• Directors

    • Prof. Dr. Andrea Ott is Professor of EU External Relations Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. Since 2011 she holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU law. She has wide experience in legal consultancy for Dutch ministries and the European Commission in Central and Eastern Europe and teaches regularly on EU institutional law, EU external relations, enlargement and WTO law in the Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and China. Since 1999, she is a visiting guest professor for International Economic Law at the M.A. European Studies of the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and since 2005 teaches a Jean Monnet Module on EU External Relations at Maastricht University. Andrea is IUS Commune programme coordinator of the research programme 'Integration, Differentiation and Flexibility: New Perspectives on EU Law and Policy'.  Andrea is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law and a member of the Ius Commune Research School. She is member of the editorial committee of Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law and Member of the board of CLEER (Centre of EU External relations law).


    • Dr. Giselle Bosse is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. She is also a fellow at Carnegie's Democracy Hub. Her research focuses on EU relations with countries in the post-Soviet area, and EU democracy promotion through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP), with an emphasis on EU policies towards Belarus and other autocratic regimes in the region. Bosse's work focuses specifically on the role of values in the EU's international relations, including recent publications on how norms- and rights- based justifications influenced the EU's response to Russia's war against Ukraine. She has acquired several major research grants as principal investigator, including a VENI Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project on: ‘Explaining Europe’s failure to deal with autocratic regimes: Which actors make and break effective democracy promotion?’ (2013-2016), an NWO ASPASIA Research Grant for her project on: 'Non-state actors in EU foreign policy?' (2018-2022) and an NWO grant for Refugee Scientist fellowships (HESTIA) in 2019. In 2020, she was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics in a Changing Global Context (CHANCE). She is also work-package leader in two EU Horizon-funded projects, EMBRACE (2022-2025) and INVIGORATE (2024-2027), which examine obstacles to democratisation in the European neighbourhood and identify ways to overcome them. Bosse also participates in the Jean Monnet Networks EUCTER and RELAY. Bosse has widely published her research in many international journals and books, inter alia in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Geopolitics, Europe-Asia Studies, Cooperation and Conflict and with Manchester University Press. She frequently presents her work at leading think tanks in Europe, and has contributed to several commissioned studies for EU institutions. She regularly appears as an expert commentator in the media, including NPO1, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, AFP, Libération or L1 Limburg. She is co-director of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) and founder and co-coordinator of the Research Colloquium on Geopolitics, Democratic Reform and Resilience in Central and Eastern Europe, hosted and funded by the Netherlands Institute of Governance (NIG). Bosse is Research Associate at the Martens Centre in Brussels, and visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and the Diplomatic School of Armenia (Yerevan). Between 2020-2022, she served as Vice Dean Education at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and from 2016-2020 she was Programme Director of the Research Master European Studies. She has also been visiting fellow at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) and at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels.
  • Board of Directors

    • Prof. Dr. Tannelie Blom
      Tannelie Blom studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Initially specializing in political philosophy and philosophy of the social sciences he established a reputation as an expert in system theory and system theoretical sociology. During the nineties he developed an interest in the politics and theory of European integration, a subject that became his main field of academic research. He is one of the founding fathers of the European Studies program at the FASoS, currently comprising a bachelor program and three Master programs. Tannelie Blom is professor of European Studies, holding the chair dedicated to the theoretical study of the process of European integration. From 2003 until 2010 he was the chair of the Department of Political Science and still is the director of the research program Politics and Culture in Europe. Tunnel Blom was a member of the board of the Netherland Institute of Governance (NIG/NOB) (2009-2011) and since 2005 member of the board of the German Institute Amsterdam.


    • Prof. Dr. Thomas Conzelmann
      Thomas Conzelmann is Professor of International Relations at Maastricht University. From 2009 until September 2013 he also served as Research Director and as Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Before coming to Maastricht, Thomas held positions at the University of Darmstadt (2001-2007), at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES, 2000-2001) and the University of Mannheim (1995-2000), where he also completed his PhD (magna cum laude). During his doctoral studies he spent a year as Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at the University of Birmingham. After studies at Berlin (FU), the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Heidelberg, he obtained a MA degree in Political Science (major) and Public Law / History (minors) from the University of Heidelberg (with highest distinctions).


    •  Prof. Dr. Monica Claes
      Monica Claes is Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. Monica’s main areas of interest are the relationship between European and national constitutional law, the development of a European constitutional space, common constitutional principles and the concept of national constitutional identity. Her current research focus is on fundamental rights protection in the European legal space, the promotion of European values, and the protection of national identities. Monica is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law,  a member of the Ius Commune Research School and of the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht. She is on the editorial board of the European Constitutional Law Review (EuConst) and of the Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht (TvCR). She was a member of the Royal Commission on the Review of the Constitution (Staatscommissie Grondwet, 2009-2010).


    • Prof. Dr. Bruno de Witte
      Bruno de Witte is professor of European Union law at Maastricht University, and part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He is co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law. Previously, from 2000 to February 2010, he was professor of EU law at the EUI, and co-director of the Academy of European Law there, and before that, from 1989 to 2000, he was professor at Maastricht University. He studied law at the University of Leuven and the College of Europe and obtained a doctorate at the European University Institute in 1985, on ‘The Protection of Linguistic Diversity through Fundamental Rights’.


    • Prof. Dr. Clemens Kool
      Clemens Kool is Professor of Macroeconomics and International Monetary Economics at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. He has published widely in national and international journals. His research and teaching interests focus on monetary theory and policy, European monetary and financial integration, the global financial infrastructure, the working of international financial markets, banks and other financial institutions and the role therein of financial regulation and supervision.


    • Prof. Dr. Christine Neuhold 
      Christine Neuhold is full Professor of EU Democratic Governance. She is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Since 1 May 2013 she holds the Special Chair of EU Democratic Governance. She is the head of the Department of Politics and Director of the Graduate School of FASoS, Maastricht University. A political scientist by training, she holds her doctoral degree from the University. She is a Political Scientist by training and holds her doctoral degree from the University of Vienna (awarded in 2000). She has been involved in more than ten international research projects on EU integration, both as a team member and as a co-ordinator. Before joining Maastricht University she held positions at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (1997-2000) and at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna (2000-2002). She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (March – June 2011) . At Maastricht University she has served as Director of Studies of the Master of European Public Affairs (2004-2007) and of the Bachelor programme European Studies (2007-2010). From September 2011-2013 she directed the Research Master European Studies. She also was Associate Dean for Internationalisation (2005 – 2007). She has published widely on different aspects of EU governance and co-supervises PhD students working on European integration.  
    • Dr. Peter Schröder - Bäck
      Peter Schröder-Bäck is Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at Maastricht University Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Peter is member of several review and editorial boards, president of the section of "Ethics in Public Health" of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and president of the section "Public Health Ethics" of the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP). He teaches in the Bachelor in European Public Health and in the Master in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health.


    • Prof. Dr. Mathieu Segers
      Mathieu Segers is Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University and Dean of University College Maastricht. His research focuses on the history and pre-history of European integration and trans-Atlantic relations, on which he publishes in international scholarly journals of different disciplines. Focusing on the historical roots of the modern EU, Segers is currently interested in the ‘Maastricht order’ (and its outlook) and the origins of the Maastricht Treaty, focusing on the EMU, the European social market economy, and the EU’s position in international politics. His book on The Netherlands and European integration (Reis naar het Continent) won the Dutch prize for best political book in 2013 and will be published in English translation in 2017. Segers most recent book, Europe and the Return of History (Dutch), is a collection of columns that appeared in the daily Het Financieele Dagblad between 2014-2016. He has published in numerous journals, including The International History Review, Journal of European Integration History, Contemporary European History, Journal of Cold War Studies, and Journal of Common Market Studies.


    • Prof. Dr. Sophie Vanhoonacker
      Sophie Vanhoonacker is Jean Monnet Professor and Chair in Administrative Governance at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the role and influence of bureaucratic actors in multi-layered, polycentric systems of decision-making, such as the European foreign policy process. She has published internationally in this area, supervises several PhD students in this and related fields, and co-directed an Initial Training Marie Curie Research Network (2010-13) that investigates EU inter- and intra-institutional cooperation. She also served as co-director of the former Maastricht Centre for European Governance which has merged with CERiM. Her own research focuses primarily on the role of the bureaucracy in the European foreign policy process, a topic on which she has published internationally. She supervises several PhD students in this and related fields and co-directs an Initial Training Marie Curie Research Network (2010-13) that investigates EU inter- and intra-institutional cooperation.


    • Prof. Dr. Ellen Vos
      Ellen Vos is Professor of European Union Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She is co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law of Maastricht University. She is research coordinator of the research programme Integration, Differentiation and Flexibility: New Perspectives on EU Law and Policy under the umbrella of the Ius Commune Research school, in which scholars from Utrecht University, Amsterdam University and Leuven University participate. She studied law at the Universities of Utrecht and Bologna. She was a trainee at the European Commission, the European Consumer Organisation and the European Court of Justice. She wrote and obtained her Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. She was a Jean Monnet fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (Florence). From September 2001 until September 2005 she served as the Director of the advanced master programme in comparative, European and International law, Magister Iuris Communis programme of the Law Faculty of the Maastricht University.


    • Prof. Dr. Aalt Willem Heringa
      Aalt Willem Heringa graduated from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden in 1978, where he worked until 1987 as an assistant professor. He was a visiting researcher at the Centre of European Governmental Studies of the University of Edinburgh (1986) and at the European Research Center of the Harvard Law School (1996). In 1989 he completed his Ph.D. thesis ‘Sociale Grondrechten’ (Social Rights). He has been working at Maastricht University, the Faculty of Law, since 1987; he was appointed full Professor of (comparative) constitutional and administrative law in 1995. Since then he successfully supervised fourteen PhD’s. He is an author and editor of numerous books and articles on Dutch Constitutional law, the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, comparative constitutional law, US constitutional law, Human Rights and legal education.
  • Research Coordinators

    • Dr. Johan Adriaensen is assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and research coordinator at the Center for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM). He completed his PhD at the University of Leuven and has been a guest professor at the University of Antwerp. His research interests encompass international political economy, institutions of the European Union and the scholarship on teaching and learning. He is the author of ‘National Administrations in EU Trade Negotiations’ and is co-editing (with Tom Delreux) a book on the ‘Principal-Agent Model in EU politics’ (both forthcoming with Palgrave). Johan is also the Reviews Editor of the Journal of European Integration.


    • Dr. Clara Weinhardt is Assistant Professor in International Relations at Maastricht University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.
      Her research interests combine questions of global governance with theoretical approaches to international negotiations, with a particular focus on the areas of trade and development. Her empirical research focuses on EU-Africa relations and emerging countries, especially China.


    • Dr. Merijn Chamon is Assistant Professor of EU Law since September 2019 at the Faculty of Law. Previously he was Visiting Professor at Antwerp University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders as well as doctor-assistant and assistant at the Ghent European Law Institute. At Ghent University he also obtained his PhD in law in 2015 with a thesis on EU Agencies. His research interests lie in EU constitutional law, EU institutional law, comitology, EU agencies, EU procedural law, EU internal market law and the law of EU external relations.