Centre for European Research in Maastricht

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

Soft Law Research Network (SoLaR) is a Jean Monnet network comprising of the Univesity of Helsinki, Aix Marseille University, King's College London, Free University of Berlin, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, and Maastricht University. SoLaR aims to promote multi- and interdisciplinary research about use of EU soft law by national administrations and courts and to encourage a dialogue between academia and practitioners. It brings together lawyers and political scientists in order to study EU soft law and its operation at national level.


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

Blast from the Past

From the 21-22 November 2016, CERiM member Hylke Dijkstra and Anniek de Ruijter held a workshop titled "Germs, Terrorism and Chemical Attacks". It brought together academics and policy experts in the field of public health and security policy to discuss innovative research and highlighted potential synergies between (1) health and security issues, (2) internal and external challenges, and (3) legal and policy perspectives.


After much anticipation, the contributions from the workshop were published in a special issue in the Journal of European Risk Regulation, which can be accessed for free until January 10, 2018 here.

Read All About It!

Recent events suggest that the Eurozone may soon be entering a new phase of its short but already tumultuous life. As the dust of the sovereign debt crisis starts settling, and the continent slowly returns to growth, winds of change are blowing across the zone, and EMU reform is back on the agenda and hence ardently debated at EU and Member States level. The context is thus ripe to critically reflect on the economic governance system the crisis has brought about, and on the actions carried out by the EU institutions and the Member States within that setting.

Read more about this in a piece by CERiM members Paul Dermine and Diane Fromage. 

Our stories

RELAY Kick-off Conference Wrap up

“It’s already in the name, we want to relay EU affairs to a broad array of stakeholders”

Christine Neuhold, Professor of EU Democratic Governance, Maastricht University

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Project RELAY

RELAY is a project that aims at discussing the European Commission’s political guidelines and work programme with a wide and diverse array of stakeholders. It is coordinated by Maastricht University Campus Brussels and includes several academic and n...

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