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The constitutional law of the European Union
The main focus of this research area is the ever-developing constitutional law of the European Union. The research at the Maastricht Centre for European Law focuses mostly on the issues of EU competences, institutional balance and the role of the Court of Justice of the EU as well as the question of Treaty revisions. In the framework of the research on constitutional aspects of the EU legal order, special attention is also given to the protection of fundamental rights in the EU, in particular to the Union’s anti-discrimination policy. The Centre has an ongoing interest in questions of flexibility and differentiation between the Member States in the evolution of EU law, in particular in the context of the Eurozone crisis.
Moreover, the research at the Centre focuses on the institutional transformations brought about by the development of new modes of governance and regulation. These methods have both challenged the traditional hierarchical structure of EU law and provided new roles for institutions such as courts and parliaments. In this context, the research at the Centre devotes ample attention to the study of the role and place of agencies, open coordination methods, and to the development of networks and committee forms of governance in the EU.
Another focus within this research area is the external action of the EU. The research carried out at the Centre aims to contribute to the study of the EU in a global setting by analysing the fundamental principles applying and institutions involved in EU external relations law but also by focusing on EU enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy and tackling new governance structures in EU external relations law. The research pays special attention to questions of coherence between different fields of EU external relations as well as to recent developments in this field.
|Vigjilenca Abazi||Marie Therese Gold||Anniek de Ruijter|
|Rene Barents||Šejla Imamović||Ellen Vos|
|Maja Brkan||Mirjam de Mol||Lisa Waddington|
|Monica Claes||Elise Muir||Bruno de Witte|
|Florin Coman- Kund||Andrea Ott||Zamira Xhaferri|