Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Globalization as a Challenge to National Sovereignty

What is the definition and meaning of sovereignty, both in terms of modern developments and the evolution of the EU? That is the theme the Constitutional Law Conference – Staatsrechtconferentie – 2017 will address. In this regard, the conference will be centered on the viable avenues towards the reconciliation of the classical concepts of sovereignty, democracy and legitimacy with modern supranational solutions.


Practical information

Date: Friday 15 December 2017, 10:00 - 17.30 uur

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ruiterij 1, 6211 EW Maastricht

Language: partly Dutch, partly English


10.00-10.30 Welcome / Registration

10.30-10.45 Opening

10.45-11.30 Keynote lecture I (English) by Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, followed by Q&A

11.30-12.15 Keynote lecture II (Dutch) by Prof. Dr. W.T. Eijsbouts, followed by Q&A

12.15-12.45 Plenary discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Parallel workshops (3 in Dutch / 2 in English). We kindly request participants to submit brief papers, which may be presented during the workshop.

16.00 -16/15 Coffee break

16.15-16.45 Reports from workshops

16.45-17.15 Prof. Dr. B.E.F.M. de Witte, concluding comments

17.15 -17.30 Plenary discussion

Conference Fee

The attendance fee regarding this conference is only €100,- per person incl. breaks, lunch and drinks afterwards. The number of participants is limited and registrations will be handled on a first come, first serve basis.

Hotel accomodation

There are special arrangements with hotel Crowne Plaza Maastricht for this event. Please visit this special part of the hotel website for more information as well as prices. You can also park your car at a reduced rate at the hotel for an amount of €18,50 a day.


Parallel workshops

(3 in Dutch, 2 in English)

Participants are kindly requested to submit brief papers, which may be presented during the workshop. The deadline for submission is 1 December 2017. Please send you contribution to the following email address:

  • National democracy and sovereignty: is a European (EU) democracy possible? (Dutch)
  • Is governance in the 21st century imaginable without transfers of sovereignty? (Dutch)
  • Concepts of a 'core sovereignty'? (Dutch)
  • Can dual legitimacy be made to work? (English)
  • Referenda as a challenge to globalization (English)




More information

Organisation: Maastricht University