A new logo for the PPRC

PPRC-blauwRecently the new logo of the Public Procurement Research Centre (PPRC) has been published. The PPRC, established in May 2013 as an interdisciplinary cooperation between Utrecht University and the University of Twente in the area of purchase and procurement in the public sector, has already published several interdisciplinary publications and has finished several assignments for both governments and companies. The research team has also been expanded. The PPRC has primarily been working on its vision and identity in the first year. Now it is time to also consider a strategy. For that reason the research centre has also adopted a new logo. For more information on the research centre, please visit the PPRC site.



Opinion piece ‘Let’s go British on the EU’ by Ton van den Brink in Dutch newspaper Trouw

On the 27th of April Dutch newspaper Trouw published the opinion piece ‘Let’s go British on the EU’, written by Associate Professor of European Law Ton van den Brink. In this article Van den Brink discusses the British ‘Balance of Competences Review’, an initiative through which the EU competences, the way in which they are used and the consequences of their usage are analyzed in a thorough and balanced manner. These analyses of EU-policy should inspire the Dutch government to undertake a similar initiative according to Van den Brink. The whole article can be read here (in Dutch).



European Affairs May 13th

On the 13th of May RENFORCE will hold the next European Affairs meeting (in Dutch). The research centre regularly holds European Affairs meetings with the aim of drawing specific research topics or projects to the attention of those interested. This time the meeting will feature a presentation by Ton van den Brink (associate professor of European Law) and Michiel Luchtman (associate professor of criminal law) on the topic: “Discrimination of (EU) citizens in the Dutch legislation implementing the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant?”. The European Affairs meeting will be held from 12.30 to 13.30 in the Toon Peterszaal (Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht).



13th Annual Conference on European Tort Law

acet_websiteOn the 25th of April Jessy Emaus will present a brief report on developments in Dutch law in 2013 during the 13th Annual Conference on European Tort Law in Vienna. This presentation is based on a country report that Jessy Emaus and Anne Keirse have written for the European Tort Law Yearbook 2013 (to be published). See the conference website for further information.



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Prof. Paul Craig confirmed as RENFORCE fellow

We are very happy to announce that professor Paul Craig, professor of English Law, St. John’s College, Oxford University, has confirmed his position as RENFORCE and IOS-fellow. Professor Craig will participate from the 1st of May in several assemblies as fellow “Legitimacy in the EU”, for example in the conference on EU agencies on May 16th and the conference “In search of EPU” on June 19 – 21. Also, in the next academic year he will make several research-visits to Utrecht University.

Professor Paul Craig is professor of English law at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St John’s College. His research spans the areas of constitutional law, comparative public law, administrative law, human rights law and EU law. His recent work is on an interdisciplinary and contextual monograph of European public law. He has given lectures at many universities in Europe and the US. He is the author of numerous journal articles and legal textbooks on EU law, the most well-known of them being EU Law – Text, Cases and Materials, which was published by Oxford University Press. Also, Paul Craig is on the editorial or advisory board of a number of journals, including Public Law, Public Law Review, Journal of European Public Policy, European Constitutional Law Review and Zeitschrift für öffentliches Recht. Paul Craig is also the alternative UK member on the Venice Commission on Law and Democracy.

More information – including publications – can be found at