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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.

Research

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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Education

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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  • Lisa Waddington Aned

    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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  • Andre Ott China

    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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  • Bilyana Petkova

    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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  • ICIS Marjan Peeters

    Prof. M. Peeters presentation on “EU climate law and its impact on national climate legislation”

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    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”

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  • Maja Brkan King's College London

    MCEL member Dr. Maja Brkan presented at King's College London

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    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. 

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  • Maastricht Centre for European Law

    MCEL member quoted in judgment of Irish Supreme Court

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    The Irish Supreme Court has quoted MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington in a recent judgment.

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  • ICIS Marjan Peeters

    Presentation by Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    On 26-27 May 2017, MCEL and METRO member Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters delivered a presentation at the Chinese university of Hongkong entitled “Regulatory experiences in EU climate law: legal lessons for other economies?” as a contribution to the conference “The 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: EU and Global Perspectives”.

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  • 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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Law Blogs Maastricht

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.

    • 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. She presented on a number of topics, including on how disability is assessed for the purposes of awarding benefits and services.

      ANED is a network of experts funded by the European Commission which has the task of carrying out research to support the development of European disability policy. Professor Waddington is a member of the core research team of ANED and the coordinator of legal research. The photo shows Professor Waddington (on right) with, from left to right, Professor Anna Lawson (Leeds University and member of ANED’s core research team), Professor Theresia Degener (current chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, University of Applied Studies Bochum and Visiting Professor Maastricht University), and Professor Rannveig Traustadottir (University of Iceland and member of ANED’s core research team).

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    • 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. Her course titled EU external relations law and EU common commercial policy covered the fundamental characteristics of EU external relations law such as external representation and competences, EU trade policy and EU-China trade relations. Tutorials were taught by Max Baumgart (University of Cologne) and Zurab Gvelesiani (Central European University Budapest).

      The China-EU School of Law is supported by a consortium of universities and colleges in Europe and China which includes as one of its partners Maastricht University. It is hosted at the China University of Political Science and Law and is financially supported by the European Commission.

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    • The November MCEL research seminar took place on 14 November 2017 at the Faculty of Law. Emilia Korkea-Aho from the University of Helsinki presented her research on the topic: “Lawyer Lobbyists: The (Ab)Uses of Legal Expertise?”. Andreea Nastase from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University acted as discussant.

      Legal lobbying, i.e. lobbying undertaken by lawyers, is increasingly common both at EU and national levels. As a social practice, legal lobbying is an inherently contradictory phenomenon. Lawyers who engage in lobbying do not see themselves as lobbyists. In their view, the role of a lawyer is incompatible with that of a lobbyist, and so it is inconceivable that a lawyer could be a lobbyist. Even so, large legal firms sell services that belong to the core of lobbying. Legal expertise enjoys the assumptions of neutrality, objectivity and non-partisanship, and so, as a tool of lobbying, it presents itself as an extremely attractive opportunity for clients looking for a lobbyist.

      The article by Dr. Korkea-Aho, on which the presentation was based, charts the phenomenon of legal lobbying in the context of the EU. Conceptualising the lawyer lobbyist as a particular type of a legal expert, the contribution argues that the views of incompatibility between the lawyer and the lobbyist role rests on unproblematised assumptions about legal expertise and the lawyers’ role in the decision-making process. Currently, legal lobbying may be said to amount to the institutional abuse of legal expertise with lawyers exploiting the prestige of the expertise that surrounds their knowledge claims. The article explores ways to mediate between both roles – those of the lawyer and the lobbyist – to provide accurate understanding of legal lobbying.

      The next MCEL research seminar will take place on 19 December at 15:00-16:30 at the Faculty of Law (B1.019).

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    • Dr. Bilyana Petkova, MCEL member and Assistant Professor of the International and European Law Department of Maastricht University, was one of the co-organizers of an one-day conference on privacy held on 3 November 2017 at the New York University. The event explored the possibilities for cities and localities to use Big Data effectively while preserving privacy.

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      We are pleased to share the invitation to the Second SoLaR Workshop EU Financial Regulation Soft Law and its Reception in the Member States with you. The workshop will take place in London on 7 and 8 December 2017. You can now register and reserve your place!

      Financed by the European Commission, the Academic Network of Soft Law Research (https://www.solar-network.eu/home/) aims at stimulating a debate between academics and practitioners regarding the national role of EU soft law. SoLaR addresses the research question of whether and how non-legally binding EU instruments are used by national administrations when implementing EU policies and by national courts when ruling in cases falling within the scope of application of EU law. The 2nd Solar Workshop focuses on the role of soft law in the field of EU financial regulation.

      2nd Solar Workshop EU Financial Regulation Soft Law and its Reception in the Member States
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    • The first MCEL Research Forum of this academic year 2017-2018 just took place at the Law Faculty!

      This month, the Research Forum featured two presentations, by Paul Dermine (PhD candidate at the Maastricht University) and Dr. Alberto Miglio (visiting researcher).

      Alberto's presentation dealt with the topic of differentiated integration and the principle of loyalty, while Paul's reflected upon the role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU Economic Governance in the post-crisis era.

      The next MCEL Research Forum will take place on Tuesday, 28 November 2017

      2 weeks 2 days ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Centre for European Law - MCEL

      **Save the date: Jean Monnet Lecture with Dr. Alexander Stubb**

      On 23rd November 2017, CERiM will welcome the European Investment Bank's (EIB) Vice-President, Dr. Alexander Stubb, for the 2nd lecture in the Jean Monnet Lecture series.

      "Three dates have shifted the tectonic plates of international relations: 1945, 1989 and 2016. Will the European Union be able to fill the power vacuum after the demise of Anglo-Saxon world?"
      In his lecture, Dr. Stubb will address the role of the EU in the context Brexit and the Trump Presidency, two events that have put the capacity EU as a global leader under scrutiny now and for the future.

      Date: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
      Time: 18:30 - 20:00
      Venue: To be announced (see registration link below for further information. Location will either be at the Turnzaal (lecture hall) or lecture hall at the University College Maastricht (UCM).

      Registration is required as the venues have a maximum capacity of 90 seats. Please register through the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/hcWDxBIuhkKrUpXj1

      Short biography:
      Alexander Stubb is Vice President of the European Investment Bank. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. His background is in academia and civil service, with a focus on EU affairs. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008, a government minister from 2008-16, a member of parliament from 2011-2017 and Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16. As of November he will be Chairman of the board of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, has published 18 books and is a self-professed sports fanatic.

      2nd Jean Monnet Lecture: Alexander Stubb
      3 weeks 2 days ago
    • Several articles by MCEL member Diane Fromage have recently been published:

      > Fromage, D., & Fasone, C. (2017). The French and the Italian Parliaments in EU Affairs Post-Lisbon: True Empowerment or Cosmetic Change? Journal of Contemporary European Research, 1244-1259.

      > Fromage, D. (2017). Creation and Reform of Independent Fiscal Institutions in EU Member States: Incomplete and Insufficient Work in Progress? In T. Beukers, B. de Witte, & C. Kilpatrick (Eds.), Constitutional Change through Euro-Crisis Law (pp. 108-142). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

      > Fromage, D., & Kreilinger, V. (2017). National Parliaments' Third Yellow Card and the Struggle over the Revision of the Posted Workers Directive. European Journal of Legal Studies, 10(1), 125-160.

      A comprehensive list of Diane's publications is available at: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/diane.fromage/research

      Research - D.B. Fromage - Maastricht University
      1 month 6 days ago
    • Reminder: Launching event Ius Commune Casebook on Judicial Review of Administrative Action

      You are all warmly welcome to attend the launch of the Ius Commune Casebook on Judicial Review of Administrative Action, edited by Mariolina Eliantonio and Chris Backes, on 27 October 2017!

      Maastricht Centre for European Law - MCEL
      1 month 1 week ago
    • BRILL has recently published the PhD Thesis of Dr. Alexander Hoogenboom, MCEL Researcher and Scientific Coordinator of ITEM.
      The thesis is entitled 'Balancing Student Mobility Rights and National Higher Education Autonomy in the European Union'. More information is available at: http://www.brill.com/products/book/balancing-student-mobility-rights-and-national-higher-education-autonomy-european-union

      Traditionally viewed as a positive phenomenon, student mobility has recently come under critical scrutiny as a result of the financial crisis pushing European solidarity to its breaking point, and the fear of excessive EU incursion into the autonomy of Member States with respect to their higher education systems.
      In 'Balancing Student Mobility Rights and National Higher Education Autonomy in the European Union', Alexander Hoogenboom contributes to the ongoing and evolving debate from a legal perspective. The book offers recommendations with a view to reconcile the mobility rights of Union citizens for study purposes and the need to respect Member State autonomy in the organisation of their higher education systems. The argument made suggests rethinking established principles in EU free movement law while encouraging greater EU involvement in student funding opportunities.

      Balancing Student Mobility Rights and National Higher Education Autonomy in the European Union | Brill
      1 month 1 week ago
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