Book publication: ‘The UN Security Council and Domestic Actors: Distance in International Law’ by Machiko Kanetake

RENFORCE researcher, Dr. Machiko Kanetake, has published her monograph on the exercise of authority by the UN Security Council over individuals. One of the case studies included in the book is economic sanctions for which the EU contributed to the jurisprudential development.

More information about the book can be found here!



International Conference: Mutual Trust Under Pressure, the transfer of prisoners in the EU

You are kindly invited to attend the Mutual Trust Under Pressure international conference, on the transfer of prisoners in the EU, organized by Tony Marguery. The main objective of the project is to assess whether current Union legal instruments based on mutual recognition in criminal matters adequately protect fundamental rights. The project focuses in particular on the protection against torture and degrading treatment, the right to a fair trial and the right to private and family life.
The conference will take place on Friday, 26th of January 2018, at USBO (room: 0.24,  Bijlhouwerstraat 6, Utrecht).
The full plan, including all speakers, can be found here.
For even more detailed information about the conference and the project as  a whole, look to the official website of the project.


International Migration Conference:”EU at the crossroads of migration: critical reflections on the ‘refugee crisis’ and new migration deals”

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) in collaboration with the Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) and Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (Uglobe) call for individual abstracts and panel proposals for the International Migration Conference.

The conference will take place on 7-8 May 2018 at Instituto Cervantes, Domplein 3, Utrecht and different University venues.

With keynotes

Demetrios Papademetriou (Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Washington, USA);

Evthymios Papataxiarchis (University of the Aegean, Greece);

Peter R. Rodrigues (Institute of Immigration Law, Leiden University, Netherlands)


Organised by Prof. dr. Dina Siegel, Dr. Veronika Nagy, Dr. Nilay Kavur, Dr. Hanneke van Eijken, Prof. Dr. Annelies Zoomers and Dr. Ilse van Liempt.


Call for abstracts:

You are invited to send panel proposals and individual paper abstracts before

1st of February 2018 to 


Individual paper abstracts should not exceed 150 words. Please also mention your affiliation, address, email-address and discipline.


Panel proposals include a short panel abstract (about 150 words), several paper abstracts, and names of organizers/chairs, presenters and a possible discussant. Please mention the affiliation, address, email-address and discipline of each participant.

Participants will be notified by 1st of March 2018.

More detailed information about the conference can be found here.



Conference: Conflicts of Criminal Jurisdiction

The European Parliamentary Research Service and the European Law Institute invite you to a conference on the topic of “Conflicts of Criminal Jurisdiction – Roadmap to Legislation at the EU Level”. The event will take place on the 4th of December, 2017 at the European Parliament in Brussels from 16:00 to 17:30.

The event will include remarks from Anthony Teasdale (Director General of the EPRS), MEP Heidi Hautala, ELI President Christiane Wendehorst, and  Director of EP Library Joseph Dunne. Furthermore, ELI Project Reporters, including Katalin Ligeti, John Vervaele, and Andé Klip will give presentations on the topic. Debate on the topic will be encouraged.

The full program of the event can be found here!



G.J. Wiarda Prize Winner and Veni Grant Recipient

RENFORCE is proud to congratulate Mr. dr. Alexandra Timmer on the receipt of both a Veni Grant and a G.J. Wiarda prize!

Alexandra Timmer received the prestigious VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for her research project entitled ‘Gender Injustice: Historical Development and Contemporary Challenges in European Human Rights Law’. The project dealt with persistent issues of gender injustice in Europe, and how the main legal mechanism seeking to achieve gender justice – human rights law and particularly equality law – repeatedly falls short. This project analyzed why this is so, using an original combination of historical and legal analysis, and advanced proposals for change.

Furthermore, she has received a G.J. Wiarda Prize, which is instituted by the Utrecht School of Law to showcase excellent academic publications, every three years. Alexandra won the prize for her article ‘Judging Stereotypes: what the European Court of Human rights can borrow from American and Canadian Equal protection law’. This article was published in the American Journal of Comparative Law in 2015. The jury noted that the article succeeds at explaining a very complex societal theme and provides excellent legal analysis.