The Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) was established as a Faculty Centre of Excellence in 2009. Since then it has been nationally and internationally recognized as a research centre that makes high level contributions to the academic and policy debate on legal and governance processes in Europe.
ACELG focusses on mapping, understanding and critically reflecting upon the constitutional (legal, political and economic) evolution that has taken place, and is taking place, in the European Union, including in the context of the proximate constitutional orders of the EU Member States as well as that of public international law.
ACELG ensures the quality of its research by providing for a vibrant environment, in which about 20 researchers are encouraged to pursue excellence, seek recognition in the scholarly discourse, both internationally and nationally, attract external research funding, and publish in the leading peer reviewed journals. In the past years, members of ACELG have built the international profile of the centre, successfully competed for personal research grants, and influenced the academic and political debate in their field. The research group includes leading scholars with internationally recognised expertise in European constitutional law and European economic law. ACELG researchers actively contribute to national and international scholarly and policy debates that bridge disciplinary divides, including law, political science and economics. Particular emphasis is put on crosscutting issues between institutional, constitutional and economic law and on joint initiatives in terms of agenda-setting. Younger ACELG scholars are actively encouraged to engage in scholarly and policy discourse.