Conference: The Limits of Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust

The conference on the limits of mutual trust and mutual recognition will take place at Utrecht University, on June 9, 2017 from 13:00 until 18:00. It is organized by dr. Ton van den Brink and dr. Tony Marguery as part of the RENFORCE project on the limits of mutual recognition.

Mutual recognition has developed into a key principle of the European Union, to achieve a wide range of policy objectives. The principle has become an essential tool in the EU integration process. Mutual recognition – and the underlying principle of mutual trust – is neither a new, nor a unique feature of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, there is currently every reason to revisit MR and MT and their role in the European integration process. The political, legal and practical relevance of MR and MT increased significantly in recent years. Yet, much of the nature of the principle of mutual recognition, its effects, its constitutional positioning and its interaction with mutual trust and harmonisation remain unclear and contested.

The occasion for this conference is the publication of a special issue on Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust for European Papers (Vol. 1, 2016, No. 3 and soon Vol. 2, 2017, No. 1). The speakers of the conference will address mutual recognition and mutual trust from different perspectives, from an internal market, constitutional perspective and from the perspective of the meaning of these principles in specific policy areas. The focus will be on how mutual recognition and mutual trust propose to achieve EU integration while ensuring the protection of citizens and preserving the diversity of the Member States legal systems.


13.00- 15.00 Session 1: Area of Freedom Security and Justice

Hans G. Nilsson, Visiting Professor College of Europe
13.00 – 13.10

Anne Weyembergh, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), President of the Institute of European Studies (ULB).

13.30-13.40 Evelien Brouwer, Senior researcher at the, Migration Law section, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Mutual Trust and Human Rights in the AFSJ: In Search of Guidelines for National Courts

13.40-13.50 Tony Marguery, Assistant Professor, European Law, Utrecht University School of Law
Rebuttal of Mutual Trust and Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters: Is ‘Exceptional’ Enough?

13.50-14.00 Jessy Emaus, Assistant professor at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, Utrecht University School of Law
The Interaction between Mutual Trust, Mutual Recognition and Fundamental Rights in Private International Law in Relation to the European Union’s Aspirations relating to Contractual Relations

14.00-14.10 Stefano Montaldo, Researcher in EU Law, University of Torino
On a Collision Course! Mutual Recognition, Mutual Trust and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in the Recent Case-law of the Court of Justice

14.10- 14.25 Ester Herlin-Karnell, Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Justice and a University Research Chair at VU University Amsterdam
14.25 – 15.00 Q&A and discussion

Break until 15.30

15.30-17.30 Session 2: Internal market and constitutional aspects

15.30-15.40 Ramses A. Wessel, Professor of International and European Law & Governance, Centre for European Studies, University of Twente

15.40-16.00 Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law and the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge

16.00-16.10 Xavier Groussot, Professor of EU Law, Lund University and Henrik Wenander, Associate Professor of EU Law, Faculty of Law, Lund University. 
Regulatory Trust in EU Free Movement Law: Adopting the Level of Protection of the Other?

16.10-16.20 Nathan Cambien, Senior Associated Research Fellow, Institute for European Law, University of Leuven
Mutual recognition and mutual trust in the internal market

16.20-16.30 Luisa Marin, Assistant Professor in EU Law, Centre for European Studies, University of Twente
“Only You”: why only a temperate interpretation of mutual trust in the AFSJ is compatible with the European composite constitutional order

16.30-16.40 Ton van den Brink, Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute, Utrecht University School of Law
Horizontal Federalism, Mutual Recognition and the Balance Between Harmonization, Home State Control and Host State Autonomy

16.40-16.50 Sacha Prechal (to be confirmed), judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union
Mutual Trust before the Court of Justice of the European Union

16.50-17.05 Laurence Gormley, Professor of European Law & Jean Monnet Professor, University of Groningen

17.05-17.30 Q&A and discussion

17.30 Closing and drinks

Start date and time
End date and time
Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht

There is no registration fee, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to:
Please notice that there is only a limited number of seats available. Admittance is on a first come, first served basis.