Vos, EIL (Ellen)


EU law; comitology; EU agencies; EU integration, EU risk regulation;  precautionary principle;  health and food safety; pharmaceuticals. 

Career History

Ellen Vos is professor of EU law. She is co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law. She is visiting proferssor at the College of Europe, Bruges.

She is member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Risk Regulation and of the Advisory Board of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.

Ellen Vos studied law at the Universities of Utrecht and Bologna. She was a trainee at the European Commission, the European Consumer Organisation and the European Court of Justice. She wrote and obtained her Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute in Florence. She was a Jean Monnet fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (Florence). From September 2001 until September 2005 she served as the Director of the advanced master programme in comparative, European and International law, Magister Iuris Communis programme of the Law Faculty of the Maastricht University. From 2015 to 2018 she was co-director of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM).

Research Profile

Ellen’s main areas of interest are EU constituional and institutional law, competence, delegation of powers, comitology and agencies, internal market, differentiated integration,  EU risk regulation (precautionary principle, food safety, pharmaceuticals nanotechnology).

She has published extensively in these areas. She supervises (and has supervised) numerous master and PhD theses in these areas.

Research Projects

Ellen Vos has been awarded several peer reviewed research project grants in the field of European integration. In 1996 she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Commission under the EU 4th Framework programme which she carried out at the Centre of European Law and Politics (ZERP) in Bremen (1996-1998).

In 2002 the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded her a career grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme to fund a 5-year research project on risk regulation (VIDI grant).

Ellen Vos participated in various  EU Projects; 1) Promoting Food Safety through a New Integrated Risk Analysis Approach for Foods (SAFE FOODS) (www.safefoods.nl) (2004-2008); 2) Trustnet-in-Action (www.trustnetinaction.com) (2005-2007) and 3) Network of Excellence CONNEX, Connecting Excellence and European Governance, co-ordinated by the University of Mannheim (www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/projekte/connex/) (2004-2008); 4) INPROFOOD, towards sustainable food research (http://www.inprofood.eu) (2011-2014).

Currently she is the coordinator of a large EU Horizon2020 project: REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders (RECIPES) (https://recipes-project.eu/) (2019-2022).


She has coordinated and taught courses on EU law Foundations and European Law, market Integration and GovernanceHealth Foods, Scientific and Regulatory Environment and Regulating Innovation, Trade and Uncertain Risks (MaRBble course).

She is currently teaching the course: EU Internal Market Law and Governance.

Work for third parties

  • Member of the Advisory Board at Book series Law, Science and Technology UCL Press
  • Member of the Editorial Board at Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law
  • Member of the Editorial Board at European Journal of Risk Regulation
  • University at College of Europe, Bruges
  • Member of the Advisory Board at Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law

Additional roles & tasks

Professor of European Union Law