• Prof. Dr. Thomas Christiansen is Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics and was Co-Director of the former Maastricht Centre for European Governance (MCEG) which has merged with CERiM. He is Executive Editor (with Simon Duke) of the Journal of European Integration, co-editor (with Sophie Vanhoonacker) of the ‘European Administration Governance’ book series at Palgrave Macmillan and member of the board of the Research Committee on European Unification of the International Political Science Association (IPSA-RC3). He acts as academic coordinator of the Observatory of National Parliaments after Lisbon (OPAL, and of the Jean Monnet Research Group on EU-Asia Relations (GEAR, He has published widely on different aspects of European integration and is co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations (2013), jointly with Emil Kirchner and Philomena Murray.
  • Prof. Dr. 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.

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Dr. Tannelie Blom
    Tanneli 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 and vice Dean of Research 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. She is co-editor-in-chief of the European Constitutional Law Review (EuConst) and editor of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (MJ). 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’.
  • Dr. Christine Neuhold 
    Christine Neuhold is Professor within the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University. 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.  


  • Prof. Dr. Kiran Patel 
    Kiran Patel is Jean Monnet Professor of European and Global History and Head of the Department of History since September 2011. Before joining Maastricht University, he held a Joint Chair at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2007-2011; Department of History and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) and was Assistant Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin (2002-2006). He held positions as Kennedy Fellow at the Center for European Study at Harvard University, and has been visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the London School of Economics, and the German Historical Institute London, as well as a senior visiting fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, the Free University in Berlin and University of Oxford. He is also member of an international team of historians researching the history of the German Ministry of Labour during the Third Reich. His ongoing research focuses on the history of European integration as well as on the history of the United States in the world. He is member of the editorial boards of Contemporary European History; the Journal of European Integration History; Monde(s): Histoire, Espaces, Relations; New Global Studies; Ventunesimo secolo and Docupedia Zeitgeschichte.
  • 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 and Dean of 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. 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 a postdoctoral researcher 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. Diane Fromage is Assistant Professor of European Law since February 2017 at the Faculty of Law. She was previously Assistant Professor in EU Law at Utrecht University and a Max Weber Postdoctoral fellow in Law at the European University Institute of Florence, Italy. She obtained her PhD in November 2013 from the University of Pavia (Italy) and Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Her research focuses on National and Regional parliaments in the European Union and, more generally, on any topic related to parliaments in the EU, such as interparliamentary cooperation. She is also interested in Independent fiscal institutions and has also a specific interest for institutional matters in the EU and in a comparative constitutional perspective.