Conference: “OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU”

On 15 June 2018, Utrecht University, under the auspices of Renforce and in the framework of the HERCULE III Programme organizes the conference “OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU”.

The conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss several aspects of the protection of the EU budget in light of the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The main focus will be on OLAF and the EPPO, and on their enforcement partners (both national authorities and IBOAs).

The conference shall provide the audience with a better understanding of the administrative and criminal responses to EU fraud both at present and in the near future.

Both the tentative program and practical information are at your disposal at the given links.

There is no registration fee, but please, confirm your participation by sending an email to before 4 June 2018.



Expert Seminar: ‘DTCC and Financial Supervision’

The Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) and the Markets and Corporations platform of Institutions for Open Societies would like to invite you to a guest lecture by Michalis Sotiropoulos, the Executive Director of the Depository Trust & Clear­ing Corporation (DTCC) clearing house.

Michalis Sotiropoulos will discuss the work of DTCC as a major player on the financial markets worldwide. He will talk about DTCC’s relation with policy-making in­stitutions and supervisory authorities such as the Eu­ropean Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) and the legislative institutions of the European Union. Is the supervision of financial markets in Europe now effective? Are new changes, such as supervision of central counter-parties (CCPs), necessary and why? By this insight into the day-to-day relation­ship between major players on the financial markets with supervisory authorities, this seminar will provide for a practical reflection on issues of fundamental rights, accountability and the effective­ness during rule-making and supervisory processes.

The programme will be as follows:

  • Miroslava Scholten (Associate Professor European Law, Utrecht University) opens the meeting
  • Michalis Sotiropoulos (Executive Director, DTCC) pro­vides the key-note speech on DTCC and financial super­vision
  • A discussion takes place with (among others) Aneta Spendzharova (Assistant Professor Political Science, Maastricht University), Iro Karagianni and Laurens van Kreij (PhD candidates in European Law, Utrecht Univer­sity).

The Expert Seminar will take place on Friday 1 June 2018, from 11:00 until approximately 13:00, at the ‘Kabinet van de Koning’ in the City Centre Library of Utrecht Uni­versity (Drift 27, 3512BR, Utrecht). Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an e-mail to

Recap of  general information:

  • When? Friday 1 Juni, 11:00-13:00
  • Where? Utrecht University Library (City Centre), Room: Kabinet van de Koning
  • Language? English


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.