Veni-grant for Miroslava Scholten

Dr. Miroslava Scholten has been awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The grant of approximately 250,000 Euros will be spent for the purposes of the research project ‘Shared enforcement but separated controls in the EU – how to make it work for democracy and the rule of law?’. This project will investigate the relatively new yet unstudied trend of the proliferation of EU enforcement authorities and the system of political and judicial accountability within they operate. For more information about this trend, please, see Mira’s upcoming publication in the Journal of Common Market Studies ‘From Regulation to Enforcement in the EU Policy Cycle: A New Type of Functional Spillover?’; before publication it is available here!



Presentation by Machiko Kanetake in Waterloo, Canada, 22 July 2016

Machiko Kanetake presented her paper, ‘Between Innovation and Security: Dual-Use Concepts in International, EU, and National Law’, at the Sixth International Four Societies Conference held on 21-22 July. The Conference was hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Canadian Council on International Law.



Publication of a new journal article on subsidiarity in public international law

A RENFORCE researcher, Machiko Kanetake, has published a journal article on “Subsidiarity in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 79, No. 2, 2016).

This article analyzes the question of subsidiarity in the sphere of the maintenance of international peace and security. This area of international law is increasingly torn between normative claims for centralization and those for decentralization. On the one hand, the UN Charter concentrates decision making at the UN Security Council for the imperative aim of international peace and security. On the other hand, the demand for decentralization reemerged with the greater relevance of the Security Council’s exercise of authority to individuals’ rights. This article examines how these opposite normative claims have arisen with regard to the Security Council’s mandate and whether there are any criteria under international law with which to balance these claims.



The ELI 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly

Prof. Dr. John Vervaele and Prof. Dr. Michiel Luchtman are both involved in the project on ‘Prevention and Settlement of Conflicts of Exercise of Jurisdiction in Criminal Law’ of the ELI 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly.

Prof. Dr. Vervaele is a member of the supervisory committee of the project and a member of the ELI-Council, he will therefore participate during the project sessions.

The conference will take place in Ferrara, from 7 to 9 September 2016. The Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara. More information: http:// and ELI_Annual_Conference_and_General_Assembly_2016_Agenda



On July 7 Prof. Dr. John Vervaele and Michiel Luchtman participated on the ‘EPPO Conference on the Establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) “State of Play and Perspectives” in The Hague. More information on the program is available here: provisional-programme-eppo-2016-for-website