The Montesquieu Institute Maastricht is a research centre dedicated to European and comparative parliamentary studies. Montesquieu's 'formula' for the organisation of a sustainable and democratic society has to a large extent determined the organisation of many 'modern' parliamentary democracies. However, this formula provides some challenging questions: is it still applicable nowadays? One of the objectives of the inter-university Montesquieu Institute is to stimulate both Dutch and foreign scientists to look for answers to this kind of questions. It is a collaboration between, amongst others, UM, Leiden University and the University of Groningen.
The Montesquieu Institute Maastricht focuses on parliamentary systems of government in Europe and in the European Union. The Institute’s aim is to contribute to the academic and public debate on democracy and governance in the European Union by deepening the understanding of the constitutional structures and political practice of national systems of parliamentary government. It takes a thoroughly comparative approach to parliamentary studies in a European context.
The institute's staff is also involved in teaching activities within the bachelor's and master's programmes of the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. They provide courses on Dutch, comparative and European constitutional law. In addition, the institute initiates public lectures and seminars and other activities for students and interested others on various issues related to parliamentary government and democracy.
Britain gets a hard-fought extension, with incalculable consequences.
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The book provides a comprehensive legal analysis of power asymmetries that exist between national parliaments in the EU.
New book: Bevrijdende en begrenzende soevereiniteit. The book brings together many of the annual conference contributions (both English and Dutch). The contributions focus in particular on the meaning of sovereignty and the relationship between the nation state and the European Union.
This information is only available in Dutch.
Many of the scholars at the Montesquieu Institute are regularly contribute to blogs and publications in the fields of European and comparative constitutional law and politics. The blogs and papers page contains an overview of the latest contributions.