Vos, EIL (Ellen)

Career History

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.

Ellen Vos 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.

Research Profile

Ellen’s main areas of interest are EU law and governance (comitology and agencies), market integration and EU risk regulation (precautionary principle, food safety, pharmaceuticals nanotechnology). She has published extensively in these areas. She supervises (and has supervised) numerous master and PhD theses in these areas.

Research Projects

Ellen Vos has been awarded several peer reviewed research project grants in the field of European integration. In 1996 she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Commission under the EU 4th Framework programme which she carried out at the Centre of European Law and Politics (ZERP) in Bremen (1996-1998). In 2002 the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her a career grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme to fund a 5-year research project on risk regulation (VIDI grant).


She participated in three EU 6th Framework Projects; 1) Promoting Food Safety through a New Integrated Risk Analysis Approach for Foods (SAFE FOODS) (www.safefoods.nl) (2004-2008); 2) Trustnet-in-Action (www.trustnetinaction.com) (2005-2007) and 3) Network of Excellence CONNEX, Connecting Excellence and European Governance, co-ordinated by the University of Mannheim (www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/projekte/connex/) (2004-2008).


Currently she is participating in an EU 7th Framework project, INPROFOOD, towards sustainable food research (http://www.inprofood.eu) (2011-2014).

Work for third parties

  • Member of the Editorial Board at Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law
  • Member of the Advisory Board at Book series Law, Science and Technology UCL Press
  • Member of the Editorial Board at European Journal of Risk Regulation

Additional roles & tasks

Professor of European Union Law