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.
“The EU member states have shown very little respect for the rules that they themselves created. One thing is becoming increasingly clear: an economic union will not function properly in the absence of a fiscal union with a political foundation.”
“Politicians know best and do not wish to be confronted with courts testing the legal quality of their legislation. We have lived for many years with the idea that this was precisely one of the functions of the Senate. But we have now awoken to the situation that the Senate is also political and voting according to politics and coalition and opposition.”
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.
The Brexiteers had their chance in the past two years – they have pushed around a cabinet with a zeal driven by ideology, not practicality or reality. It is time for the remaining adults in the room to take charge. It is time for Theresa May to call the hard right’s bluff. Whether she will have the...
With an Implosion of the Conservative Party becoming increasingly likely, Theresa May must stand up to extreme Brexit advocates before it’s too late.
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De staf van het Maastrichtse MI zal dit najaar voor de tweede keer de mastercursus Comparative Government verzorgen aan de rechtenfaculteit van de universiteit van Luzern. Deze samenwerking bevalt beide partijen uitstekend en geeft ons kans om onze expertise op het vergelijkende staatsrecht te delen met een grotere groep (internationale) studenten. De docenten die in Luzern zullen doceren zijn Aalt Willem Heringa, Sascha Hardt en Thu Hoai Nguyen.