4 October 2019

UU scientists coordinate new European consortium on law enforcement in the EU (EULEN)

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Enforcement of EU law - be it the protection of our societies from cross-border crime, the stability and competitiveness of our markets or migration and border management - has increasingly become a shared responsibility of the EU and its Member States. To meet these challenges, we are working hard to develop new techniques and enforcement institutions, such as a supranational European Public Prosecutor's Office. At the same time, there are also major concerns about a faltering operational enforcement cooperation due to worrying developments in the rule of law in certain European states or, for example, the Brexit.

International consortium

It is precisely in this area of tension that a consortium of scientists from 9 European universities from 8 different countries, united in the Jean Monnet Network on EU law Enforcement (EULEN), led by dr. Mira Scholten en prof. dr. Michiel Luchtman, will be built over the next 3 years.

Scholten: "EULEN comes at the right time. It bridges the existing fragmentation along the lines of national jurisdictions, policy areas and scientific disciplines. To address law enforcement challenges in a world without territorial borders, EULEN will provide an academic network that links academic research and education with clear societal needs, objectives and stakeholders. It is a network that is open to all interested parties around the world".

Links with Utrecht's education and research

Luchtman: "EULEN offers many links with Utrecht's education and research. The theme fits in perfectly with the research within law, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance and Utrecht University as a whole. In addition, in 2020 we will be starting new master's programmes that will also deal with this theme. EULEN strengthens the possibilities for further internationalisation of our research and education.“

The consortium is largely funded by the European Commission. In addition to the 9 universities, their social partners are also involved in the project through numerous workshops, congresses, and other activities.

Read more about EULEN in the blog of Mira Scholten and Michiel Luchtman: Jean Monnet Network on enforcement of EU law (EULEN).

Mira Scholten is a member of the Utrecht Young Academy, a bridge between young and talented researchers.