ACELG seeks to engage with topical issues but also to contribute to the scholarly and more general policy debates on relevant and fundamental topics.
Researchers disseminate theoretical knowledge to legal practice, national and EU regulators, as well as the broader public. ACELG’s main focus in this regard remains informing policy makers and other stakeholders, both nationally and in Brussels. Interaction takes place not only directly, for example through small-scale expert roundtables and workshops and specific academic advice, as well as policy briefs and reports for policy makers in the national and EU context, but also indirectly, for example through targeted contributions to the public debate (for example, the Meijers Committee, Statewatch, and more). Insights from direct contact with different statkeholders, for example when ACELG researchers collect empirical data through interviews, immediately contribute to shaping the course of ACELG’s scientific inquiries. The insights Besides the more targeted interaction with policy makers, ACELG also engages with the wider public by way of public conferences and debates (for example, at Spui 21), ACELG’s own blog, open access academic contributions, as well as (occasional) media appearances. Furthermore, ACELG researchers sometimes undertake consultancy work for the private sector.
Research results are published not only in English and Dutch, but also periodically disseminated in other languages such as for example in German, French, Hungarian and Portuguese. ACELG further organizes and hosts regularly larger and smaller conferences and workshops and since 2011 an Annual Conference, which seeks to perform an agenda-setting function both nationally and internationally. ACELG applies the performance criteria defined by the Faculty of Law (i.e. every three years four or five academic publications in peer-reviewed journals per standard research component (0.4 fte)). It strongly encourages its researchers to go beyond them in practice and build a convincing publishing record in international leading, peer-reviewed journals and books with international publishers. It has a good track record in this regard, with for example, since its inception in 2009 four monographs published by researchers with Oxford University Press with several others now in the pipeline