Research institutes

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. MCEL studies the law of the European Union in its constitutional and political context, with a specific focus on the tension between, on the one hand, uniformity and centralisation at the European level and, on the other hand, differentiation and autonomy of Member States. The research programme of the Centre analyses the European integration process from both an institutional and substantive perspective in a global context. MCEL research covers most areas of EU law. MCEL currently has 45 members, belonging to the department of International & European Law and the department of Public Law.


MCEL’s research is an integral part of the Faculty’s research programme and relates to both the ‘integration’ and ‘interaction’ poles of that programme. It deals with the different dimensions of the legal integration process that takes place in the context of the European Union, and it pays due attention to the interactions, on the one hand between the EU legal order and public international law, and on the other hand between EU law and the national legal systems of its Member States.

There is thus a natural fit between the research agenda of MCEL and that of the Law Faculty as a whole. More specifically, the research of MCEL members relates to all five pillars of the Faculty’s research programme, with some prevalence for the pillar Institutional Transformations.

 Visit MCEL's research lines


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    MCEL/RENFORCE webinar on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    On 20th October 2020, MCEL member Assistant Professor Lilian Tsourdi jointly convened an inter-institutional webinar with Dr. Salvo Nicolosi, Assistant Professor in Utrecht and RENFORCE member. 

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  • MCEL members author studies for the European Parliament

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    On 28 October, MCEL members Professor Lisa Waddington and Dr Andrea Broderick presented their Study on The Post-2020 European Disability Strategy at a Workshop on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities hosted by the Petition’s Committee of the European Parliament.

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  • MCEL launches the MCEL Master Thesis Project 2020-2021: Greening Europe

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Greening Europe is this year’s MCEL master thesis project which brings together students and staff members of MCEL who are interested in the study of EU environmental law. 

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    2020 dissertation prize online award ceremony with Matteo Bonelli

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Last Wednesday, June 23, Matteo Bonelli received from the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation the 2020 Dissertation Prize for his PhD research ‘A Union of Values – Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Human Rights in the EU Member States’. The PhD was written in Maastricht under the supervision of Prof. Monica Claes and Bruno De Witte and defended in June 2019.

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    Future implications of the judgment of the German Constitutional Court

    Friday, June 5, 2020

    MCEL devoted two online seminars to the discussion of the content and future implications of the judgment of the German Constitutional Court of 5 May 2020 on the European Central Bank's market interventions (variously called the Weiss or PSPP judgment).

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  • Matteo Bonelli PhD thesis

    Erasmus dissertation prize for Matteo Bonelli

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Matteo Bonelli has been awarded the Erasmus prize for his dissertation: A Union of Values. Safeguarding Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in the EU Member States. Supervisors of the dissertation were: Monica Claes and Bruno de Witte. The award ceremony will take place on 23 juni 2020.


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    New teaching seminar on EU Agencies

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    New teaching seminar on EU Agencies: As of next academic year, Ellen Vos and Merijn Chamon will be Visiting Professors at the College of Europe (Bruges), teaching a seminar on 'EU agencies: shifting paradigms of EU administration'.


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  • MCEL News

    The Faculty of Law is hiring - 4 PhD positions

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    We are hiring! 4 PhD positions available as from 1 September 2020. Two of the positions are within the framework of the joint PhD programme between the UM and Hasselt University.

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    EU Agencies and conflicts of interests

    Monday, February 3, 2020

    MCEL scholar Ellen Vos together with Natassa Athanasiadou and Laura Dohmen carried out a study on EU agencies and conflicts of interests, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions.

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    First Nova activities took place

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    The first workshop on Digitalisation, Ethics and EU Fundamental Rights of the NOVA-EU Project took place on January 2020. Be on the lookout for the next workshops on Migration and Borders, the Internal and External Dimension of Sustainable Europe, and  EU Rule of Law and Democracy!

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MCEL blogs

  • To any international lawyer, Hugo de Groot (10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), usually referred to by his Latin name as Hugo Grotius, does not need any introduction. He is generally seen as the “father of public international law”, often together with Francisco De Vitoria (1483-1546) and Alberico...

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  • While the story of the company is a little history of European integration in itself, it was the decision of the European Court of Justice in the case Van Gend & Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen (1963) that gave Van Gend & Loos a place in European Union law. The case itself...

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Social media

    • Photo by MCEL

      MCEL and RENFORCE are delighted to invite you to the inter-university webinar: 'Same Old? Debating the New European Pact on Migration and Asylum' that will take place the 20th of October from 13.30-17.00 on Zoom. You can register via this link:

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      MCEL member Assistant Professor Lilian Tsourdi @Lilian_TS just published on ‘COVID-19, Asylum in the EU, and the Great Expectations of Solidarity’ in the latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law. Open access:

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    • Photo by MCEL

      This year, MCEL is launching a master thesis project Greening Europe, which brings together students and staff members of MCEL who are interested in the study of EU environmental law. We would like to warmly invite you to participate in this project.

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