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Centre for European Legal Studies
The Centre’s approach is critical, independent, comparative and contextual. It draws upon a diverse group of research staff and a unique legacy as one of the UK’s earliest and most influential centres in European Legal Studies.
The Centre engages with an international circle of scholars, practitioners, the political community and State and non-State actors. It is assisted in its work by an advisory board. In addition, the Centre maintains collaborative links with other research centres and disciplines on broader themes such as transnational private and commercial law, constitutionalism, human rights, and new forms of governance.
Established in 1972, CELS is one of the oldest centres of its kind in the UK.
CELS has close ties with the Centre for European Governance.
The Centre engages with an international circle of scholars, practitioners, the political community and State and non-State actors. It is assisted in its work by an advisory board
|Professor Joasia Luzak||Co-Director||European consumer law, European contract law, consumer behaviour, digital content, principle of transparency, big data and private law|
|Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis||Co-Director||Socio-Legal Studies, Labour Law, EU Law & Policy, Judicial Decision-making, Social Policy-making|
|Dr Ana Beduschi||Immigration and asylum law (International and European law aspects), International Human Rights law, European Human Rights system, Inter-American Human Rights system, European Union law (notably fundamental rights), International Human Rights Law.|
|Dr Greta Bosch||Human Rights, Equality, Racial Equality, Non-discrimination, Diversity, Inclusivity, Interdisciplinarity, disparate performance|
|Dr Catherine Caine||Environmental Law, Planning Law, Renewable Energy, NSIPs, EI|
|Dr Matthew Cole||EU Competition Law, Digital markets, Tying, Article 102(d), Ordoliberalism, Behavioural economics, Behavioral economics, algorithmic pricing, artificial intelligence, Antitrust|
|Dr Mihail Danov||Private international law and competition law.|
|Richard Edwards||Human rights law, constitutional law and reform, free speech and aspects of criminal justice
|Professor Clair Gammage||International trade law and development, Clair’s research focuses on the diverse ways that trade law and governance intersects with sustainable development, gender, human rights, labour and environment|
|Dr James Griffin||Copyright, Intellectual Property Law, information theory (quantum and flow), knowledge theory, legal theory, biotech theory, creativity, and computer science (esp. tracking, watermarking and hex hacking).|
|Saskia Hardcastle||Student member|
|Dr Kubo Mačák||General international law, international humanitarian law, and the law of cyber security|
|Dr Adam McCann||Assisted dying laws, euthanasia, human rights, governance theories, criminal justice, EU free movement law|
|Marta Minetti||Criminal Law and Human Rights|
|Dr Frederic Rolland||Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory with a particular focus on the theory and practice of French Constitutional and Administrative Law in a historical context and comparative perspective|
|Dr Isabella Rueda||Europeanization of Private Law, Comparative Law, Private International Law, Transnational Commercial Law|
|Dr Aurel Sari||Specialising in public international law and the legal aspects of European security and defence policy.|
|Dr Severine Saintier||Commercial contracts, commercial agency contracts, contract law, comparative law, good faith, relational contracts, consumer protection, vulnerable consumers, AI and the law|
Regional Organisations and the Responsibility to Protect: The Case of the European Union
British International Studies Association
2017 - 2018
The ABC of Online Disclosure Duties: Towards a More Uniform Assessment of the Transparency of Consumer Information in Europe
Open Research Area
2016 - 2019
The Fascist Roots of the Italian Penal Code: Fascist Law and Contemporary Commentary in Comparative Perspective
2011 - 2012
The Enforcement of Contractual Duties in European Jurisdictions
2009 - 2010
|Name||Publications (since 2017)|
||“The Transparent Trap: a Multidisciplinary Perspective on the Design of Transparent Online Disclosures in the EU” (2018) Journal of Consumer Policy, available here.
|Luzak J (2018). Digital age: time to say goodbye to traditional concepts. Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, 4 Full text.
|Luzak J (2020). The Steady Creep of an Average Consumer as a Reference Consumer in the Assessment of the Transparent Provision of Mandatory Information. Tijdschrift voor Consumentenrecht & handelspraktijken, 5|
|Luzak J, Wiewiórowska-Domagalska A (2020). Case studies - Polish law. In Baaij CJW, Cabrelli D, Macgregor L (Eds.) Interpretation of Commercial Contracts in European Private Law, Intersentia|
|Luzak J (2020). A Broken Notion: Impact of Modern Technologies on Product Liability. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(3), 630-649.|
|Luzak J, van der Hof S (2018). Directive 2011/83/EU - Consumer Rights Directive (Electronic Commerce Aspects). In Gijrath S, van der Hof S, Lodder AR, Zwenne G-J (Eds.) Concise European Data Protection, E-Commerce and IT Law, Wolters Kluwer
|Luzak J (2018). Who Calls the Tune? Stock Taking of Behavioural Consumer Protection in Europe. In Micklitz H-W, Sibony A-L, Esposito F (Eds.) Research Methods in Consumer Law, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd: Full text.
|Luzak J (2017). Is all fair in war against unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyles? the right to privacy vs. modern technology in consumer contracts. In Siliquini-Cinelli L, Hutchison A (Eds.) The Constitutional Dimension of Contract Law. A Comparative Perspective, Springer, 39-59 Abstract. Full text.
|Luzak J (2019). Will the imaginary active consumers please stand up? Case note to Walbusch Walter Busch (C-430/17). Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law Full text. DOI.|
|Luzak J (2019). In the wind of change: Ten years of the EU consumer credit framework. Tijdschrift voor Consumentenrecht & handelspraktijken, 1, 2-4. Full text.
|Luzak J, Junuzović M (2019). Blurred Lines: Between Formal and Substantive Transparency in Consumer Credit Contracts. Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, 8, 97-107. Full text.
|Ana Beduschi||Beduschi AC (2018). Vulnerability on Trial: Protection of Migrant Children’s Rights in the Jurisprudence of International Human Rights Courts. Boston University International Law Journal, 36(1), 55-85. Abstract. Full text.
|Danov M (2020). Cross-Border Litigation: Evaluating the Brexit Impact – a Socio-Legal Model for Data Analysis. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 199-229.|
|“Cross-Border Aspects of EU Competition Law Enforcement: Comprehensive Reform Needed?” in: Tomljenovic V, Bodiroga-Vukobrat N, Butorac Malnar V, Kunda I (eds.) EU Competition and State Aid Rules: Public and Private Enforcement (2017 Springer)|
|“Cross-border Litigation in Europe: Some Theoretical Issues and Some Practical Challenges” in: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K, Yuksel B (eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (2017 Hart Publishing)|
|“Data Analysis: Important Issues to be Considered in a Cross-border Context” in: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K, Yuksel B (eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (2017 Hart Publishing)|
|“Effective remedies in cross-border civil and commercial law disputes: a case for an institutional reform at EU level” in: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K, Yuksel B (eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (2017 Hart Publishing)|
|“Introduction: Research Aims and Methodology” in: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K, Yüksel B (eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (2017 Hart Publishing)|
|“The relationship between litigation and ADR: Evaluating the effect of the EU PIL framework on ADR/settlements in cross-border cases” in: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K, Yuksel B (Eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (2017 Hart Publishing)|
|Kubo Macak & Sue Prince||Mačák K, Prince S (2017). Constitutional Brexit: Why we need courts to determine the constitutional arrangements of the UK. Politics Home (26 Jan 2017). Web link.
|Aurel Sari||Sari A (2017). Reversing a Withdrawal Notification under Article 50 TEU: can a Member State Change its Mind?. European Law Review, 42, 451-451. Full text.
Nousia KP (2018). The Legal Framework Regarding the Distribution of Insurance-Based Investment Products: the EU and UK Approach. Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, 2018/4 Full text.
|Catherine Caine||“The place of the Rochdale envelope approach in offshore renewable energy” (2018) 20(2) Environmental Law Review|
|“A fresh start for screening under the Habitats Regulations: Case c-323/17 People Over Wind, Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta  Ecr I-244” (2018) 20(3) Environmental Law Review|
|“Dieselgate” and Consumer Law: Repercussions of the Volkswagen scandal in the United Kingdom” (2017) 6(2) Journal of European Consumer and Market Law|
|Joseph Lee||Lee J (2017). Europe and Takeovers. In Alcock, Millett, Todd (Eds.) Gore-Browne on Companies, Jordan Publishing
|Severine Saintier||Saintier S (2017). Community energy companies in the UK: a potential model for sustainable development in "local" energy?. Sustainability (Switzerland), 9(8) Available online: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/8/1325/pdf|
|Catherine Dupré||”Human Dignity is Inviolable. It must be Respected and Protected”: Retaining the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit” (2018) 2 European Human Rights Law Review|
|Matthew Cole||Cole M (2019). Does the EU Commission really hate the US? Understanding the Google decision through competition theory. European Law Review, 44 Full text.
Dodsworth TJ, Bisping C (2019). Energy Price Cap – a Disservice to Consumers. Journal of European consumer and market law, 2, 53-64
Dodsworth TJ (2017). Intermediaries as Sellers – a commentary on Wathelet. Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, 5, 213-215
|McCann A (2019). The 'right to assisted suicide' and the institutional limits of judicial governance. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 6(1), 1-5|
Pavis MGA (2019). “In fashion, one day you are in, the next you are out”: comparative perspectives on the exclusion of fashion models from performers’ rights. European Intellectual Property Review, 41(6), 347-358.
|Karen Walsh||Walsh K (2019). Promoting Harmonisation across the European Patent System through Judicial Dialogue and Cooperation. International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 50(4), 408-440|
|Walsh K, Hawkins N (2020). Expanding the Role of Morality and Public Policy in European Patent Law. In (Ed) Intellectual Property and Human Rights, Wolters Kluwer|
Schmidt J (2020). The European Union and the Use of Force., Brill, Nijhoff
Schmidt J (2019). The European Union and the Responsibility to Protect. European Foreign Affairs Review, 24, 309-326.
Digitalised societies: Can New EU Consumer Agenda protect consumers?
Advising the European Parliament on how to ‘Update the Unfair Contract Terms Directive for Digital Services’
Assessment of the quality of the legal aid services to Dutch consumers
Zotero Consumer Law Female Collective database: Promoting scholarship of women in consumer law
Helping the European Commission to evaluate Dutch implementation of the new Package Travel Directive
Prof Luzak convenes 'The Transparent Trap: Disclosing Information to Consumers' conference in Amsterdam
Cross-Border Litigation in England and Wales: Brexit Implications
Professor Joasia Luzak organises a conference 'Consumer Law in the Data Economy'
AG Eleanor Sharpston QC gives the annual Lasok Lecture
Professor Luzak contributes to an international project on collective redress mechanisms in environmental and consumer mass harm situations
Professor Luzak organised an international symposium "Transparency: where art thou in consumer protection?" on June 27.
Professor Luzak presents at the Conference on Research in Private and Market Law - Challenges for the 21st Century
Professor Joasia Luzak on revision of the e-privacy Directive in light of Brexit
Catherine Dupre co-convened an international conference on Icelandic constitutional reform.
European Constitutional Democracy in Peril - People, Principles, Institutions: International Conference Budapest June 23-24 2016
Professor Luzak investigates fitness of Consumer Law for the 21st Century
Anti-Democratic Ideology and Criminal Law under Fascist, National Socialist and Authoritarian Regimes, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 10-11 September 2015
Lethal Force, Policing and the ECHR: McCann and Others v UK at Twenty, Doughty Street Chambers, London, 25 March 2015
Research Seminar: 'The EU rule of law crisis and the effective enforcement of EU Law.'
Wednesday 8 February, 1.30 - 2.30pm
Syndicate Room and Online
In this seminar Professor Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol) will present his paper on 'The EU rule of law crisis and the effective enforcement of EU law'. Join us in person or via Zoom.
We are pleased to confirm our next Lasok Lecture will be held on 22nd March 2023.
Christopher Docksey, Honorary Director-General of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and past lecturer at Exeter Law School, will deliver our annual lecture.
The topic of the lecture will be 'The Court of Justice and the shaping of the GDPR'.
We will confirm start times and the booking details shortly but it is likely to be held around 5.30pm with a 1-hour lecture (including Q&A).
2022 Lasok Lecture
In 2022, Prof. Steve Peers (University of Essex) was invited by the Centre for European Legal Studies to give the lecture on the topic of "Brexit and Human Rights". It captivated our audience and led to an interesting debate. The lecture has been recorded for those of our students and colleagues who have not been able to attend.
Find out more about the Lasok Lecture series.
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LLM Masters of Law
The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.
Students interested in EU law should consider selecting some of the following modules on their pathway: Competition Law, Consumer Protection, Environmental and Energy Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Migration and the Law, Patent and Design Law, Financial Markets Law and Regulation, Artificial Intelligence and Law.
Find out more on our studying pages.
We welcome applications from students wishing to study a PhD. You can see our main areas of research on the members tab or use our research expertise search.
Find out more on our PhD pages.
Examples of our students:
'EU competition law and issues around the commercial use of 'Big Data''
'The new legal framework of competition law in the digitalised EU market from the consumer welfare perspective'
Alexandra Böhme (with Politics)
'Constitutional Theory in Britain and Germany. Conceptual Challenges by Supranationalism and Internationalization'
'Can ASEAN Benefit from the European Union's Experience in the Field of Facilitating Corporate Collaboration?'
Gisela Grabow (Germany)
'EU Law and 'best interest of the child' (jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement in Brussels II-bis; juridiction, recognition and enforcement in the traditional Hague Conventions)'
Hammad Hayssan (Egypt)
Subject of theses: 'Copyright Law'
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