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



Bernold Nieuwesteeg earns the Dutch Internet Scriptieprijs 2013 with thesis on the non-existence of internet law

During the symposium “Internetrecht bestaat niet” (internet law does not exist) in De Balie, Amsterdam, the Internet Scriptieprijs 2013 (Internet thesis award 2013) was awarded to Bernold Nieuwesteeg of the Delft University of Technology and Utrecht University. His thesis “The legal position and social effects of security breach notification laws” was supervised by RENFORCE researchers Ton van den Brink and Sybe de Vries. The winning thesis will be published professionally as a book by legal publisher deLex.



Farewell lecture Bart Hessel – some interdisciplinary thoughts on the future of (decentralized) Europe: the future of the social market economy of Europe 2020

Prof. dr. Bart Hessel will give his farewell lecture (in Dutch) as professor of European Law in Decentralized governments on Tuesday the 18th of March 2014 with the subject: some interdisciplinary thoughts on the future of (decentralized) Europe: the future of the social market economy of Europe 2020. After his farewell lecture, Bart Hessel will continue to contribute to the masterclass European Law, making his departure – fortunately – less permanent than it seems.

The ceremony will start at 16.15 pm in the Aula of University Hall, Domplein 29 Utrecht.