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. MCEL studies the law of the European Union in its constitutional and political context, with a specific focus on 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 research programme of the Centre analyses the European integration process from both an institutional and substantive perspective in a global context. MCEL research covers most areas of EU law. MCEL currently has 45 members, belonging to the department of International & European Law and the department of Public Law.
- one of the largest groups of scholars in the world studying European law
- close cooperation with political scientists within the framework of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM)
- multinational and multilingual team of scholars
- large community of PhD researchers
- led by Profs. Ellen Vos & Bruno de Witte
MCEL’s research is an integral part of the Faculty’s research programme and relates to both the ‘integration’ and ‘interaction’ poles of that programme. It deals with the different dimensions of the legal integration process that takes place in the context of the European Union, and it pays due attention to the interactions, on the one hand between the EU legal order and public international law, and on the other hand between EU law and the national legal systems of its Member States.
There is thus a natural fit between the research agenda of MCEL and that of the Law Faculty as a whole. More specifically, the research of MCEL members relates to all five pillars of the Faculty’s research programme, with some prevalence for the pillar Institutional Transformations.
Regional launch of The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee LawTuesday, June 8, 2021
This book launch event will focus on one of the key challenges facing international refugee law, externalisation of protection obligations. Convened by the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL) at Maastricht University, and co-sponsored by the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and Oxford University Press (OUP).
ECPC and MCEL conference on “The GDPR and International Organisations: Issues of EU Law and Public International Law”.Thursday, January 28, 2021
Lilian Tsourdi and Ellen Vos latest publicationFriday, December 4, 2020
The Boards of Appeal established for the decision-making agencies perform a function that lies between exercising administrative review, at the one end, and offering judicial review, at the other. It is still unclear in which direction they will ultimately move, and more research in this fast-...
The completion and consolidation of the EU internal market has relied on the rule-making activities of private actors for more than three decades now. Following the regulatory technique of the New Approach, EU institutions have entrusted standard-setting organisations, composed of experts and...
On 10 June, the European Parliament passed a resolution on the application of the Conditionality Regulation. In it, it recalls its resolution of 25 March earlier this year where it requested the Commission to adopt the guidelines for the application of the regulation by the first of June.
MCEL Opening Event
The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis posed, and are still posing, unprecedented challenges to the European Union (EU) and its Member States. These events and the consequent response of the EU have significantly affected the political priorities, the integration tools and, ultimately, the legal system of the EU. The effects of Covid-19 on EU law are substantial and multifaceted, touching upon different policies and areas of EU integration. In this MCEL Opening Event of the Academic Year 2021-2022, the speakers will showcase some of the effects the Covid-19 pandemic had on EU law by analysing the responses of the EU to the health and economic crises and their implications in legal and political terms.
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and introduction by Ellen Vos
Panel I: The EU’s Response to the Health Crisis
- 9.10 – 9.30 “The EU’s response to COVID-19: overview and outlook” by Sabrina Roettger-Wirtz
- 9.30 – 9.50 “'Laws of Fear’ and Free Movement of Persons in the EU in the Time of COVID-19” by Iris Goldner Lang
- 9.50 – 10. 10 Discussion
- 10.10 – 10.20 Break
Panel II: The EU’s Response to the Economic Crisis
- 10.20 – 10.40 “The recovery plan: the legal engineering of an economic policy shift” by Bruno de Witte
- 10.40 – 11.00 “The institutional dynamics of the adoption of the Recovery Plan” by Natassa Athanasiadou
- 11.00 - 11.20 Discussion
11.20 – 11.30 Closing by Annalisa Volpato
MCEL is happy to announce that the its Opening Event of the academic year 2021-2022 will take place on Tuesday, the 28th of September from 9:00 to 11:30 via Zoom. The event will feature Sabrina Roettger-Wirtz, Assistant Professor of EU Law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University; Iris Goldner Lang, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and holder of the UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law; Bruno de Witte, professor of European Union law at Maastricht University and Natasa Athanasiadou, Assistant Professor in International and European Law at Maastricht University
Interested? Please fill out this form in order to register. We hope to see you there!