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28-08-'17

RENFORCE/ UU Research on Trafficking in Minors for Criminal Exploitation in the News

In their research report the mixed USG-Criminology research team concluded that the trafficking of minors for criminal exploitation has no priority for authorities and police in the Netherlands. Partly due to this report, this seems to be changing.

In the past month, the exploitation of Roma minors by international criminal organizations appeared in the news. The assistance for these children in the Netherlands is, according to the interviewed staff member of the Salvation Army, concerned with the help for them, a ‘mission impossible’. This is underlined by the abovementioned research report: assistance, including police, do not succeed in a timely signalling of this form of trafficking, do not have the right instruments and treat victims of exploitation still as perpetrators.

The research report also claims that this form of child trafficking in the Netherlands is approached with tunnel vision. This makes that only Roma, and Middle- and Eastern Europeans are – mistakenly – seen as the groups suffering from this form of exploitation. This last observation is confirmed by the newspaper article: they are all about Roma groups.

Visit: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/07/12/stelend-verdienen-ze-soms-een-ton-per-jaar-voor-hun-uitbaters-11954642-a1566447

 
 

14-06-'17

New issue of the International Review of Penal Law on food regulation and criminal justice

The International Association of Penal Law (AIDP/IAPL, www.penal.org) presided by John Vervaele, organises four international colloquia in preparation of the quinquennial Congress on ‘Criminal Justice and Corporate Business’ (Rome, 2019).

In September 2016, a colloquium on ‘Food Regulation and Criminal Justice’ was hosted by the Beijing Normal University. Its proceedings are now published in the International Review of Penal Law (2016/2, vol. 87). The issue is edited by Adan Nieto (general rapporteur), Ligeia Quackelbeen (Ghent University), and Michele Simonato (researcher at Renforce), who wrote a special report on ‘The EU dimension of ‘food criminal law’’. The other articles analyse the administrative and private enforcement of food law, the relation between product liability and criminal law, as well as several national systems.

 
 

01-06-'17

Conference: The Limits of Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust

RENFORCE organizes a Conference on the Limits of Mutual Trust and Mutual Recognition will take place at Utrecht University, on June 9, 2017 from 13:00 until 18:00 in the Raadzaal at Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht. It is organized by dr. Ton van den Brink and dr. Tony Marguery as part of the RENFORCE project on the limits of mutual recognition. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to Secretariaat.IER@uu.nl.

Mutual recognition has developed into a key principle of the European Union, to achieve a wide range of policy objectives. The principle has become an essential tool in the EU integration process. Mutual recognition – and the underlying principle of mutual trust – is neither a new, nor a unique feature of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, there is currently every reason to revisit MR and MT and their role in the European integration process. The political, legal and practical relevance of MR and MT increased significantly in recent years. Yet, much of the nature of the principle of mutual recognition, its effects, its constitutional positioning and its interaction with mutual trust and harmonisation remain unclear and contested.

The occasion for this conference is the publication of a special issue on Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust for European Papers (Vol. 1, 2016, No. 3 and soon Vol. 2, 2017, No. 1). The speakers of the conference will address mutual recognition and mutual trust from different perspectives, from an internal market, constitutional perspective and from the perspective of the meaning of these principles in specific policy areas. The focus will be on how mutual recognition and mutual trust propose to achieve EU integration while ensuring the protection of citizens and preserving the diversity of the Member States legal systems.

More information about the Conference, programme and speakers can be found here.

 
 

18-05-'17

Expertmeeting EU Burgerschap, het Handvest en de Rechten van het Kind

 
 

10-05-'17

Call for Papers: Resolving the Tensions between EU Trade and Non-Trade Objectives: Actors, Norms, and Processes

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe’s (RENFORCE) seeks paper proposals for the workshop on “Resolving the Tensions between EU Trade and Non-Trade Objectives:
Actors, Norms, and Processes”. The workshop takes place on 10 November 2017 at Utrecht University. Full details are here.

The workshop explores the actors, norms, and processes that are involved in balancing and
resolving the tensions between the protection and promotion of specific principles and
objectives and the EU’s external trade policy. The focus of the workshop is on the recent
issues concerning the EU’s unilateral and bilateral actions (as opposed to multilateral action)
in the realm of EU’s external trade law and policy.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) and curriculum vitae of the author(s) should be sent to Dr Urszula Jaremba (u.jaremba@uu.nl). The deadline is 1 July 2017.