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Study of European Laws

Institute for the Study of European Laws

The Institute for the Study of European laws (ISEL) is a leading centre for research and teaching on European law and policy.

About us

nullISEL provides an expert insight into the latest EU law developments and is proud to house a team of internationally renowned researchers and doctoral researchers, including Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor Elaine Fahey , Professor Daniel Wilsher, Professor Philippa Watson and former Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC.

ISEL researchers are the authors of leading research and they actively contribute to excellent scholarship, practice, Government and professional activities by making high-level contributions as to the legal, political and economic development of the EU and the relationship of the UK with the EU.

ISEL researchers also teach across a range of programmes at The City Law School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and professional practice programmes.

Our aims:

  • To shape cutting-edge research in European law
  • To convene an engaging public events programme to debate European law and policy
  • To provide expert analysis for practitioners and policy-makers across Europe
  • To develop the next generation of researchers in European law through research led teaching and PhD supervision

Our experts specialise in:

  • Brexit
  • EU constitutional and administrative law
  • EU internal market law
  • EU trade and investment law
  • EU competition law and policy
  • EU external relations
  • EU law and global governance
  • European human rights law & citizenship
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ)
  • Migration law
  • Media and intellectual property law
  • Transport law and regulation

Our scholars are interested in interdisciplinary collaborations and welcome opportunities for co-operation with experts in the academy and in practice. Our Visiting Fellows Scheme will be re-opening in 2020, further details will be announced in due course.

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City Law School Staff

Dr Tawhida Ahmed

Dr Tawhida Ahmed is a Reader in Law and Associate Dean (Research) at The City Law School. Her research interests are in EU law and human rights, specializing in minority rights protection.

Dr Marios Costa


Dr Marios Costa is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. He is currently investigating legal accountability and the rules on standing of private parties seeking judicial review in the light of the Court's of Justice restrictive jurisprudence.

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood


Professor Sir Alan Dashwood is Professor of Law at City. He specialises in the law of the European Union, and appears regularly in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the EU. He was the founding Editor of European Law Review.

Dr Carmen Draghici

Dr Carmen Draghici is a Senior Lecturer in Law and the School's Visiting Scholars Programme Director. She specializes in International Human Rights Law and Family and Child Law. Her research focuses in particular on the development of the law of the European Convention on Human Rights. Her most important recent project was a book titled The Legitimacy of Family Rights in Strasbourg Case Law: ‘Living Instrument’ or Extinguished Sovereignty? (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017).

Professor Elaine Fahey

Professor Elaine Fahey is Professor of EU Law and Associate Dean (International) at The City Law School. Her research interests span the relationship between EU law and global governance, trade, transatlantic relations, the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the study of law beyond the State. Her publications, amongst others, include a monograph, The Global Reach of EU Law (Routledge, 2016). She is co-investigator in the Marie Curie ITN on EU and Transatlantic Investment and Trade ('EUTIP') (2017-2021) and was awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme Research Grant for the project Between Internal Laws and Global Practices: UN Instruments in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. She is an academic co-editor of the Routledge UACES book series, Associate Editor of European Papers and on the Editorial Board of CUP’s European Journal of Risk Regulation.

Nick Hatzis

Nick Hatzis is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School.

Dr Andriani Kalintiri

Dr Andriani Kalintiri is a Lecturer at City Law School specialising in competition law. Her research interests lie in the formulation of substantive and procedural rules in competition enforcement and her work to date has examined questions of evidence and judicial review in the application of the EU competition provisions. She is a member of the editorial team of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, as well as the book reviews editor of the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review.

Professor Panos Koutrakos

Professor Panos Koutrakos is Professor of European Law at The City Law School. In addition to EU external relations, Panos writes on the law of the single market, with emphasis on the free movement of goods and services. He is the joint editor of the European Law Review.

Joanne Moss


Joanne Moss is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Her research interests include mega-cities,EU select regulation, agriculture, fisheries and marine protection.

Dr Jed Odermatt

Dr Jed Odermatt is a Lecturer at the City Law School, whose research interests include public international law, the law of international organizations, and EU external relations law. He has particular expertise in the interaction between the EU and international legal orders. His current research focuses on the law and practice of international courts, in particular the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Dr Ryan Stones

Ryan Stones is a Lecturer at the City Law School. Ryan's research interests lie at the intersection between competition law and legal theory. He is the module leader for the LLB Competition Law elective, and also teaches Public Law on the GDL programme.

Dr Steven Truxal


Dr Steven Truxal is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. His specialist research focuses on the issues surrounding competition and environmental regulation of air transport. Steven is particularly interested in how 'regulation' and multilevel decision-making impacts on and implicates airlines, air cargo carriers and firms in industries complementary to air transport.

Professor Philippa Watson

Professor Philippa Watson is Professor in Law at The City Law School. Her research interests lie in the sphere of EU social & employment law and competition law. She has recently published (with Evelyn Ellis) EU Antidiscrimination Law (OUP, November 2012). The second edition of her monograph EU Social and Employment law (OUP) will be published in March 2014. She is Secretary to the UK Association for European Lawy (UKAEL)

Professor Daniel Wilsher

Professor Daniel Wilsher is Professor in Law at The City Law School. He researches in the fields of public, competition, energy, EU and immigration law. His book Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was the first study of this important issue. He is currently engaged in a project looking at the interaction of competition and climate policies in European Law.

Dr Adrienne Yong

Dr Adrienne Yong is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. She researches EU citizenship law and European human rights, and is interested in the human rights effects of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU. Her monograph, The Rise and Decline of Fundamental Rights in EU Citizenship was published in 2019 with Hart Publishing.

Current and former City Law School PhD Students

Dr Anna Labedzka

Dr Anna Labedzka is working on a thesis entitled 'The European Union and shaping of its neighbourhood: in pursuit of stability, security and prosperity'.

Dr Eugenio Vaccari

Dr Eugenio Vaccari is a research student researching corporate and insolvency law. The working title of his thesis is "Insolvency Statutory Rules and Contractual Freedom: Two Sides of the Same Coin". This is a comparative thesis that will delve into some common and civil law countries, including some EU Member States.

Isabella Mancini

Isabella Mancini is a research student under the Horizon 2020 project on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Innovative Training Network (TTIP-ITN). The working title of her thesis is “On Global Law: the Democratisation of Global Governance”.


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Upcoming Events 2019/20

Details to be confirmed when available

The Horizontal Effect of Fundamental Rights in the European Union: A Constitutional Analysis

Date: 20 November, 2019
Room: AG07b

Speaker: Dr Eleni Frantziou, Durham University

This presentation will discuss the speaker's recent monograph on the horizontal effect of fundamental rights in the European Union (OUP 2019). The book argues that the horizontal effect of fundamental rights (i.e. their application to disputes between private parties) cannot be usefully analysed based on the existing EU horizontality doctrine but, rather, requires a deeper engagement with the roots of horizontality in constitutional and human rights theory. Understanding horizontality through this lens justifies a principled use of horizontal effect in disputes associated with private platforms of will formation within the EU (e.g. the workplace), where horizontality has an equalising impact on the application of fundamental rights. At the same time, this approach highlights that the focus on specific manifestations of horizontal effect at the EU level is constitutionally misplaced and calls for horizontality to be understood as an overarching principle of EU constitutional adjudication, rather than remaining entwined with the direct effect formula.

EU Powers Under External Pressure - How the EU's External Actions Alter its Internal Structures

Date: 13 November, 2019
Room: DLG09

Speaker: Prof Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam)

EU external actions have deep constitutional and institutional implications for EU law and practices. The EU's competences in external relations have continuously increased, including with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. As a result, the EU has become ever more active in external relations. This has in turn increased the internal constitutional and institutional effects of EU external actions.

This presentation discusses the recently published monograph on the same topic, tracing these legal effects and the broader constitutional implications, including potential integrative forces. EU external actions affect the power division between the EU and its Member States and between the different EU institutions; the unity and autonomy of the EU legal order; the role and position of Member States on the international plane; their autonomy; the relationship between national, international and EU law; and the ability of EU citizens to identify who is responsible for a particular action or policy, as well as their legitimate expectation that the EU takes action on their behalf.

The Best Interests of the Child in the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice

Date: 15 October, 2019
Room: A107

Speaker: Professor Annette Schrauwen, Universiteit Van Amsterdam

Within the EU increasing attention is given to rights of children. The European Court of Justice has held that the principle of the primacy of the best interests of the child is the prism through which the provisions of EU law must be read. The principle is enshrined in Article 24 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Charter) and in Article 3 of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC binds each of the Member States and is one of the international human rights instruments of which the Court takes account in applying the general principles of EU law.

The principle of the best interests of the child figures in EU legislation and case law on a range of topics such as age indications on products for children, residence rights, education, custodial rights and child benefits. This presentation focuses on the best interests of the child in the AFSJ, and draws on a recently written chapter entitled “The fundamental status of minor Union citizens and the best interests of the child”.  The presentation takes the findings of that chapter a step further and compares the application of the principle under EU citizenship law, EU immigration law and EU measures on civil matters.

Past Events & Conferences 2018/19

Brexit’s Effect on Citizens, Human Rights & Immigration

11 June, 2019

The European Parliament (EP), Elections and Brexit: an Evening with Claude Moraes, Chairperson of the EP LIBE Committee

23 April, 2019

Speaker: Claude Moraes, Labour MEP for London

Britain Outside The EU: The State of Play

2 April, 2019 - Northampton Suite

Sanctions: Where Next?

13 March, 2019

Guest Speaker: Maya Lester QC (Brick Court Chambers)

Book launch: Judicial Independence – Memoirs of a European Judge by Carl Baudenbacher

5 March, 2019

Speakers: Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, Tim Ward QC (Monckton Chambers),  Carl Baudenbacher (former President of EFTA Court; Monckton Chambers)

What does Brexit tell us about the evolution of EU citizenship?

13 February, 2019

Speaker: Dr Stephanie Reynolds, University of Liverpool

EFTA and the EEA for Brexit: ideal solution, “lifeboat" or neither?

22 January, 2019

Speaker: Dr Georges Baur, Research Fellow with the Liechtenstein-Institute, formerly Assistant Secretary-General of EFTA

Excluding Designs (and Shape Marks) - Where is the CJEU going?

27 November, 2018

Guest Speaker: Professor Uma Suthersanen, Queen Mary University of London

EU Foreign Policy, Brexit and Transatlantic Relations

21 November, 2018

Speaker: Dr Joris Larik, Leiden University

Modelling convergence of the EU with the world: taking, receiving and becoming EU law

2 November, 2018

Justice, Injustice and Brexit

19 October, 2018

Rationales for Regulation of ‘Posted Work’: Options for a Post-Brexit Model

17 October, 2018

Speaker: Professor Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol

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Public Engagement

Dr Adrienne Yong is cited in the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee’s report on the EU Settlement Scheme (30 May 2019).

Professor Elaine Fahey was invited as an expert witness to give oral evidence to the International Trade Committee for their inquiry on EU trade policy (22 May 2019).

Professor Elaine Fahey speaks on BBC 5 Live Breakfast (21 March 2019) from 1:09:44 on issues regarding the upcoming May 2019 European Elections and how Brexit should not prejudice them.

Dr Adrienne Yong was invited as a witness to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee for their inquiry on the EU Settlement Scheme (13 February 2019).

Professor Elaine Fahey speaks on BBC 5 Live Breakfast (11 February 2019) from 1:38:45 on legal issues related to Brexit including Article 50 TEU, its origins, procedures & history.

Professor Elaine Fahey submitted evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Committee's UK Trade Policy Transparency and Scrutiny inquiry, and was later cited in the UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny report (28 December 2018).

Professor Elaine Fahey was invited as a witness to give evidence to the Constitution Committee for their enquiry on the Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties (21 November 2018).

Professor Elaine Fahey commenting on BBC Business News about the draft Brexit agreement reached by the UK with the EU (14 November 2018).

Dr Adrienne Yong speaks on France24 (18 October 2018) about the status of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU and their human rights post-Brexit.

Source: France 24

Professor Elaine Fahey speaks on BBC World TV (14 September 2018) on Business Briefing about transatlantic relations, global trade, Trump tariff wars, the WTO & the G20 Argentina.

Professor Panos Koutrakos gave evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee looking into the reduction of UK F-gas emissions including the impact Brexit will have on the UK's international agreements in connection with these emissions.

Dr Elaine Fahey on BBC Radio Five Live on December 8th 2017 discussing the recent Brexit agreement breakthrough and the guarantee of no hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland:

Funded research projects

British Academy (BA)/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Between Internal Laws and Global Practices: UN Instruments in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Dr Elaine Fahey was a 2016 recipient of a British Academy/Leverhulme research grant. The funding enabled her to carry out the research project titled, “Between Internal Laws and Global Practices: UN Instruments in the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, over 12 months, beginning in November 2016. Dr Fahey’s research assesses how the EU promotes and obtains its norms in its Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) and its specific place in the global legal order. The project sought to generate transparency in understanding EU rule-making practices and develop an appreciation of the relationship between EU law and global governance. Find out more about the workshop hosted under the guises of this grant.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

ESRC and AHRC UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSH) Connections Scheme

Professor Elaine Fahey, Dr Luke McDonagh, Dr Enrico Bonadio, Professor David Collins and Anthony Rogers have been awarded funding for their project titled “TRILATTRADE: UK-EU-Japan Trade Relations: Modelling Trade, Regulation and IP.” The ESRC-funded TRILATTRADE research project seeks to model the legal framework of the trilateral UK-EU-Japan Trade, Regulation and IP relationship. Trade, regulation and IP constitute three core pillars of international, national and regional economic law and policy frameworks. This is relevant to the functional operation of trade and its innovation.

This project will address these core pillars with three interlocking thematic strands:

  • UK-Japan Trade;
  • UK-EU-Japan Regulatory Cooperation and Data Flows; and
  • UK-EU-Japan Intellectual Property.

Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

The Brexit effect on individual human rights under Article 8 ECHR

Dr Adrienne Yong was awarded funding in 2017/18 and 2018/19 under HEIF, intended to fund projects that encourage research impact. This culminated in an event that sought to analyse the state-of-play of immigration in Brexit Britain, faced by the challenges that governance brings of almost 4 million individuals who have previously not needed governing. It gathered views from policy and legal practice to explain the current state of immigration in the UK post-referendum, views from the ground of experiences of applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme through organisations representing citizens applying for settled status and evaluated the academic viewpoint of the Brexit effect on citizens’ rights. Find out more about the event.


EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP) Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Professor Elaine Fahey and Isabella Mancini represent City as a partner institution and beneficiary of the Horizon2020 funded EUTIP ITN. Its aim is to foster interdisciplinary research into the evolving international trade policy of the EU with a view to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on EU law and policy of the regulation of international trade through free trade agreements (FTAs) with third countries, thus helping Europe to safeguard the benefits of international trade (wealth, jobs, etc.) while addressing  the challenges of its regulation (competence, democracy, accountability, environmental- and labour, standards, etc.)

INBOTS CSA consortium

Dr Luke McDonagh and Dr Enrico Bonadio are the lead intellectual property law investigators within the EU-funded, Horizon2020 INBOTS (Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society) Consortium. The INBOTS CSA consortium, centred at the Cajal Institute in Spain, brings together 25 partners from 12 different countries on the basis of multidisciplinary expertise and trans-nationality. City, University of London is one of these partners, and is one of only two partners, the other being the University of Leeds, based in the UK. INBOTS aims to create a community hub bringing together experts to debate and develop a responsible research and innovation paradigm for interactive robotics – or robots that “interact in close proximity with humans”, such as those used in the fields of smart prosthetics, exoskeletons and robot workers.