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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 Maria Kendrick

Dr Maria Kendrick is Lecturer in Law at The City Law School. Her research areas cover: EU Law, including integration, differentiated integration and tax; UK Public Law; and Human Rights.

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”.

Research Affiliates

  • Claude Moraes, former MEP for London, chair of the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee; EP Brexit Steering Group
  • Timothy Lyons QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Bilyana Petkova, Yale Information Society Project Affiliate.
  • Katja Swider,  UEA, Senior Research Associate ESRC Project ‘Negotiating the Future: the UK’s repositioning in Europe'; Assistant Professor, VU Amsterdam


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Upcoming Events 2020/21

Webinar: Book Talk - Meet the author: Anu Bradford on The Brussels Effect

Date: 7 October 2020, 3.15-4.45pm BST (webinar)


  • Prof. Anu Bradford, Columbia Law School, Book talk on ‘The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World’ OUP 2020


  • Prof. Christina Eckes, Amsterdam Centre for European Law & Governance, University of Amsterdam (perspective of EU external relations law)
  • Dr. Mona Pinchis-Paulsen, Stanford Law School, University of Stanford/ London School of Economics (perspective of international economic law)
  • Prof. Cedric Ryngaert, Utrecht University School of Law (perspective of public international law)


  • Prof. Elaine Fahey, City Law School

Webinar: Brexit and Citizenship

Date:13 October 2020 5.15-6.45pm BST (webinar)


  • Emma De Souza, Citizens rights campaigner for the Good Friday Agreement. Vice-Chair & NI spokesperson for Voting Rights.ie and We are Irish Too.
  • Claude Moraes, former Labour MEP for London, Chair LIBE Committee European Parliament (EP and Brexit)
  • Katja Swider, Vrij University Amsterdam (Brexit and Statelessness)
  • Francesca Strumia, University of Sheffield (Sovereignty)
  • Adrienne Yong, City Law School (Settled Status Scheme)

Past Events & Conferences 2019/20

WEBINAR: Trade with Northern Ireland under the Withdrawal Agreement: Legal and Policy Issues

Date: 16 July 2020


  • Timothy Lyons QC BL, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Dr Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast and UK in a Changing Europe
  • Dr Anna Jerzewska, UK Trade Policy Observatory
  • Dr Vincent Power, Partner at A&L Goodbody, Dublin.

WEBINAR: Foreign Subsidies in the EU Internal Market: The European Commission’s White Paper

Date: 7 July 2020

This webinar brings together eminent lawyers who will reflect on the content, context, and implications of the White Paper.

Chair: Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Professor of EU law, City, University of London


  • Sir Jonathan Faull, Brunswick Group, Former European Commission Director General
  • Isabelle Van Damme, Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
  • Frank Hoffmeister, European Commission Directorate-General for Trade
  • Carolina Dackö, Mannheimer Swartling, Gothenburg

WEBINAR: Contemporary Issues in Transatlantic Relations

Date: 1 July 2020

This interdisciplinary seminar hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair in Transatlantic Relations at City Law School and the Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL) examines topical issues in transatlantic relations across a range of subjects and issues, from trade, security and data, to defence.

WEBINAR: The EU as a Good Global Actor

Date: 19 June, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Professor Kalypso Nicolaides, Oxford University

Webinar: Book talk with former US Ambassador Anthony Gardner ‘Stars with Stripes’

Date: 29 May, 2020

Event hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair in Law & Transatlantic Relations and EUTIP Marie Curie ITN

Webinar: Symposium on Future-Mapping the directions of European Union Law

Date: 26 May, 2020


Dr. Francisco Costa-Cabral, Tilburg University, Dr. Maartje De Visser, Singapore Management University, Prof. Elaine Fahey, City, University of London (Chair), Dr. Massimo Fichera, University of Helsinki, Dr. Maria Kendrick, City, University of London, Prof. Tobias Lock, University of Maynooth, Dr. Oana Stefan, King’s College London, Dr. Maria Tzanou, Keele University, Dr. Adrienne Yong, City, University of London, Dr. Rebecca Zahn, University of Strathclyde.

WEBINAR: The Law of Facebook: Borders, Regulation and Global Social Media

Date: 15 May, 2020


Dr. Stephen Allen, Queen Mary University of London School of Law; Professor Elaine Fahey, City Law School, City, University of London; Dr. Kate Klonick, St. Johns University Law School, author of ‘Creating Global Governance for Online Speech: The Development of Facebook’s Oversight Board’, 129 YALE L. J. (forthcoming 2020); Professor Andrew Murray, London School of Economics Law Department; Dr. Jed Odermatt, City, University of London; Dr. Maria Tzanou, Keele University School of Law

Narrow Authority of the Court of Justice of the EU on the democratic backsliding in Poland and Hungary

Date: 27 February, 2020
Room: A109

Speaker: Dr Pola Cebulak, University of Amsterdam

Chair/Discussant: Dr Joelle Grogan, Middlesex University London

Citizenship, Crime and Community in the European Union

Date: 5 February, 2020

Speaker: Dr Stephen Coutts, University College Cork

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

Date: 20 November, 2019

Speaker: Dr Eleni Frantziou, Durham University

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

Date: 13 November, 2019

Speaker: Prof Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam)

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

15 October, 2019

Speaker: Professor Annette Schrauwen, Universiteit Van Amsterdam

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Public Engagement

Professor Panos Koutrakos’ research is cited in two Opinions by Advocates General of the Court of Justice of the EU, AG Tanchev in Case C‑730/18P SC v EULEx Kosovo and AG Bobek in Case C‑14/19P European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) (5 March 2020).

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 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.

Jean Monnet Chairs

A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialisation in European Union Studies for university professors. It can only be held by one professor, who must provide the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year over a period of three consecutive years. In addition, the Chair must carry out at least one additional activity per academic year.

Professor Elaine Fahey has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in Law & Transatlantic Relations. Professor Panos Koutrakos has been awarded the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law.