Publication of a new journal article on transnational, science-based standards

Dr. Machiko Kanetake published a journal article on  “The dual vulnerability of transnational, science-based standards in the national legal order” on Transnational Legal Theory.

As suggested by the title, this paper highlights the scientific and political vulnerability of transnational science-based standards. This paper focuses on radiation standards formulated by the decentralized web of expert committees and inter-governmental forums. This paper exposes the domestic neglect of dual vulnerability by analyzing the Japanese stories. While this paper discusses a specific scenario, the issue of dual vulnerability would likely arise in many other science-based standards which are formulated trans-nationally and absorbed into the domestic legal order on the basis that they are scientifically authoritative with little need for political input.



Lecture by Elaine Fahey on the EU’s Global Approach to Law-Making (6 April 2017)

As part of RENFORCE External Effects project, Dr. Elaine Fahey (Reader in Law, the City Law School, City, University of London) will deliver a lecture on “A Taxonomy of the EU’s Global Approach to Law-Making”.

In this lecture, Dr. Fahey discusses articulations of the global approach of the EU to law-making. She does this by contrasting the EU acting, firstly, as a legislator and as a global legal actor and secondly, both empirically and theoretically. The lecture reflects critically upon differences between internal and external approaches to the explicit articulation of global aims in EU law.  Ostensibly, what can be termed as the ‘global’ approach of EU law-making appears highly explicit and transparent in the external context (e.g. in security (PNR, cybercrime & cybersecurity) or trade (TTIP), less so in the internal context (e.g. extra-territoriality, externalisation of the internal market). What are the reasons for this difference? Why does the external context appear so transparent and open less so the internal context? The lecture will engage in a systematic mapping of the EU’s explicitly ‘global’ approach to law-making in both internal and external EU law and policies.

Date/time: Thursday 6 April 2017, 13.00-14.30

Venue: Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht

The lecture is open to all; registration is not required.



Invitation for workshop ‘Conceptualizing a European Social Market Economy’

The international, interdisciplinary workshop ‘Conceptualizing a European Social Market Economy’ (Utrecht, 9 and 10 February 2017), seeks to dissect the conceptual issues raised by the debate over the relationship between free markets and social protection in the European Union. The existing conceptual frameworks are often not well suited to think about the challenges facing the EU since they tend to be rooted in domestic contexts. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to critically assess the nature of the four concepts, which each will form a subtheme within the workshop, that are central to this debate: ‘social justice’, ‘welfare states’, ‘varieties of capitalism’ and ‘economic constitution’. The speakers of the conference are: dr. Rutger Claassen, dr. Andrea Sangiovanni, dr. Juri Viehoff, prof. dr. Janneke Plantenga, prof. dr. Catherine Barnard, prof. dr. Barbara Vis, prof. dr. Anna Gerbrandy, prof. dr. Niamh Nic Shuibhne, prof. dr. Poul Fritz Kjær, prof. dr. Mathieu Segers and prof. dr. Laurent Warlouzet.

See the following link for more information about the setup of the conference and on how to sign up:



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).