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The Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. 

CERiM is an interdisciplinary research venue creating synergies and stimulating joint projects and events in the fields of European law, governance, and their respective history. It brings together researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), the Faculty of Law (FL), and the University College Maastricht of Maastricht University (UCM). CERiM links the FASoS research programme Politics and Culture in Europe with the Maastricht Centre for European Law (FL), and the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht (FL with participation of FASoS). At the same time, CERiM is the successor of the Maastricht Centre for European Governance (MCEG), a former Jean Monnet Centre that was recently selected as a ‘success story’ by a panel of Commission experts.

CERiM provides a platform of collaboration, intellectual exchange and facilitation between the participating researchers. At the same time it bundles individual efforts to increase international outreach and to give a substantial input to the Maastricht University’s strategic research theme Europe and a Globalising World. CERiM is one of several centres at Maastricht that bring together researchers from the Faculty of Law and FASoS. Other such centres are MACIMIDE, a centre that focuses on migration, mobility, citizenship, development and family life, and ITEM, a centre that seeks to facilitate Euregional cross-border mobility and cooperation. CERiM collaborates closely with both centres in the form of common events and funding applications.

In the spotlight

Project in the Spotlight

Challenges to Multiculturalism and Multilateralism is a Jean Monnet network comprising the EU Centre in Singapore (supported by NUS, NTU and SMU), Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya and Maastricht University. Its two broad research themes are Multiculturalism and Multilateralism, challenges which are common to Europe and Southeast Asia. 

CMM is but one of the many innovative research projects in which CERiM is involved. Explore the others here.

Blast from the Past

On Thursday, 9th February 2017, CERiM had the honor of inviting European Ombudsperson Emily O'Reilly for our Jean Monnet Lecture series.

Ms. O'Reilly talked about her role as the European Ombudsperson in her presentation titled: "European Ombudsman: For a transparent, ethical, and accountable EU administration" and the work she has been doing as she entered her second term. 

Read All About It!

The role that the media plays in transmitting information about the EU and its affairs is an important to scrutinize, especially when considering the impact it might have in promoting the image of that Euroscepticism is increasing among European citizens and world-wide. 

Read more about this in a piece by CERiM member Patrick Bijsman. 

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The Surveillance Triangle: Authorities, Data subjects and Means

On 25 September 2017, an academic conference titled ‘The Surveillance Triangle: Authorities, Data subjects and Means’ was convened at the UM Campus Brussels. The conference was partly sponsored by the Centre for European Re...

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