EU Law Enforcement blog

We are happy to announce the creation of our new blog – click here to visit it.

This blog is part of four projects exercised by a number of Renforce researchers, including the ‘vet’, hercule, veni of Mira Scholten and vidi of Michiel Luchtman.

The aim behind this blog is to establish a point for gathering information on and discussion of the new trend of proliferation of EU enforcement authorities and implications that they bring along. Each month we will publish a blog post written by an academic expert in the field, practitioner, representative of a civil society organization, etc.
If you are interested to contribute or if you have (know of) a relevant publication/activity in the field, please, let me know! You are also welcome to forward this message to other interested.



Book ‘National Courts and EU Law. New Issues, Theories and Methods’ is now published.

A new book titled ‘National Courts and EU Law. New Issues, Theories and Methods’ which was edited by Dr Urszula Jaremba et al. has been published lately by Edward Elgar Publishing.

‘National Courts and EU Law’ examines both how and why national courts and judges are involved in the process of legal integration within the European Union. As well as reviewing conventional thinking, the book presents new legal and empirical insights into the issue of judicial behaviour in this process. The expert contributors provide a critical analysis of the key questions, examining the role of national courts in relation to the application of various EU legal instruments.

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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.