1416 mrt 2018

EU environmental soft law and its reception in the Member States


The Soft Law Research Network (SoLaR) aims to promote multi- and interdisciplinary research about the use of EU soft law by national administrations and courts and to encourage a dialogue between academia and practitioners. It brings together lawyers and political scientists in order to study EU soft law and its operation at the national level. More information can be found at https://www.solar-network.eu.

SoLaR will hold its third event in Maastricht on 15 and 16 March 2018 to discuss the use of EU environmental soft law in the Member States.

The SoLaR coordinators invite young researchers who are currently engaged with EU soft law to submit an abstract of maximum 500 words to Mariolina Eliantonio (m.eliantonio[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl) before 10 February 2018. SoLaR will cover the accommodation costs for the participants as well as the official ‘SoLaR Young Researchers Platform’ dinner which will take place on 14 March 2018.

The participants will be able to attend the open parts of the SoLaR event which will take place on 15 March 2018.


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Day 1, Wednesday 14 March  

14.00  – 18.00  SoLaR Young Researchers Platform

Location: Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Room: B1.019

14:00 – 15:45 Session I

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 18:00 Session II

19:00 Dinner


Day 2, Thursday 15 March

11.00 – 12:30 Session I (chair: Mariolina Eliantonio)

Location: De Groote Sociëteit, Vrijthof 36, http://www.groote-societeit-maastricht.nl/

Prof. Bruno de Witte (Maastricht University) Soft law as a tool of EU governance

Prof. Linda Senden (Utrecht University) Soft law in the shadow of the hierarchy of norms

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch, Location: Grand Café Soiron, Vrijthof 18, https://www.grandcafemaastricht.nl/

14:00 – 15:00 Session II: EU soft law from the perspective of national judges and national authorities (chair: Emilia Korkea-aho)

Dr. Matthias Keller (Aachen Administrative Court)

Dr. Hans Woldendorp (Dutch Ministry of Environment)

15:00 – 16:00 Session III: Presentation of national reports on the use of EU environmental soft law at national level (chair: Oana Stefan)

Report on United Kingdom by Mary Dobbs (Queen’s University Belfast)

Report on Slovenia by Katarina Vatovec (Kranj School of Law)

Report on Italy by Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University)

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:45 Session IV: Presentation of national reports on the use of EU environmental soft law at national level (chair: Mariolina Eliantonio)

Report on Finland by Emilia Korkea-aho (Helsinki University)

Report on France by Sandrine Maljean-Dubois and Eve Truilhé-Marengo (Aix en Provence University)

Report on the Netherlands by Barbara Beijen (Nijmegen University)

Report on Germany by Andreas Hofmann (Gothemburg University)

17:45 – 18:15 Session V: Comparative Remarks and Closure (Mariolina Eliantonio)

19:00 Dinner  (SoLaR & speakers only)


Day 3, Friday 16 March

09.00 – 13.00 Morning session (SoLaR members only)

Location: Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Room: B1.019

Discussion on advancement of network activities

Discussion of Working Paper

Future plans