Professor Laurent Pech
Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law and Head of the Law Department at Middlesex University London. Laurent is also external examiner for the Law Society of Ireland and a Visiting Professor of Law at Bordeaux University and Aix-Marseille University.
Prior to his appointment at Middlesex University, Laurent worked at the National University of Ireland Galway where he held the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Public Law. During the course of his academic career, Laurent worked in Canada (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Canada Research Chair on Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy) and in the United States (Emile Noel Fellow at NYU Law). He also worked as a legal consultant or trainer in countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia or Montenegro, either on behalf of the Council of Europe or in the context of EU-funded assistance programmes. In 2012, he spent three months in Advocate General Jääskinen’s Chambers at the Court of Justice of the EU and is currently working with the Academy of European Law in the context of EU-funded training seminars on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Prof. Pech specialises in EU Public Law and has lectured in a variety of subjects including EU Constitutional Law, EU Internal Market Law, EU Competition Law, EU Fundamental Rights Law and Law & Regulation. He is the author of two books and more than sixty scholarly publications, on such subjects as the EU’s institutional architecture, the rule of law in Europe’s legal space and the scope of application of European human rights standards.
His most recent papers are generally available on the website of the Social Science Research Network and/or on www.academia.edu. His scholarship has been cited by national and European courts (most recently, he was cited by Advocate General Cruz Villalòn in Case C-617/10 Akerberg Fransson ).
In 2011, Laurent was awarded a European scholarship prize for outstanding research on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. The same year, the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland also awarded him a certificate in recognition of excellence in lecturing.
Amongst his most recent publications are:
“Promoting The Rule of Law Abroad: On the EU’s limited contribution to the shaping of an international understanding of the rule of law” in F. Amtenbrink and D. Kochenov (eds), The EU’s Shaping of the International Legal Order (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
"The Reach of EU Fundamental Rights on Member State Action after Lisbon" in The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU after Lisbon (co-written with Prof. Groussot and Prof. Petursson, Hart, 2013)
"Between judicial minimalism and avoidance: the Court of Justice's sidestepping of fundamental constitutional issues in Römer and Dominguez" (2012) 50 Common Market Law Review 1841
The Rule of Law as a Guiding Principle of EU’s External Action, CLEER Working Papers 2012/3, 57p
"The Institutional Development of the EU: A Case of Plus Ca Change…?" in The EU After the Treaty of Lisbon (CUP, 2012)
French; Italian (basic); Croatian (basic)
European Union Law at UG and PG levels
Supervision of doctoral students
European Union Public Law
European Union Human Rights Law
Rule of Law (doctrinal & practical issues)