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20 April 2017: CERiM Annual Conference – Contestation of Expertise in the European Union

Contestation of Expertise in the European Union: Policy-making between
evidence-based decision-making and post-truth politics 

Expertise increasingly faces a contested role in decision-making and public debate. On the one hand, hardly any policy can be conceived today without expert consultation, yet on the other hand, expertise seems too readily to be disqualified in public debate even in most important national or European decisions. This contested position of experts has become apparent in the context of a number of recent referenda campaigns, such as in the Netherlands, Hungary and the United Kingdom, and has also played a role in debates on many high profile issues such as the regulation of genetically modified organisms or the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The second Annual CERiM Conference addresses the role and position of expertise and experts in the EU context of law and policy-making. We will critically examine the current state of the art and discuss how should the role of experts be reconciled with conflicting demands. The conference offers answers from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawn from a variety of national and international experiences.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: 20th April 2017
Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Time: 09.00 – 17.45

For further inquiries about the conference, please contact

Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi ( or
Dr. Johan Adriaensen (

The final programme of the event can be downloaded below as a pdf file. Please use the following link to register for this event. 

Related to the CERiM Conference, an international workshop entitled ‘Scientific knowledge in environmental litigation: National Solutions, EU Requirements and Current Challenges’ will take place on 21 April 2017 at Maastricht University. An outline of the international workshop on Scientific Knowledge in environmental litigation can be found here

Further inquiries can be directed at Dr. Mariolina Eliantonio (

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