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Jean Monnet Chair in European Law

About us

Panos KoutrakosThe City Law School is an international centre for the study of the law of the European Union. Our expertise is wide and covers teaching and research of different areas of European law, including EU constitutional law, EU international relations, internal market law, human rights, competition, and European immigration law.

As an international centre of excellence in European law, we are proud to house a team of internationally renowned scholars within the area of EU law, including

Professor Panos Koutrakos who was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Law by the European Commission in 2014.
The City Law School:

  • Participates actively in shaping cutting-edge research in EU law (for instance, Panos Koutrakos is the joint editor of European Law Review and Alan Dashwood is President of the UK Association for European Law)
  • Work closely with other scholars beyond City Law School whose research has a European dimension
  • Offer PhD supervision in a variety of fields in EU law
  • Host conferences, workshops, and seminars regularly with high profile scholars, practitioners and policy-makers across Europe

Members and students

Current members:

Dr Marios Costa

Dr Marios Costa is a Lecturer at The City Law School, specialising in Constitutional, Administrative and European Union Law

Read Dr Marios Costa's full profile

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood is Professor of Law at The City Law School, having previously served as Director in the Legal Service of the Council of the EU

Dr Elaine Fahey

Dr Elaine Fahey is a Senior Lecturer at The City Law School

Dr Elaine Fahey's full profile

Nicholas Hatzis

Nicholas Hatzis is a Senior Lecturer at The City Law School and Deputy Course Director of the LLM in International Commercial Law

Read Nicholas Hatzis' full profile

Professor Panos Koutrakos

Professor Panos Koutrakos is Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Professor of European Law

Read Professor Koutrakos' full profile

Dr Daniel Wilsher

Dr Daniel Wilsher is a Senior Lecturer at The City Law School as well as a part-time Immigration Judge

Read Dr Daniel Wilsher's full profile

Research students currently supervised in EU law include:

Mrs Anna Labedzka

Title of thesis: The European Union, and shaping of the neighbourhood. Supervisor: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood; second supervisor: Professor Panos Koutrakos

Read Anna Labedzka's full profile

Events and visitors

Past events

  • Refugee Rights in Europe: current weaknesses, possible ways forward 19 May 2017 This workshop is interdisciplinary (bringing together academic lawyers, political studies specialists, media experts, NGOs), intra-disciplinary (the speakers include international, EU, and human rights lawyers), and practice-oriented (presentations will focus, amongst others, on experience on the ground). Presentations will be short and focused on specific arguments and perspectives.
  • The View from the EU Bench: A conversation with Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice) 21 February 2017 - Judge Bay Larsen will held a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2006, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School.
  • Jean Monnet Doctoral Workshop: Interactions Between European Union and International Law 23-24 June 2016 City London is proud to host the second Jean Monnet Doctoral Workshop on 23 - 24 June 2016. It follows the successful organisation of the first Jean Monnet Doctoral Workshop by the University of Geneva in September 2015.
  • The View from the EU Bench: Judge Allan Rosas (European Court of Justice) 10 February 2016
    Judge Rosas held a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2002, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School.. Chaired by Professor Sir Alan Dashwood, The City Law School, City University London
  • The referendum on EU membership: pivotal issues 16 June 2016 - The debate covered issues like The UK-EU relationship post Brexit, Trade with the rest of the world, Sovereignty, Immigration, Issues for the UK regarding Scotland and Ireland, Peace and Security. Speakers included: Rt Hon Lord Hannay GCMG CH, Sir lan Dashwood, Sir William Cash MP, Chaired by: Panos Koutrakos, Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law.
  • Legal Implications of the Referendum on EU membership symposium. 2 December 2015. Monckton Chambers and The City Law School are pleased to announce a symposium on the legal implications of Britain withdrawing from the EU. This conference is organised under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at The City Law School.
  • Whither, whose and why TTIP?. 12 September 2015. This inter-disciplinary research seminar with participants from European Union law, European Private Law, EU External Relations, public international law and International Economic law takes a broad look at the state Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations across a range of subjects.
    Welcome: Professor Panos Koutrakos (Jean Monnet Chair of EU law, The City Law School)
    Speaker: Professor Harm Schepel (University of Kent)
    Discussant: Dr Andrew Lang (LSE)
    Other Panellists: Professor David Collins, Professor Sir Alan Dashwood (The City Law School)
    Moderator: Dr Elaine Fahey (The City Law School)
  • UK Exit from the EU and Constitutional Implications, 19 February 2015. Speakers at the event: Sir David Edward QC (Former Judge at the European Court of Justice), Lord John Kerr (Former UK Permanent Representative to EU and Head of the Diplomatic Service) and Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (University of Oxford). The event was chaired by Sir Konrad Schiemann QC (Former Judge at the European Court of Justice).
  • Benefits and EU Law - the law behind the story. The event on 26 January 2015 took form of a round table discussion. The notable panel consisted of: Professor Damian Chalmers (LSE), Jacqueline Minor (Head of EU Commission Representation in UK), Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne (University of Edinburgh), Professor Philippa Watson (City Law School and Essex Court Chambers). The roundtable discussion was chaired by Professor Panos Koutrakos (Professor of EU Law at the City Law School and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law)
  • The migration crisis in the Mediterranean: legal and policy issues arising from the EU response. 29th July 2015. The EU has been considering taking extraordinary measures to deal with migrants, and their smugglers, travelling by boat to Europe. Some of the ideas being suggested would involve the EU itself assuming a more direct enforcement role than ever seen before. This seminar will consider the legal issues that are raised by some of the proposed policies in terms of their compliance with EU law, human rights law and international law on the use of force.
  • The paradox of multilateralism and the WTO - the role of the EU in the WTO . The event on 2 December 2014 was the first 'Law Meets Practice' Lecture organised under the aegis of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law. The event, chaired by Panos Koutrakos (Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law), hosted the speaker Mr Angelos Pangratis, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the EU to the World Trade Organisation.
  • Scotland's Independence and EU Membership. 19th March 2014, In a recent interview on the Andrew Marr Show, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said it would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the European Union. City University London hosted a special panel of leading legal experts to debate Scotland's independence and its implications for EU membership.
  • Workshop on 'Exceptions from EU movement law: Derogation, Justification, and Proportionality'.The event on 20-21 February was hosted by Professor Panos Koutrakos and organised jointly with Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol).
    An array of distinguished figures in the area of EU law was brought together, including leading academics, the former and present judges of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Sir David Edward QC and Allan Rosas), legal practitioners and government legal advisers.The workshop was closed and the discussion took place under Chatham House rules. It was very successful and will lead to the publication of an edited collection essays by Hart Publishing (forthcoming in 2015).


The City Law School of Law invites a number of high profile speakers from academia, practice, and European and international institutions. In addition to giving a lecture or taking a seminar, they talk to students and staff, thereby providing an excellent opportunity for discussion.

Forthcoming visitors include:

Ambassador Angelos Pangratis

Mr Angelos Pangratis is, since January 2011, the Ambassador and Head of the Permanent Mission of the European Union to the WTO. From January to May 2011 he also headed, as Charge d' affaires a.i., the Delegation of the EU to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva.

Angelos Pangratis was Chargé d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to the US and designated Permanent Observer to the Organisation of American States from October 2009 to July 2010. He was the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union (previously, to Dec. 2009, of the European Commission) to the United States, in Washington, D.C. from August 2005 to October 2009 and from July 2010 to December 2010.

Previously he was the Ambassador and Head of the European Commission's Delegation to Argentina (February 2003 to August 2005). He served as deputy chief of mission at the Delegations of the European Commission in South Africa (1995-1997) and in South Korea (1990-1994).Highlights of Mr. Pangratis' career at the EU's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, include Head of Unit responsible for relations with China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea and Mongolia (1998-2003); Head of Unit for Personnel and Budget of the Directorate General for External Relations and Trade Policy (1997-1998); Head of Investigation Teams of the Anti-Dumping and Anti-Circumvention Division (1987-1990).

For several years (1981-90) Mr. Pangratis represented the European Commission in numerous negotiations and working groups at multilateral organizations such as the WTO, OECD, Club de Paris, UNCTAD, and others.

Mr. Pangratis has lectured in Argentina, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Korea, South Africa, the United Kingdom and in the United States at universities, think tanks and other fora, on international economic and trade issues, as well as on issues related to Foreign and Security Policy. He was a regular lecturer at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has had interviews and articles on EU matters published in many countries.

Judge Alan Rosas

Allan Rosas is a Judge at the European Court of Justice (since 2002). From 1995 he has been Principal Legal Adviser at the Legal Service of the European Commission, in charge of external relations; and from March 2001, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission Legal Service.

He has been a prolific author of academic articles and the co-author of EU Constitutional Law - An Introduction (2nd edition, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012).

Professor Gareth Davies

Professor Gareth Davies is Professor of EU Law at Free University Amsterdam and a prolific author in EU constitutional and internal market law. He visited the City Law School in March 2016 and talked to our GDL students on EU citizenship and the arrangement between the UK and the EU prior to the referendum of 23 June 2016.

Find out more about Professor Davies.

Professor Vassilis Hatrzopoulos

Professor Vassilis Hatzopoulos is Professor of EU law at Thrace University, Greece and Visiting Professor at College of Europe, Bruges. He is a prolific author on EU internal market law, with an expertise in trade in services. He visited the City Law School in March 2015 and talked to our students and free movement of services.

Find out more about Professor Hatrzopoulos.

Study of EU Law

The City Law School offers a comprehensive range of modules associated to EU law, on different levels of study. The modules are examined in their wider political and legal context, with reference to current affairs and feature visits from decision-makers and influential figures who have shaped the development of EU law.

Below are some examples of the modules and Specialist LLMs offered:


EU Law (offered on 2nd year of LLB)

The module examines the constitutional and institutional aspects of the European Union. It considers

  • the recent history and development of European integration
  • the nature and objectives of the EU and the EC
  • the institutions, instruments and decision making processes of the EU
  • the relationship between EU law and national laws
  • the role and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and its relationship with national courts
  • the protection of human rights in EU law

It also examines the legal foundations of the Single European Market; in doing so, it builds on the second-year Law and Policy of the EU. It examines how EU constitutional principles are applied in practice areas of topical significance.

The module focuses on the law governing free movement of goods, persons, and services and examines the various ways in which EU law affects everyday life of citizens and traders. These areas touch upon questions of relevance to everyday life, such as:

  • what rights does EU law confer on students?
  • may one bring an unlimited amount of tobacco into the UK from another Member State?
  • why do UK pubs close so early, whereas bars in Spain are open all night?
  • are national governments free to prohibit Sunday trading?
  • may a supermarket sell a pair of Levis at too low a price?
  • is a national restriction on advertising alcohol legal?


We offer two specialised masters in LLM in EU Law and LLM in EU Commercial Law.

In addition, the following elective modules at postgraduate level can be selected by students undertaking any LLM:

  • European Litigation
  • European Business Regulation I
  • European Business Regulation II
  • European Integration: Law, Politics and Institutions
  • European Intellectual Property
  • European Union Banking Law
  • European Union Tax Law
  • Substantive EU Competition Law

See a comprehensive list of all LLM modules


We provide:

  • research supervision by scholars engaging in cutting-edge research
  • in a wide range of areas of EU law
  • in a dynamic centre of EU law research
  • with the opportunity to benefit from interacting with distinguished visitors who shape the development of EU law and who are regularly invited to visit the City Law School