RENFORCE Conference

Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: Challenges, Trends and Prospects

The EU currently faces key challenges. How to design a sustainable and social market economy; how to respond to the possibilities and risks of digital technologies, how to address migratory flows, terrorism, organized crime and how to ensure cyber security? These challenges raise in turn questions of how regulation and enforcement should be designed and implemented in the EU. Addressing such challenges requires a balancing of underlying core values as well as a careful consideration of the complex interplay between national and EU levels of government. The Europa Institute Utrecht has distinguished itself since more than 50 years with a research reputation built on this approach. It now hosts the RENFORCE research program which applies this approach to the contemporary challenges of European integration. The RENFORCE conference aims at presenting our research results, at identifying and at exploring the main trends therein and assessing future prospects. These results will be addressed through three streams, “Migration and Citizenship”, “Criminal Justice”, and “The Market”. The set up of the three streams and their corresponding workshops can be further explored in the tentative program. The panel speakers include RENFORCE members, international researchers and practitioners. While the key note speakers will be prof. Christine Parker (Melbourne University, Australia), prof. Paul Craig (Oxford University, UK) and prof. Colin Scott (University College Dublin, Ireland).

Key Information

Start date and time: 22nd November 2018, 10:00

End date and time: 23d November 2018, 17:00

Location: Instituto Cervantes (Domplein 3, 3512 JC Utrecht)

For the tentative programstream-specific information, or abstracts from each of the conference speaker’s please follow the given links.


Registration for and participation of the conference is free of charge. For those participants wishing to join the conference dinner on Thursday the 22nd we will ask a small contribution. Lunches will be provided for free on both conference days

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