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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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    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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    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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    Conference on December 7

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Conference on EU Agencies in the Future Europe with livestream!

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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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    Dr. Bilyana Petkova co-organizer conference

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Dr. Bilyana Petkova co-organizer of an one-day conference on privacy.

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Opening conference September 2017

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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

      1 week 3 days 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.

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      AEI scholarships for summer school in Kuala Lumpur

      The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya, is offering two scholarships to students from Maastricht University for the 4th AEI-ASEM Summer School.

      Theme: Cultural Diversity in Asia and Europe
      Date: 30 July – 10 August 2018
      Venue: Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

      The €650 Scholarship is to help subsidise the programme fee which includes: tuition fees; group airport pick-up/ drop-off; accommodation for 2 weeks; field trips and meals stipulated in the programme.

      Student will be responsible for the following expenses:
      1. Roundtrip airfare from the home country to Kuala Lumpur;
      2. Travel insurance during the program
      3. All immigration expenses (if any) in Kuala Lumpur; and
      4. Pocket money, travel expenses in Kuala Lumpur, and other personal needs during the program.

      For more info please visit:

      AEI-ASEM Summer School 2018 – Cultural Diversity in Asia and Europe
      1 week 6 days ago
    • Last week, Zvezda Vankova and Pauline Melin presented the findings of their PhD theses at the last MCEL Research Forum of this academic year.

      Zvezda's thesis focuses on circular migration from the Eastern neighbourhood to the EU and the rights of migrant workers in Bulgaria and Poland.

      The PhD explores the concept of circular migration which has been on the agenda of international organisations and the EU for more than 15 years and is currently part of the Global Compact for Migration, as well as the Legal Migration Fitness Check evaluation of the European Commission. It contributes to the understanding of the meaning of this concept in general, in the EU context, as well as more specifically with regards to the Eastern neighbourhood. By adopting a rights-based approach, the PhD sheds light on the different legal and policy instruments that have been adopted to implement circular migration policies and their consequences for the rights of migrant workers. The dissertation fills a gap in the academic and policy literature by providing a comprehensive picture of the formation and implementation of the EU’s circular migration approach that has developed on the basis of both EU and national instruments, which was missing hitherto.

      ​Pauline's research is titled 'The External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination: Towards a Common EU Approach'

      In the EU, while the internal dimension social security coordination is regulated by uniform set of rules found in Regulations 883/2004, 987/2009 and 1231/2010, the external dimension is composed of a patchwork of instruments. The Member States are the primary actors with over 350 bilateral agreements concluded with third countries. The EU has also adopted agreements with third countries (e.g. the EU-Turkey Association Agreement and Decision 3/80) or unilateral measures ( EU migration Directives) that contain elements of social security coordination. In addition, international organisations have set out minimum standards in that field. The first aim of the thesis is to identify the different elements of social security coordination found in EU, national and international instruments. A second aim is to develop a common approach to the external dimension of EU social security coordination. Two policy options are considered: the conclusion of EU agreements or the development of an EU model agreement. Based on institutional and substantive reasons, it is argued that the option of a model agreement is better suited to the development of a common EU approach.

      MCEL wishes Zvezda and Pauline the best of luck with their upcoming PhD defenses!

      3 weeks 6 days ago
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      MCEL member Vigjilenca Abazi co-organised a two-day conference on "Transparency of Independent Watchdogs" together with Diego Werneck Arguelhes at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. The keynote lecture was delivered by Professor David Pozen (Columbia Law School), tracing transparency’s drift in Western democracies from a progressive toward a more libertarian (or neoliberal) valence and offered some reflections on its causes and consequences.

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    • On 29 and 30 May, MCEL members Diane Fromage, Phedon Nicolaides and Paul Dermine co-organised a workshop entitled ”The European Central Bank’s Accountability in a Multi-level European Order” at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels. The workshop brought together academics and high-level experts from the EU institutions to discuss the accountability of the ECB in a post-crisis era. The event was co-funded by the Faculty of Law of Maastricht, the Center for European Research in Maastricht (CERIM) and the Universiteitsfonds Limburg.

      More information about the event can be found at:

      1 month 6 days ago

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