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Durham University

Durham European Law Institute

Durham European Law Institute


DELI Lunchtime Seminar - Professor Piet Eeckhout

On Tuesday 5 March DELI hosted a lunchtime seminar with Professor Piet Eeckhout (Dean, UCL Laws) entitled "Brexit: Legal Truths - and Secrets and Lies". Professor Eeckhout, whose work with our own Dr Eleni Frantziou was recently cited by the Advocate General in the Wightman opinion, delivered an engaging talk focusing primarily on the role of the UK Supreme Court and the CJEU in the Brexit process. We are very grateful to all those who attended this event. 

(13 Mar 2019)

DELI Mooting Competition

At the initiative of our student representatives, DELI organised a mooting competition with three rounds that took place in Epiphany term 2019. The final took place on 28th February at the law school. We were particularly impressed by the finalists, who displayed exceptional advocacy skills and accurate knowledge of the internal market. 

(11 Mar 2019)

ICCL-DELI Lecture - Judge Ian Forrester QC

On 26th February, Ian Forrester QC (Judge at the General Court of the European Union) delivered a joint ICCL-DELI lecture on Brexit and personal rights. Judge Forrester's speech can be accessed here

(11 Mar 2019)

DELI Annual Debate 2018-19

The third Annual Debate took place on 11th February at Durham Law School. Two teams consisting of three participants debated the motion: "The EU needs more competences to protect democracy, the rule of law, and human rights". We are very grateful to our student representatives who organised this event, and to all those who attended. 

(11 Mar 2019)

LLB Dissertation Workshop 2018-19

This year's dissertation workshop for undergraduate students took place yesterday at the Law School. The workshop served as a platform for students who are writing a dissertation in EU law to discuss their findings and to share ideas with other students and PhD researchers. We are very grateful to all those who attended this event, and particularly to Aileen Editha who organised this event.

(13 Dec 2018)

Annual Lecture 2018-19

This year's Annual Lecture was delivered by Professor Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge) on 21 November 2018. Professor Barnard's lecture, entitled "(E)U, a little bit of me, and Brexit", was a personal reflection on the chronology of the UK's relationship with the EU. We are very grateful to Professor Barnard and all those who attended the event.

(26 Nov 2018)

DELI Lunchtime Seminar - Professor Michael Dougan

Professor Michael Dougan (University of Liverpool) delivered the first lunchtime seminar of the year on 30 October 2018. This event was entitled "The UK's Withdrawal from the EU: What is the Deal (if there is a deal)?" and covered various aspects of the Brexit negotiations. Professor Dougan expressed concerns about Northern Ireland, the Chequers plan, and the possibility of a compromise between the UK and the EU. We would like to thank Professor Dougan and all those who attended the event.

(31 Oct 2018)

Welcome message from DELI co-directors 2018-19

On the wonderful occasion of our students returning to Durham, we would like to offer some details on our activities for 2018-19. The three of us, Pierre Schammo, Barend van Leeuwen and Andreas Georgiou, will be co-directing DELI this year. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome new students and staff and to wish you all a very productive term.

Last year was a good year for DELI. Brexit clearly did not dampen our students’ enthusiasm for EU law. We had a large cohort of students joining the institute as student representatives and a number of successful events. This year we are delighted to announce a host of exceptional speakers:

  •  Professor Michael Dougan, Liverpool University, 30 October 2018 – 1:00PM, Hogan Lovells: “The UK’s Withdrawal from the EU: What is the Deal (if there is a deal)?”
  • Professor Catherine Barnard, Cambridge University, 21 November 2018 (Annual Lecture) – 12:00PM, Chemistry CG83: “(E)U, a little bit of me, and Brexit”

  • Professor Piet Eeckhout, UCL, 5 March 2019 – 1:00PM, Hogan Lovells

  • Dr Michèle Finck, Max Planck Institute, Munich, 12 March 2019 – 1:00PM Hogan Lovells

In addition to these events, we will be organising a fourth lunchtime seminar on competition law and several ‘student-led’ activities. You are all warmly invited to attend any of our events. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or recommendations. We look forward to another successful year and we are grateful for your support.

Pierre, Barend, Andreas

(1 Oct 2018)

DELI Annual Debate 2017-18

DELI's third Annual Debate for undergraduate students was held on 26 April 2018. The two teams which participated in the debate conducted research and presented arguments on the topic of Brexit and the role of the CJEU. We would like to thank our exceptional team of student representatives who organised this event.

(18 May 2018)

DELI Lunchtime Seminar - Professor Eleanor Spaventa

The Durham European Law Institute hosted the second lunchtime seminar of the year on 8 February 2018. This seminar, entitled "The preliminary deal on Brexit citizens - not as bad as it could have been, not as good as it should be" was delivered by Professor Eleanor Spaventa (Durham Law School).

(9 Feb 2018)

DELI Lunchtime Seminar - Dr Charlotte O'Brien

Dr Charlotte O'Brien (York Law School) delivered the first lunchtime seminar of the academic year. Entitled "EU citizenship in the UK: conditions, chimera and crisis", it took place on Friday 24th November in the Anne Gailbraith Boardroom.

(1 Feb 2018)

Annual Lecture 2017-2018

This year's Annual Lecture, entitled "Britain and Europe: how we got here and where we go next", was given by Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG (King's College London, formerly European Commission) on 21 November in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre.

(24 Jan 2018)