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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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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.

Download the MCEL Annual Reports: 20162015, 2014, 2013

  • 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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  • Tarn logo

    TARN Call for Papers

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    TARN launches a call for papers for a two-day international TARN conference to be held at the University of Luxembourg  in Luxembourg on 27-28 June 2017 on the external dimension of EU agencies and bodies, looking at activities of EU agencies reaching beyond the borders of the EU and discussing matters of control and supervision in these dimensions.

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  • Europe calling

    Maastricht University and Europe

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Leading up to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, UM organised three 'Europe events'. A photo report of these events can be found at the bottom of this page.

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  • Dr Vigjilenca Abazi gave a Jean Monnet lecture at University of Salamanca

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Read more

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