European Law is one of the research
clusters of the Law School of the University of Southampton
. We offer a platform for discussion of current legal
issues; provide a focus for activities relating to
European Union, European Human Rights law and comparative
law and offer support for students of European and
comparative law, including postgraduate research students.
The EUL team at Southampton consists of Professor
Gerrit Betlem, Dr Renato Nazzini, Dr
Emily Reid and Hedvig
Schmidt. Part-time teaching staff include Andrea
Lista and Sarah McKeown.
As a team, our research and teaching covers all the
core areas of EU law. That is: examination of the evolution
of the EU as an entity and as an actor operating within
the international context (comparison with WTO but
also internal comparative work) as well as the substantive
developments of the 'internal' law (including Private
Law and Private International Law or the Conflict of
Laws). In addition and more generally, we have expertise
in comparative law. In particular, comparative antitrust
law, commercial arbitration and litigation, evidence and consumer law and comparative tort law.
We also closely cooperate with Ed
Bates, whose research focuses primarily on the work
of the European Court of Human Rights and the protection
of civil and political rights in Europe . He is currently
working on a book charting the evolution of the European
Convention on Human Rights from 1948 to 1998 and which
is to be published by Oxford University Press. Dr Bates
is wiling to supervise PhD students in the protection
of human rights in Europe under the ECHR or other Council
of Europe mechanisms.