Publication of a new edited book concerning the Rule of Law, edited by Machiko Kanetake

RENFORCE researcher, Machiko Kanetake, has published an edited volume on “The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference”. The book is edited with André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam).

The book aims to enhance understanding of the interactions between the international and national rule of law. It does so by demonstrating that the international rule of law is not merely about ensuring national compliance with international law. International law and institutions (e.g., international human rights treaty-monitoring bodies and human rights courts) respond to national contestations and show deference to the national rule of law. While this flexibility might come at the expense of the certainty of international law, it suggests that the international rule of law in relation to the national legal order allows flexibility, national diversity and pluralism.



Oekraïne-referendum: 10 vragen en antwoorden door juristen (Dutch)

Prof. Linda Senden, Dr. Narin Idriz en mr. Pauline Phoa LL.M. hebben een factsheet gemaakt over het aankomende EU-Oekraïne referendum. Heb je voordat je naar de stembus gaat behoefte aan neutrale en (juridisch) onderbouwde informatie? In deze factsheet worden tien vragen over de Associatieovereenkomst beantwoord.

Het volledige artikel met toelichtingen bij de factsheet kunt u hier lezen.





Round Table Discussion: Principles of Latin American Contract Law

You are cordially invited to participate in the Round Table Discussion about the Principles of Latin American Contract Law. The event will take place at Utrecht
University on 25 January 2016.

The publication of the Principles of Latin American Contract Law (PLACL) is one of the newest initiatives of regional contract law harmonization. The project has been led
by a group of South American academics, with the purpose to provide a source of inspiration for the reform and modernization of contract law in Latin America. This
Round Table aims to discuss and elaborate on the methodology, sources and main features of the Principles.

Special attention will be paid to the nature of the Principles (restatement or innovation) and the difficulties they face, in particular, the challenge to demonstrate that the Principles are not a mere copy or sub-product of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale on Goods (CISG), the Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) or the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL). The relationship between the PLACL on the one hand and the Acquis Principles of contract law (laid down in EU directives) and existing European principles of contract law (soft law) on the other hand will be discussed.

Additionally, the workshop will elaborate on the concept of contract. Article 8 of the PLACL defines contract as an agreement. To some extent this definition is puzzling. Although it is evident that a contract involves an agreement, there is some considerable distance between this matter of fact and the statement according to which a contract is an agreement. Professor IÑIGO DE LA MAZA will address the need of cause and object as essential elements of the contract. The question is why the PLACL has considered them this way when other European and international soft law instruments – used as sources of the PLACL – conspicuously avoided them.

For more information on the programme, please click here.

Venue: Molengraaffzaal; Janskerkhof 12, 3512 BL Utrecht
Registration: There is no registration fee, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to: Prof. Anne Keirse (
Participants will receive a copy of the PLACL upon registration.



Participation of Natalie Dobson, Mistale Taylor, and Ingrid Koning in a Ius Commune Workshop on 27 November

Natalie Dobson, Mistale Taylor and Ingrid Koning will be participating in the Ius Commune workshop ‘The External effects of EU Law’ at Ius Commune in Leuven on 27 November.