The newly established UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on ‘Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy’ is seeking to submit a proposal for at least two panels at theUACES 48th Annual Conference, which will be held in Bath, UK, on 3-5 September 2018 (

The effective enforcement of EU law and policy spans all policy areas falling within EU competence.  Compliance with, and enforcement of, EU law and policy is fundamental to the EU’s credibility and legitimacy, and has re-emerged as a political priority for Juncker’s Commission. The traditional ‘dual vigilance’ model of enforcement has been overtaken by EU policy makers experimenting with a diverse range of legal and regulatory practices, strategies, and instruments, involving a range of actors, which operate at EU and national level, and the impact of which can differ considerably from one policy field to another.

The network co-ordinators invite contributions from all disciplines which address the following themes:

  • New developments in a particular EU policy field which are aimed at improving the effective enforcement of EU law and policy;
  • What is meant by ‘effective’ enforcement from different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological perspectives;
  • The impact of EU enforcement at national level including comparisons between different policy areas/different Member States/impact on national practices;
  • The gap between ‘law on paper’ and ‘law in action’ in relation to enforcement of EU law and policy;
  • The implications of Brexit on the enforcement of EU law and policy;
  • The role played by different actors, strategies, instruments in the enforcement of EU law and policy and their effectiveness.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a title, abstract and short biography to the CRN conveners, Sara Drake ( and Melanie Smith ( by Monday 15th January 2018.

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