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Durham University

Durham European Law Institute

Annual European Law Lecture

DELI hosts an annual public lecture by a prominent figure in the field of European Law.

Past Lectures


Professor Paul Craig, St John's College, University of Oxford, 'EU Membership: Formal and Substantive Dimensions'


Professor Catherine Barnard, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, '(E)U, a Little Bit of Me, and Brexit'


Sir Jonathan Faull KCMG, King's College London, formerly European Commission, 'Britain and Europe: How We Got Here and Where We Go Next'


Professor Marise Cremona, European University Institute, 'The Global Reach of EU Law: the EU as an International Legal Actor'


Judge Sacha Prechal, Court of Justice of the European Union, 'Mutual trust and the Area of Freedom Security and Justice'


Professor Sir Alan Dashwood, 'Ending a Bad Marriage With a Messy Divorce - Is This the Future of the UK's Relationship With the European Union?'


Judge Koen Lenaerts, Vice-President of the European Court of Justice, 'Upholding Union Values in Times of Societal Change: The Role of the Court of Justice of the European Union'

Video recording available here.


Professor Miguel Poiares Maduro, European University Institute, former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, 'The Euro Crisis and Europe's Identity: Building a Theory of Democracy and Justice for the EU'


Professor John Spencer, University of Cambridge, 'Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad, European Public Prosecutor?'


Professor Grainne De Búrca, Harvard University, 'The Road Not Taken: The EU as a Global Human Rights Actor'



Philippe Léger, Former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, 'The European Court of Justice: How can a Court with 27 judges, 8 Advocates General and 23 official languages work?'


Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, 'The principle of ne bis in idem in European Law'


Advocate General Juliane Kokott, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, 'EU Citizenship - citoyens sans frontières?' 2005 DELI Lecture - Advocate General Juliane Kokott (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


Professor Deirdre Curtin, University of Utrecht, 'Through the Looking Glass: The Myths of Transparency in the European Union' 2004 DELI Lecture - Professor Deirdre Curtin (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


Judge Allan Rosas, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, 'The EU as a Federative Association' 2003 DELI Lecture - Judge Allan Rosas (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


Judge Nicholas Forwood, European Court of First Instance, Luxembourg, 'Rights – Why Bother? A View from Europe' 2002 DELI Lecture - Judge Nicholas Forwood (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


David Vaughan CBE, QC, Brick Court Chambers, London, 'Rights and Remedies in EU Law: A View from the Trenches' 2001 DELI Lecture - David Vaughan CBE, QC (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


Professor Laurence Gormley, University of Groningen, 'Judicial Review in EC and EU Law: Some Architectural Malfunctions and Design Improvements?' 2000 DELI Lecture - Professor Laurence Gormley (pdf) (last modified: 11 May 2006)


Professor Claus Dieter Ehlermann, European University Institute, Florence and World Trade Organisation, Geneva, 'The Modernisation of EU Anti-Cartel Policy – A Legal and Cultural Revolution'


Judge Christopher Bellamy, European Court of First Instance, Luxembourg, 'The Role of the Court of First Instance: Perspectives for the Future'


John Temple Lang LL.D., Director in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, Brussels, 'The Duties of National Authorities under Community Constitutional Law'


Judge David Edward, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, 'Discrimination as a Legal Concept in European Community Law'


Advocate General Francis Jacobs, European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, 'Human Rights in the European Union'