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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.


The Maastricht Centre for European Law focuses on the law of the European Union in its constitutional and political context, with particular attention for 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 activities of the centre include the organisation of academic conferences and workshops, the organisation of a regular series of research seminars and of occasional visiting lectures, the development of externally funded research in areas of interest to the centre, and the supervision and facilitation of doctoral research in cooperation with the Maastricht Graduate School of Law.

Research lines

  • Constitutional Law of the EU
  • Interplay Between European & National Public Law
  • Balancing Between Market & Non-market Issues
  • European Citizenship & Migration Law

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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.

Download the MCEL Annual Reports: 2015, 2014, 2013

  • Ellen Vos Tarn

    Ellen Vos represented TARN

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Workshop on Oversight and resources of partially and fully self-financed agencies

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  • Hoogeboom

    Award in European Law

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    MCEL Researcher A. Hoogeboom receives award in European Law Faculties Association 2016 doctoral thesis competition on European law

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  • Book between flexibility

    Between Flexibility and Disintegration - The Trajectory of Differentiation in EU Law

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    New publication, edited by Bruno de Witte, Andrea Ott and Ellen Vos

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  • Tarn logo

    TARN Call for Papers

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    TARN launches a call for papers for a two-day international TARN conference to be held at the University of Luxembourg  in Luxembourg on 27-28 June 2017 on the external dimension of EU agencies and bodies, looking at activities of EU agencies reaching beyond the borders of the EU and discussing matters of control and supervision in these dimensions.

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  • Europe calling

    Maastricht University and Europe

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Leading up to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, UM organised three 'Europe events'. A photo report of these events can be found at the bottom of this page.

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  • Dr Vigjilenca Abazi gave a Jean Monnet lecture at University of Salamanca

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Read more
  • Prof. Lisa Waddington delivered two seminars while visiting the School of Law of Leeds University

    Monday, November 7, 2016 Read more
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Can Asian carbon trading schemes learn from EU case law?

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    Professor Marjan Peeters has delivered a presentation to the conference “Lessons from the evaluation of existing Emission Trading Schemes in China, Korea and the European Union for future design”

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  • Maastricht Journal Special Issue on ‘A Balanced Data Protection in the EU’

    Friday, September 9, 2016 Read more
  • Mariolina Eliantonio has been awarded Jean Monnet Grant

    Friday, September 9, 2016 Read more

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Looking for information on a current topic, research relevant to society, more in-depth information about a legal subject? Want to talk to an expert in law, conduct an interview or invite an expert to your programme? Find more information on research and the legal experts at Maastricht University Faculty of Law on our Law Blogs Maastricht. Our legal expertise, research findings and contributions to topical debates are made available for a general public of lawyers and law students, non-lawyers, the press, and (civil) society. Authors of all our contributions are staff members of Maastricht University Faculty of Law.

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      A recently published book in the series Routledge Advances in Disability Studies includes a chapter by MCEL member, Professor Lisa Waddington.

      Professor Waddington’s chapter is entitled “The potential for, and Barriers to, the Exercise of Active EU Citizenship by People with Disabilities: The Right to Free Movement”, and is included in the book edited by Rune Halvorsen, Bjørn Hvinden , Jerome Bickenbach, Delia Ferri and Ana Marta Guillén Rodriguez, The Changing Disability Policy System, Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe, Volume 1, Routledge, 2017 at pages 196-214. The chapter explores the possibilities for, and barriers to, the right of free movement experienced by people with disabilities. The chapter also examines proposals to reduce or eliminate the identified barriers which have been put forward in reports and studies by Disabled Persons’ Organisations, academics and the European Commission, before reaching some conclusions.

      The Changing Disability Policy System: Active Citizenship and Disability in Europe Volume 1 (Hardback) - Routledge
      5 days 2 hours ago
    • Call for application: student trainee - Maastricht Centre for European Law

      Dear Students,
      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 one (or two) new trainee(s) for the next academic year (Sept. 2017 – June 2018).
      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 30 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 & Sabrina Wirtz (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 with us on 2 June.

      Kind regards,

      Maja Brkan & Sabrina Wirtz

      Maastricht Centre for European Law - Research - Maastricht University
      1 week 1 day ago
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      The European Pharmaceutical Law Review is still inviting submissions!

      If you have any questions or would like to propose a contribution, feel free to contact the Managing Editor, MCEL member Sabrina Wirtz (sabrina.wirtz[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl).

      1 week 4 days ago
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      Co-director of MCEL Ellen Vos represented TARN (The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance) and presented her views on oversight and resources of fee receiving EU agencies at the Workshop on Oversight and resources of partially and fully self-financed agencies organised by the BUDG and CONT Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels on 4 May 2017.

      1 week 6 days ago
    • ‪As already announced, the next MCEL research seminar will be held on the 16th May 2017 from 15.00 -16.30 in the Board room (B1.019). The seminar will feature presentations of two new Assistant Professors of European Law, Diane Fromage and Natassa Athanasiadou. ‬

      ‪Diane Fromage will start with a presentation on National parliaments in an (increasingly) asymmetric European Union‬
      ‪Abstract: The European Union (EU) is, without any doubt, an asymmetric Union. Yet, these asymmetries do not only exist in formal terms but increasingly surface on an informal basis. This situation undoubtedly represents an important challenge for national parliahments in their control of and participation in EU affairs in a context in which many of them already experience serious difficulties. ‬
      ‪Against this background, this paper analyses the role national parliaments play in such asymmetric Union and it examines the role they should be playing were the asymmetries to increase even further if the prospects of a ‘two-tier’ or a ‘two-speed’ Union were to be implemented. It claims too that parliaments play mostly a role in the emergence of informal asymmetries rather than in that of formal asymmetries. It further claims that in particular if a more reduced group of Member States is to integrate further for instance by the creation of a fiscal Union, a ‘revamped European parliamentary assembly’ should be created to allow national parliaments to fulfil their roles as institutions in charge of ensuring accountability and information towards the citizenry. ‬

      ‪Natassa Athanasiadou will then continue with her presentation entitled The European Citizens’ Initiative: Lost in Admissibility ?‬
      ‪Abstract: The European Citizens’ Initiative is an instrument of direct democracy created by the Lisbon Treaty (Article 11(4) TEU) aiming at reinforcing the involvement and influence of citizens over the legislative agenda of the EU. Pursuant to Article 11(4) TEU, EU citizens may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where they consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties (emphasis added). The Commission has so far interpreted the latter conditions in a restrictive way and thus rejected the registration of numerous proposed initiatives. The General Court has upheld this interpretation in a series of judgments with the exception of a recent judgment delivered in February 2017 (Case T-646/13, Minority SafePack). In the light of this judgment and with a view to providing better guidance to the initiators, it will be argued that the Commission needs to raise its motivation threshold upon rejection of an initiative or examine the possibility of partial registration. A debate on reform suggestions of the practical application of the European Citizens’ Initiative has been triggered also by the recent statement (11.04.17) of first VP Timmermans that the Commission will launch before the summer 2017 a public consultation on the reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation.‬

      2 weeks 1 day ago
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      MCEL members Maja Brkan and Vigjilenca Abazi attended the 2017 European Union Studies Association (EUSA) conference on 4-6 May in Miami, Florida, where they took part in the panel "Constitutional transformations of Europe through technology".

      Founded in 1988, the EUSA is a scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union, the ongoing integration process, and transatlantic relations.

      2 weeks 1 day ago
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