Management Board RENFORCE
Sybe de Vries (1970) is full professor of Public Economic Law and since 2012 the Jean Monnet Chair. His research and his education focuse on EU Single market law and the interconnection between EU free movement law and fundamental rights.
Machiko has received Ph.D. from Kyoto University, LLM at the London School of Economics (LSE), and MA in Law from the University of Sheffield. Machiko has been appointed as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (2011-14). She has also been appointed as a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher (2010-11) of the Global Fellows Program at New York University (NYU) School of Law, a Visiting Researcher (2012) of the University of Sydney, a Visiting Fellow (2014-2015) at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, and a Visiting Fellow (2015) at the Transnational Law Institute, the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. Currently, Machiko is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law and a coordinator of the Master's Program in Public International Law at Utrecht University.
After working in Belgium for a number of years, John Vervaele left for the Dutch Institute for Social and Economic Law Research (NISER) at the University of Utrecht in 1987. In 1991 he was awarded the prestigious PIONIER subsidy. In 1992 he was appointed Professor/Director in Law Enforcement and European Integration. Since 1996 he is also Professor in Economic and Financial Criminal Law at the University of Utrecht. From 2003 on he is vice-dean and director of research of the Utrecht Law School.
In 2004, Ton van den Brink received a PHD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 2005 to 2009 he was researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). Until 2007, he also worked as lecturer at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. In 2008, Ton led a research project commissioned by the ministry of Justice about the implementation of EU legislation. Ton is currently employed as associate professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Utrecht University. He is also responsible for the daily management of the Europa Institute.
Sebastian Meyer is a postdoctoral researcher at the RENFORCE. His main areas of interest are the foundations of the European Union (EU) and its immigration policies. His PhD thesis concerns the constitutional dimension of EU migration management, specifically the legitimacy of Member States claiming to defend the Union interest at the margins of the EU legal order. Sebastian is particularly interested in enriching doctrinal legal research with insights from legal and political theory.
Gavin Robinson is an Assistant Professor at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, at Utrecht University. His research interests include the relationship between digital technologies and (European) criminal law, IT law and data protection law. Gavin is co-leader of the RENFORCE Building Block ‘ Digitalisation and Technological Innovation in Europe’, coordinator of a Master’s course on Digitalisation and Law Enforcement (LLM), and lectures on Cybercrime (LLB).
Virginia Passalacqua is a postdoctoral researcher at RENFORCE. Her research is in the field of EU law, EU litigation, migration, and anti-discrimination, which she studies with a law in context perspective. In particular, she investigates how social and political processes shape litigation at the EU level and, vice versa, she examines the effects of EU law on social justice, redistribution, and minorities.