Website on research concerning the transfer of prisoners and fundamental rights in the EU

A website ( is now online concerning the project funded by the European Union and granted to Tony Marguery member of the research group RENFORCE at Utrecht University on the respect of fundamental rights in transfer of prisoners EU proceedings.

The research started in March 2016 and is conducted in Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The project aims at analysing to what extent violations of fugitives’ fundamental rights such as the protection against degrading treatment can impact judicial decisions implying the transfer of prisoners from one EU member state to another and based on the principle of mutual recognition and mutual trust in criminal matters.Website on research concerning the transfer of prisoners and fundamental rights in the EU



New Hercule III project on the exchange of information between law enforcement authorities

RENFORCE has been awarded a grant by OLAF (Hercule III programme) to conduct the research project: ‘Exchange of information with EU and national enforcement authorities: Improving OLAF’s legislative framework through a comparison with other EU authorities’. This project will run from January 2017 until February 2018 and will complement another project concerning OLAF’s investigative powers currently conducted at Renforce. The new project will be conducted by several researchers from Renforce (John Vervaele, Michiel Luchtman,  Michele Simonato, Mira Scholten, Koen Bovend’Eerdt, Argyro Karagianni) and other EU Member States (Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Hungary, UK).



Brexit Lecture by prof. Linda Sinden & Sir Geoffrey Adams (Urios/RENFORCE)

On June 23rd, the British voters chose to leave the EU. In light of this event and the recent presidential election of Donald Trump, a trend of anti-establishment and anti-globalisation politics can be observed in the Western world. Minister of Foreign Affairs and pro-Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson recently stated that the UK will make a ”Titanic success” of the Brexit. The Brexitnegotiations between the UK and the EU will shine further light on its actual consequences.

On December 15th, Urios and RENFORCE will organise a lecture that will give insight in the legal and diplomatic implications of the Brexit.

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Linda Senden, Professor of European Law at UU, will elaborate the ‘Article 50 procedure’ from a legal perspective. Article 50 of the TFEU provides the possibility for Member States to withdraw from the European Union. Since this procedure has never been invoked before, it is a very exciting topic.

We are also very honoured to receive Sir Geoffrey Adams, the British Ambassador to the Netherlands, located in the Hague. During his speech he will focus on the implications of the Brexit and the consequences for the diplomatic ties between the UK and the EU – and more specifically between the UK and the Netherlands. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session, during which you will get the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss.

When? 15 December 2016. Doors open at 17:00, the event will start at 17:15 and is expected to end at 19:15.

Where? Room 0.13 in Janskerkhof 2-3, Utrecht.

Costs? Free!

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EU Law Enforcement blog

We are happy to announce the creation of our new blog – click here to visit it.

This blog is part of four projects exercised by a number of Renforce researchers, including the ‘vet’, hercule, veni of Mira Scholten and vidi of Michiel Luchtman.

The aim behind this blog is to establish a point for gathering information on and discussion of the new trend of proliferation of EU enforcement authorities and implications that they bring along. Each month we will publish a blog post written by an academic expert in the field, practitioner, representative of a civil society organization, etc.
If you are interested to contribute or if you have (know of) a relevant publication/activity in the field, please, let me know! You are also welcome to forward this message to other interested.



Book ‘National Courts and EU Law. New Issues, Theories and Methods’ is now published.

A new book titled ‘National Courts and EU Law. New Issues, Theories and Methods’ which was edited by Dr Urszula Jaremba et al. has been published lately by Edward Elgar Publishing.

‘National Courts and EU Law’ examines both how and why national courts and judges are involved in the process of legal integration within the European Union. As well as reviewing conventional thinking, the book presents new legal and empirical insights into the issue of judicial behaviour in this process. The expert contributors provide a critical analysis of the key questions, examining the role of national courts in relation to the application of various EU legal instruments.

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