Dr. Miroslava (Mira) Scholten is an Associate Professor of EU law and a member of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (Renforce). She teaches bachelor and master courses and gives occassionally guest lectures on different aspects of EU (institutional) law and politics. In her research, she focuses on EU institutional and comparative constitutional and administrative law, including EU agencies, accountability and the new trend of enhancing EU direct enforcement power. In July 2016, Mira received a prestigious Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to execute a 3,5 year research project ‘Shared enforcement but separated controls in the EU – how to make it work for democracy and the rule of law?’.
Before her current position, she worked as a postdoc at Universiteit Utrecht and a PhD researcher at Maastricht University. Her PhD dissertation on the political accountability of EU agencies has been published by Brill and her first academic article on accountability and independence of regulatory agencies in the EU and US was awarded 2012 Europe Award by the Montesquieu Institute.
Mira holds a ‘specialist degree’ in International Relations from the North-West Academy of Public Administration in Saint-Petersburg (2005, with distinction), MSc in International and European Relations and Management from Amsterdam School of International Relations, the University of Amsterdam (2006, with distinction) and LLM in International and European Law from Amsterdam Law School, the University of Amsterdam (2008). Also, she participated in the ‘EU studies’ programme organised by the Aarhus Business School (September – December 2003) sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took the summer course in American Law (2009) offered by the Amsterdam-Leyden-Columbia summer school.