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.
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.
“The EU maintains to respect the constitutional identity of its individual member states. Nonetheless, the meaning of the concept remains vague. What is this constitutional identity made of? When is it violated, and who ought to judge whether this is the case?”
“How to promote innovation and protect human health and the environment and other non-economic values is a continuous challenge for authorities at both EU and national level.”
“Law has always been both an instrument and a constraint in the European integration process: a toolbox to give shape to the cooperation plans of the EU institutions and its member states: and a set of limits for the protection of the separation of powers and the rights of citizens.”
“In terms of competences, the EU is much more powerful than the federal government in the US. The power of national governments and parliaments has already been significantly restricted.”
“You can’t apply arguments to Islam that you don’t apply to your own religious community. This is an area plagued by hypocrisy, and that’s what I’d like to get rid of.”
Prof Marjan Peeters delivered a presentation on “EU climate law and its impact on national climate legislation” during the workshop “Role and functioning of national and regional climate laws and climate committees in the light of EU climate and energy policies”
Dr. Maja Brkan presented at the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL) at King's College London on June 12 - 16 2017.
The Irish Supreme Court has quoted MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington in a recent judgment.
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