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.
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 and EU Fundamental Rights Law.

Prior to his appointment at Middlesex University, Laurent was Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. During the course of his academic career, Laurent also 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 has furthermore worked as a legal consultant or trainer in many post-conflict or EU candidate 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 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 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

His scholarship has been cited by national and European courts as well as EU bodies (most recently, he was cited by Advocate General Cruz Villalòn in Case C-617/10 Fransson; see also EU Fundamental Rights Agency 2012 Annual Report). 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:

‘Article 47’ (with several co-authors) in S. Peers et al (eds), THE EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. A COMMENTARY (Hart, 2014)

‘Secret de la défense nationale’ [access to and publication of classified information in French and European Law], in LEXISNEXIS JURIS-CLASSEUR COMMUNICATION, Study no. 3421, 2014

‘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 de Vries, Bernitz and Weatherhill (eds), 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 Countouris et al (eds), THE EU AFTER THE TREATY OF LISBON (CUP, 2012)

Languages spoken

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)