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EU Law

The EU legal order frames the most advanced system of regulation beyond the state that operates in the world today. Built on a strong research-teaching nexus, the EU law research area at Edinburgh Law School investigates and offers courses over a wide spectrum of topics at the forefront of what is currently happening in the field.

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European Union law has always been central to Edinburgh Law School’s international reputation. The Europa Institute was founded as the Centre of European Governmental Studies in 1968. It is now a multi-disciplinary research centre within the University of Edinburgh devoted to the study of the governance, institutions, law, and policies of the European Union, and of Europe more broadly.

Members of the EU law research area have expertise in areas such as EU constitutional law, free movement law, citizenship, competition law, EU criminal law, EU fundamental rights, and immigration law. The world-leading research carried out at Edinburgh Law School is reflected in scholarly publications, externally funded research projects, and a commitment to engaging with local, national, and international institutions.

This goes hand in hand with a cutting-edge curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, expressed through innovative methods of teaching and assessment: a variety of theoretical approaches and the involvement of practitioners in our teaching are combined with forms of evaluation that include oral presentation and the drafting of legal opinions.

Arianna Andreangeli, Senior Lecturer

Rachael Craufurd-Smith, Reader in EU Law

Andrew Farrer, Teaching Fellow in EU Law

Timothy Jacob-Owens, GlobalCIT Research Assistant

Robert Lane, Senior Lecturer in EU Law

Leandro Mancano, Senior Lecturer in European Union Law

Juan Pablo Ramaciotti, Research Assistant

Drew Scott, Professor of European Union Studies

Niamh Nic Shuibhne, Professor of European Union Law

Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions

Raphaële Xenidis, Lecturer in EU Law

Journal articles

Did Brexit change EU law?
Nic Shuibhne, Niamh. In: Current Legal Problems, Vol. 74, No. 1, cuab006, 25.09.2021. View article

The use of the charter and pre-trial detention in EU Law: Constraints and possibilities for better protection of the Right to Liberty
Mancano, L. European Papers. 2021. View article

The constitutionalisation of cities and the future of global society
Shaw, Jo; Štiks, Igor. In: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 26.08.2021. View article

You’ll never work alone: A systemic assessment of the European Arrest Warrant and Judicial Independence
Mancano, L., Common Market Law Review. 2021.  View article

Devolution of competition policy under the Scotland Act 2016 after Brexit straining at the edges of the current settlement.
Andreangeli, A. In: Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, 
05.05.2020. View article

Book chapters

The right to liberty and security in EU criminal law
Mancano, Leandro. Fundamental Rights in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. ed. / Sara Iglesias Sanchez; Maribel Gonzales Pascual. Cambridge University Press, 2021. p. 272-288. View chapter

Public service media and European Union law : A new human rights framework?
Craufurd-Smith, Rachael. Research Handbook on EU Media Law and Policy. ed. / Pier Luigi Parcu; Elda Brogi. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021. p. 75-93 (Research Handbooks in European Law). View chapter

European futures, past and present
Damro, C, Heins, E & Scott, D. In C Damro, E Heins & D Scott (eds), European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050. 1 edn, Routledge Advances in European Politics, Routledge. 2021. View chapter

EU citizenship as a means of broadening the application of EU fundamental rights : Developments and limits. 
Kalaitzaki, Katerina. European Citizenship Under Stress: Social Justice, Brexit and Other Challenges. ed.
Dimitry Kochenov; Nathan Cambien ; Elise Muir . Brill, 2020 View chapter

EU non-discrimination law in the era of artificial intelligence : Mapping the challenges of algorithmic discrimination.
Xenidis, Raphaele; Senden, Linda. General Principles of EU Law and the EU Digital Order. ed.
Ulf Bernitz; Xavier Groussot; Jaan Paju; Sybe A de Vries. Wolters Kluwer, 2020. (European Monographs; Vol. 112). View chapter


The People in Question: Citizens and Constitutions in Uncertain Times.
Shaw, J. (2020) Bristol University Press View book


Europa Institute
The Europa Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre withing the University of Edinburgh devoted to the study of the governance, institutions, law, and policies of the European Union, and of Europe more broadly.
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Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society
The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS) aims to support data-led research across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. As new technologies enable us to develop novel methods, scale up our questions, and tackle interdisciplinary challenges, research is moving in exciting directions. CDCS helps its community stay at the forefront of developments in data-driven research, and highlights the vital contributions its researchers have to make to contemporary cultural debates and social issues.
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