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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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    Annual report

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    We are pleased to share with you the latest issue of the MCEL Annual Report. We hope that this will help us to learn yet more from each other!

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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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    Conference on December 7

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Conference on EU Agencies in the Future Europe with livestream!

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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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    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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Opening conference September 2017

MCEL and social media

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      MCEL members Anne-Pieter van der Mei, Pauline Melin, and Zvezda Vankova are guest editors in the latest special issue of the European Journal of Social Security. In addition, Pauline Melin and Zvezda Vankova have published articles in that journal. Both articles are open access. This special issue was the result of a workshop organized in February 2017 in the context of the TRANSMIC network.

      The special issue is available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ejsa/current

      Special Issue on The External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination
      4 days 8 hours ago
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      MCEL Members Professors Lisa Waddington and Elise Muir have authored a book chapter in the prestigious soon to be published article-by-article commentary of International and European Labour Law, edited by Edoardo Ales, Mark Bell, Olaf Deinert, and Sophie Robin-Olivier: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/international-and-european-labour-law-9781509923816/

      Full reference:
      Elise Muir and Lisa Waddington, Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation in Ales, Bell, Deinert and Robin-Oliver (eds) International and European Labour Law, Article-by-Article Commentary, 2018, Beck, Hart, Nomos, 520-547.

      International and European Labour Law
      6 days 13 hours ago
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      Happening now: The annual MCEL Academic Opening Conference.
      MCEL is honored to host David Friggieri (legal and policy officer, EU Commission Unit on Audiovisual and Media Services), Peggy Valcke (Research Professor in ICT and Media Law, KU Leuven) and Maja Brkan (Assistant Professor in European Law, Maastricht University) to discuss the legal issues and new developments of the Digital Single Market. The panel is moderated by the co-director of MCEL Bruno de Witte, Professor of European Law, Maastricht University.

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      In the Belgian press this week (L'Echo and Knack), Paul Dermine publishes an op-ed on the future of the Eurozone, and the need to complete its political and economic architecture.

      Links to the articles, in French and Dutch, can be found here:

      http://www.knack.be/nieuws/europa/de-eurozone-kan-zich-niet-nog-eens-een-verloren-decennium-permitteren/article-opinion-1194303.html

      https://www.lecho.be/opinions/carte-blanche/la-decennie-perdue-par-la-grece-et-la-zone-euro/10046148.html

      'De eurozone kan zich niet nog eens een verloren decennium permitteren'
      2 weeks 2 days ago
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      We are very proud and congratulate our member Dr. Andrea Broderick on winning the 2018 Edmond Hustinx Prize for Science for her research on accessibility and universal design obligations as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)!

      2 weeks 4 days ago
    • MCEL member Andrea Ott, Professor of EU external relations law at Maastricht University, organised the CLEER summer chool on the Law of EU External Relations from 25 to 29 June 2018 in Brussels. CLEER, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, is hosted at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague and is a Dutch network comprising of scholars and practitioners working in the field of EU external relations law. CLEER organised for the fourth time this summer school at the UM Campus in Brussels. The five day programme included 21 interactive lectures delivered by renowned academics and experienced practitioners, covering fundamental aspects such as competences and mixed agreements, institutions in external relations (Council, Commission, EP, agencies and ombudsman) and the external dimension of EU policies (trade and investment, development and CFSP). The final day of the Brussels summer school was devoted to Brexit and EU external relations.
      In addition, the 19 participants visited together with Andrea Ott and Wybe Douma (board member of CLEER) during the week a Brussels law firm (Clearly Gottlieb) and EU institutions (EEAS and DG Trade, European Commission) which enabled participants to glean first-hand experience of how theory is transformed into practice. MCEL Co-director Bruno De Witte, Professor of European law at Maastricht University, delivered the key note on "The use of international law in the relations between the EU and the UK" .
      Upon successful completion of the course, the participants from universities and practice received an attendance certificate and could participate in a written exam.

      2 weeks 6 days ago
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      A report co-authored by MCEL member, Professor Lisa Waddington, on Mainstreaming disability rights in the European Social Pillar has recently been published by the EU funded Academic network of European disability experts (ANED). Professor Waddington is a member of the core research team of ANED.

      The report provides a disability perspective on the European Pillar of Social Rights. Taking the Social Pillar principles as a starting point, it advocates for a strong disability mainstreaming approach throughout the developing policy framework. The full participation and equality of people with disabilities should not be limited to disability-specific policy proposals but, like gender equality, should be considered in all relevant policies and initiatives of the European Union. This report provides a starting point from which to achieve this within discussions on the Social Pillar.

      The Social Pillar is an important development for the EU that renews its focus on effective rights for EU citizens. Its three core themes – equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion – are all relevant to people with disabilities and each area raises important questions about disability rights. Those rights are established not only by EU law but also in international law under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which the EU is a party.

      This report represents a substantial work of synthesis, arising from a European Commission request to the Academic network of European disability experts (ANED) in 2016. It has been produced by the collective effort of more than 40 authors, including country experts, topic experts and thematic rapporteurs. The result is a compendium work of reference that covers all of the 20 principles of the Social Pillar before driving deeper into an analysis of selected themes. Further evidence and examples are provided in individual country reports on these themes, from EU Member States and Associated Countries, which are all published on the ANED website.

      The report can be downloaded at: https://www.disability-europe.net/theme/social-protection

      Social protection - The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED)
      1 month 1 week ago
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      We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of the MCEL newsletter is now available online at the following link: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institutes/mcel/mcel-publications#newsletter

      MCEL Publications - Research - Maastricht University
      2 months 1 day ago
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      Publication of The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice, A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts
      A book co-authored and co-edited by MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington and Professor Anna Lawson (Leeds University) has recently been published by Oxford University Press. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice, A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts is a comprehensive study examining how courts in thirteen different jurisdictions interpret and make use of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has now been in force for a decade.
      The first part of the book contains chapters specific to each jurisdiction. The second part consists of comparative chapters which draw on the rich analysis in the jurisdiction-specific chapters to reflect on emerging patterns of judicial usage and interpretation and on wider implications for human rights theory and the nascent field of international comparative human rights law. This volume is a thought-provoking addition to the literature both on comparative international law and also on disability rights.

      Professors Waddington and Lawson, and Dr. Andrea Broderick, are organising a conference in Maastricht on the theme of the book on 25 and 26 October 2018. Details of the conference, the programme and registration can be found at
      https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/events/un-convention-rights-persons-disabilities-practice

      2 months 2 weeks ago
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      On Thursday 28 June a conference was held in Maastricht to mark the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. The conference brought together original members of the Editorial Board, as well as current authors and readers of the journal. The theme of the conference was “Bridging the Past and the Future”, and covered both comparative law and EU law. MCEL members Professor Bruno de Witte, who was one of the original members of the Editorial Board, and Professor Lisa Waddington, who was the journal’s first executive editor, both spoke at the conference, in a panel which also included Professor Paul Craig, Professor Gráinne de Búrca and Kieran Bradley.

      2 months 2 weeks ago

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