Effective enforcement of competition law is vital for the functioning of markets and economies. As competition authorities are constrained by scarce financial and human resources, they cannot effectively enforce every possible infringement. Setting clear and effective priorities is an essential precondition for reserving society’s resources to the most harmful infringements. Credible enforcement priorities build independent and accountable competition authorities, which form a fundamental building block for our economies.
The ‘Separation of powers for 21st century Europe (SepaRope)’ has been awarded with a grant by the Norface Network, as part of the ‘NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age programme'. SepaRope is a joint project by ACELG, The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI), and Anna Wallerman at the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg.
Tiziana Melchiorre is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. Her project is titled ‘The European Union in the Arctic’ (EURARCTIKA). The aim of the project is investigating which legal and geopolitical instruments the European Union (EU) could use in order to contribute to the protection of the Arctic environment.
The EU’s foreign policy commitment to contribute to the development of international law, now codified in article 3(5) TEU, is one fraught with ambiguity, both in terms of its legal content and its operationalization. Unlike most foreign policy objectives included in the EU treaties, the EU’s aspiration to develop international law is not only a singular to the constitutive instrument of an international organisation, it is also amiss from the foreign policy constitutions of the majority of its member states. The European Court of Justice’s case law, in turn, offers little guidance as to its content.
Nearly 80% of all deforestation is caused by international trade in palm oil, beef, soy and other forest-risk commodities. In this project Weimer researches the potential of EU environmental law and regulation to stop tropical deforestation that is caused by agricultural conversion.
Anniek de Ruijter, Associate Professor of European Law, has been awarded a Veni grant for her research into improved legal safeguards at the EU level, aimed at tackling major public health crises such as outbreaks of infectious diseases or bioterrorist attacks. A Veni is an individual grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to researchers who have recently obtained their PhDs.