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The annual Lasok Lecture, held since 1977, attracts eminent speakers including EU commissioners, politicians and judges. Find out more.

Centre for European Legal Studies

About us

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

Centre management

NameRole Research interests
Associate Professor Joasia Luzak Director European consumer law, European contract law and Consumer behaviour


Centre colleagues

NameResearch interests
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 Mihail Danov Private international law and competition law.
Dr Catherine Dupré Post-communist transition, constitutional justice, human dignity and human rights, crises of democracy, European constitutionalism
Professor Andrea Lista EU Competition law, Corporate law, and International Trade and International Commercial Arbitration
Kubo Macak General international law, international humanitarian law, and the law of cyber security
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 Julia Schmidt The European Union as an international actor, and in particular on the EU's common security and defence policy and on military crisis management operations. Regional security, the role of regional actors within the responsibility to protect, the use of force and economic sanctions.
Dr Stephen Skinner Research focuses on theoretical, historical and normative dimensions of the relationship between law and democracy
Richard Edwards Human rights law, constitutional law and reform, free speech and aspects of criminal justice
Rob Merkin  
Greta Bosch  
James Griffin  
Naomi Hawkins  
Kyriaki Noussia  
Frederic Rolland  
Severine Saintier  
Dr Catherine Caine  
Matthew Cole  
Timothy Dodsworth  
Adam McCann  
Mathilde Pavis  
Karen Walsh  

Associate members

PhD students

  • Rebecca Lawrence
  • Louisa Wayham


Regional Organisations and the Responsibility to Protect: The Case of the European Union

Julia Schmidt
British International Studies Association
2017 - 2018

Impact Assessment and contract law harmonisation

Isabelle Rueda
British Academy
2016 - 2017

LLEJC: Law and Language at the ECJ

Karen McAuliffe
European Commission (EC)
2013 - 2015

Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Catherine Dupré
Leverhulme Trust
2010 - 2011

The Enforcement of Contractual Duties in European Jurisdictions

Andrew Tettenborn
British Academy
2009 - 2010

Human Dignity and Constitutionalism in Europe

Catherine Dupré
British Academy
2009 - 2010


Lasok Lectures

On March 15th, Prof. Steve Peers (University of Essex) was invited by the Centre for European Legal Studies to give the annual Lasok 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.

Watch here.

Find out more about the Lasok Lecture series.

Other events

Past events here.

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21 November 201813:00

CELS and ELS guest seminar: Professor F. Werro (University of Fribourg and Georgetown Law School) "European Private Law - Quo Vadis?"

The Centre for European Legal Studies and the European Law Society have a pleasure to invite you to the seminar with our guest speaker: Professor Franz Werro. Full details
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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.

The European Law pathway is designed to give students the opportunity to study the constitutional issues which arise from the concept of the European Union, including law making and the relationship between the EU and Member States.

Find out more on our studying pages.

PhD study

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:

Alexandra Böhme (with Politics)
'Constitutional Theory in Britain and Germany. Conceptual Challenges by Supranationalism and Internationalization'

Kim Soyeon 
'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'

Undergraduate study


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