Enforcement Challenges in Multi-level Regulatory Systems:

Mapping the Landscapes

University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance

21-22 May 2019


The Doctoral Training Unit on Enforcement in Multi-Level Regulatory Systems (DTU REMS) is a joint research programme of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF), the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE), and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law (MPI Luxembourg). DTU REMS focuses on enforcement in multi-level regulatory systems by addressing specific enforcement challenges in and across different legal disciplines (including criminal, administrative, EU, international, and human rights law) as well as from a political science perspective.

The proliferation of multi-level regulatory systems poses challenges to effective enforcement of policy goals and legal rules when a multiplicity of actors is involved. Generally, enforcement is seen as an act of ensuring compliance by actors. These range from individuals and public institutions, to decentralized agencies and expert bodies involved in regulatory decision-making processes with certain rules and laws. Nevertheless, enforcement itself can take several forms, including administrative or judicial oversight or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. The concept of (enforcement in) multi-level regulatory systems is however not yet completely established in legal literature. One might contend that it is still a somewhat elusive concept which is used as a comprehensive notion covering divergent situations, depending on whether one gives a narrow or broad meaning to “enforcement” and “regulation”.

This call invites young researchers, both PhD students as well as fresh post-doctoral researchers, to present their contributions. The colloquium will be a two-day event, consisting of a one-day workshop and accompanied by a conference of expert panels. It will aim to illuminate the diverse nature of enforcement challenges in multi-level regulatory frameworks from the different legal and academic disciplines.  As such, it will address the varied understanding of what constitutes an enforcement challenge in multi-level regulatory systems. This discussion can highlight the definitional variances of the term enforcement and the different approaches that exist in assessing the challenges arising out of diverse enforcement contexts.  The topics can include, but are not limited to the multi-level approaches and challenges in the following fields:

-                      banking & financial law;

-                      IT, internet & satellite communications law;

-                      international trade & investment law, including environmental law;

-                      dispute resolution;

-                      EU, constitutional, criminal and administrative law;

-                      Multi-level governance political science perspectives.

Interested scholars are invited to participate either through presentation of an academic paper or with a poster.

The selected participants will present their work in front of their peers. They will receive feedback from the discussants, who will include the academic members of the DTU, and the floor will then be opened for debate.

The application should contain:

  • A CV with full contact details;
  • An indication of the starting date and envisaged end date of the PhD thesis;
  • An abstract of maximum 500 words for a paper, or a maximum of 200 words proposal for the poster presentation;
  • A short author bio of no more than 200 words.

Please submit your proposals for papers and for posters by 31 March 2019 to Successful applicants will be informed by 15 April 2019.

Final papers and posters:

Full drafts (maximum 6,000 words, including footnotes) considered for publication need to be submitted only after the colloquium. The poster presentations will be featured during the networking lunch breaks (posters should ideally have an A2 format).

Funding for travel and accommodation expenses will be available for those who will be selected to present a paper or poster.

For additional information, please visit the Doctoral Training Unit site at:, or please contact