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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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Opening conference September 2017


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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    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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    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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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.

    • On 22 May 2018 the May MCEL research seminar took place, in which MCEL welcomed renowned guest speaker Giacinto della Cananea, Professor of Administrative Law and EU Administrative Law at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”(Italy) and principal investigator under the ERC Advanced Grant for the research project on the “Common Core of European Administrative Laws” (COCEAL).

      Prof. della Cananea presented the paper ‘The ‘Common Core’ of Administrative Laws in Europe: A Framework for Analysis’ (co-authored with Mauro Bussani) which gave an overview of the COCEAL research project. The seminar was chaired by Mariolina Eliantonio, MCEL member and Associate Professor in European Administrative Law at Maastricht University. The presentation of Prof. della Cananea was followed by a fruitful discussion of the COCEAL project among MCEL members. In addition, the seminar was open to Maastricht University students attending courses in Advanced European Law, Comparative Administrative Law and European Administrative Law, who actively participated in the discussion and asked questions.

      The next MCEL research seminar will take place on 26 June.

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    • Last week, MCEL member Diane Fromage gave a seminar on "Banking Union and Accountability" at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa as part of the Jean Monnet module “European Public Law-ius”.

      This Jean Monnet module deals with issues, such as Brexit, the problematic accession of the EU to the ECHR, the difficulties connected to Article 7 TEU and the debate about the possibility to set up a sort of Copenhagen Commission, encouraging a critical and updated reflection on the most recent developments in the field of European Public Law.

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      Call for applications: Student Trainee

      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 up to two new trainee(s) for the next academic year (Sept. 2018 – June 2019).
      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 31 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 & Paul Dermine (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 on 18 June.

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      Hoai-Thu Nguyen presented the findings of her PhD thesis at the MCEL Research Forum on Tuesday. The presentation is titled 'An Uneven Balance? A Legal Analysis of Power Asymmetries Between National Parliaments in the EU‘.

      The thesis assesses the role that national parliaments play for representative democracy in the EU almost a decade after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. While all national parliaments have the same rights and obligations under EU law, the powers attributed to them under their respective domestic legal framework can vary greatly. The thesis focuses on the latter type of powers by looking into the different constitutional frameworks of two specific parliaments, i.e. the German Bundestag and the Irish Dáil Éireann. It shows that the (formal) power asymmetries that exist between national parliaments have been further exacerbated by the Eurocrisis and the measures adopted as a response thereto and that this in turn has implications for the state of representative democracy in the EU. Different suggestions on how such negative implications for EU representative democracy could be mitigated are made in the end.​

      MCEL wishes Hoai-Thu Nguyen great success with her PhD defense on 25 May 2018.

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      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.

      This year the conference was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In total, 589 participants from 48 states were at this Blischenko conference, during which Marjan held a plenary address on behalf of Maastricht University. The conference provided 19 expert workshops, and during the expert workshop on International Environmental Law, Marjan presented her paper "On Silent Objects and Barking Watchdogs: on the Role and Accountability of Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations". In the same week, Marjan delivered two lectures and two classes. Central themes were the Paris Agreement and the Aarhus Convention.​ Read more about the conference here!

      XVI Blischenko Conference on Public International Law
      2 weeks 2 days ago
    • On Thursday 26 April former MCEL visiting scholar David Gutierrez successfully defended his Ph.D. in Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Gutierrez’s Ph.D. is on non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation for workers with disabilities, and examines both Spanish and international law. Dr Gutierrez researched EU disability non-discrimination law whilst in Maastricht, and worked with MCEL member Professor Lisa Waddington.

      MCEL congratulates David on his successful Ph.D. defence

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      On 18 April, MCEL member Diane Fromage was invited to the Argentinian Chamber of Deputies to give a talk on Interparliamentary cooperation in the EU.

      The presentation analysed the dynamics of interparliamentary cooperation among national parliaments and between national parliaments and the European Parliament. The changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty were highlighted, as well as the challenges that still exist. This paved the ground for an interesting discussion with the participants on the differences and commonalities of cooperation within the EU and within Mercosur.

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      On Tuesday, 24 April 2018, the April MCEL research seminar took place.

      Prof. Harm Schepel (Professor of Economic Law at Kent Law School and the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent) spoke on the topic ‘The Interaction between EU Law and International Investment Law after Achmea'.

      The presentation focused on the question whether international investment law is compatible with EU law. In his abstract, Prof. Schepel provided the following background to the discussion: "The European Commission has held for a long time that intra-EU BITs are pe se unlawful under EU law, whereas investment agreements with third countries entered into by the Union itself are perfectly compatible with the European legal order. After the Court’s judgment in Achmea, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how the Court’s understanding of the autonomy of EU Law could accommodate such a view. The presentation will discuss the interaction between the two legal orders both substantively and institutionally."

      The presentation was followed by a fruitful discussion among MCEL members.

      More background information on this topic can be found in the following contribution to the European Law Blog: .

      From Conflicts-Rules to Field Preemption: Achmea and the Relationship between EU Law and International Investment Law and Arbitration
      4 weeks 1 day ago
    • MCEL Member Sarah Schoenmaekers has recently published an article on the latest issue of the European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review. The article is entitled 'Self-Cleaning and Leniency: Comparable Objectives but Different Levels of Success?'.

      Leniency policies within the framework of competition law make it possible for companies involved in a bid rigging cartel to obtain either total immunity or a reduction of fines. Such policies have proven to be very successful as most cartels that have been detected in the EU were revealed by a cartel member applying voluntarily for leniency. While leniency policies in the course of competition law are also very successful in the United States, self-cleaning possibilities within the framework of public procurement law, such as voluntary disclose of wrongdoings, exist as well but have been sparingly used by firms and individuals involved in misconduct. To overcome the lack of incentive effects, the US Federal Acquisition Regulation was revised in 2008 so that firms and individuals face the risk of suspension or debarment not only for misconduct itself, but also for the failure to report such misconduct. A system of mandatory disclose of information was hence introduced. By studying the underlying rationale of leniency and self-cleaning policies and by comparing the EU and US system of self-cleaning, this articles tries to explain the level of success of leniency programmes vis-à-vis incentive-based self-cleaning policies and tries to establish whether the EU’s self-cleaning policy as codified in Directive 2014/24/EU will be effective to increase integrity in public procurement.

      More information is available at:

      EPPPL - European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review: Self-Cleaning and Leniency: Comparable Objectives but Different Levels of Success?
      1 month 1 day ago
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      On 9 April, MCEL member Marcus Meyer successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "The Position of Dutch Works Councils in Multinational Corporations". The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. F.B.J. Grapperhaus and Prof. Dr. S. Klosse.

      The book sets out to answer two main questions: what is the status quo of the position of Dutch works councils in multinational corporations? And which tools within the Dutch legal framework can be utilised in order to secure the successful involvement of the works council in the decision-making process in light of the increasingly globalised economy? The findings show that many participation rights are frequently used in practice, but not always. The inventory of good practices further revealed that a multitude of potential solutions are applied in practice. They show that, through negotiation and long-term experiences with participation mechanisms, tailor-made employee participation processes can be achieved. Overall, the position of the examined Dutch works councils is solid. However, works councils, management and supervisory boards and other stakeholders need to work on several aspects in order to improve the position of works councils and to safeguard their statutory rights – a theme that is emphasised throughout this study. The MNO Foundation (Stichting MultiNationale Ondernemingsradenoverleg) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid) through the ‘Subsidieregeling kwaliteit arbeidsverhoudingen (3213-0001)’ contributed financially to the creation of the thesis.

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