further exacerbated by the Eurocrisis and the measures adopted as a response thereto and that this in turn has implications for the state of representative democracy in the EU. Different suggestions on how such negative implications for EU representative democracy could be mitigated are made in the end.​

      MCEL wishes Hoai-Thu Nguyen great success with her PhD defense on 25 May 2018.

      1 month 1 week ago

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