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Durham European Law Institute

People at the Institute


Professor Robert Schütze

Robert Schütze is Professor of European Law at Durham University. He is a constitutional scholar with a particular expertise in the law of the European Union and comparative federalism. He joined Durham Law School in 2005, where he teaches European constitutional law and European competition law. Having studied German and English law, he completed his doctoral thesis at the European University Institute, where it received the 'Europa Prize' for the best European law thesis between 2003 and 2007. He was a trainee at the Legal Service of the European CommissionGermany's Permanent Representation at the EU and in the Chambers of former Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Postgraduate Convenor

Mrs Eszter Harsanyi-Belteki

Eszter was awarded a First Class Honours LLB in Business Law from London Metropolitan University and an LLM in European Trade and Commercial Law with Distinction from Durham University. Eszter has joined Durham Law School as a PhD candidate in October 2012 and is now engaged in research in European Union and Comparative Constitutional Law under the supervision of Professor Robert Schütze and Professor Roger Masterman. Eszter was awarded a scholarship by the European Research Council in August 2013, which also involves her acting as a part-time Research Assistant for Professor Robert Schütze, is also leading seminars in EU Constitutional Law and assisting in the management of the Durham European Law Institute as its PGR Convenor.

Editor-in-Chief of the DELI Blog

Mr Oliver Bartlett

Oliver graduated from Durham in 2011 with a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Law. He subsequently stayed on at the Law School to study for an MJur, which he passed without correction in 2012. He is currently working towards a PhD on the ways in which law can be used as part of the effort to reduce the prevalence of addiction in the EU, under the supervision of Dr Pierre Schammo and Prof Robert Schütze. He holds a Durham Law School PhD Scholarship, is a Part-Time Tutor in the Law School, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the DELI Blog.

Student Representatives

LLB, 1st year representatives

Despoina Karvouni

Despoina is a first year undergraduate law student at Durham Law School, acting as one of the student representatives, News Editors and the PR Officer for the Durham European Law Institute.

In addition to DELI, Despoina is involved in competitive debating and has competed in tournaments internationally. She also participates in pro bono work and is currently a member of the Law School's Outreach Project.

Louise Oftedal

Louise Oftedal is a first year undergraduate law student at Durham University, acting as one of the student representatives, the Membership Co-ordinator and the Academic and Postgraduate Student Profiles Editor of the Durham European Law Institute. Prior to starting her degree at Durham, Louise attended Viktor Rydbergs Gymnasium in Sweden where she represented the student body as legal advisor on the board of the Student Council. She has been involved in youth projects, the Model European Parliament in Stockholm and Model United Nations in Nairobi, and finds particular interest in Human Rights issues. Most recently she finalised an Internship at Sekunjalo Investments in Cape Town where she had the privilege of attending the World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council Meeting 2014 as a rapporteur. ​

Nadine Tollefsen

Nadine is a first year undergraduate Law student at Durham University, acting as one of the first year student representatives and News Editors for Durham European Law Institute and the Deputy Editor of the DELI Blog. She looks forward to contributing to the blog and attending DELI events.

Nadine is also the course representative for first year law students and is a member of Lawyers Without Borders.

LLB, 2nd year representatives

Rachel Davies

Rachel is a second year undergraduate Law student at Durham University, acting as one of the student representatives and News Editors of the Durham European Law Institute. She contributes to the blog and is often found taking pictures at the events on behalf of DELI. 

Rachel spent a period of her summer working for a law firm in Italy and is currently learning Russian alongside her studies.

Kata Szeidovitz

Kata Szeidovitz is a second year undergraduate law student at Durham University, acting as one of the student representatives, News Editors and the Agenda and Minute Setter of the Durham European Law Institute.

She graduated from the American International School of Budapest in 2013 as the recipient of the Valedictorian and European Council of International Schools award. In addition to her work for DELI, she is the Secretary for Lawyers Without Borders (Durham Student Division) and a member of the Mooting Society. She enjoys learning about EU law and the links between public and private law.

LLB, 3rd year representatives

Ipek Akay

Ipek Akay is a third-year law student at Durham University. She acts as one of the third year student representatives of DELI, is in charge of organising the LLB Dissertation Workshops with Liubov Frolova, is responsible for the management of the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the Institute and she also contributes to the DELI Blog.

In addition to DELI, she also participates in pro bono work. As the Research Head of the Lawyers Without Borders, she has supervised a research into the human rights in Ancient Persia. She is currently writing a dissertation on EU citizenship. 

Liubov Frolova

Liubov Frolova is a third year Law (LLB) student at Durham University and one of the third year student representatives of DELI this year and is in charge of organising the LLB Dissertation Workshops with Ipek Akay.

Prior to starting her degree at Durham, Liubov attended UNESCO Associated School Gymnasium 11 in Russia, from which she graduated with a gold medal for the highest academic achievement. Liubov takes a keen interest in the issues of European law and policy, especially those concerning EU citizenship and free movement. Last year she participated in Model European Union, a large-scale youth project sponsored by the European Parliament Information Office, and taking place annually in the seat of EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


LLM representatives

Yiting Chen

Yiting is a postgraduate law student at Durham University and one of the LLM (International Trade and Commercial Law) student representatives of DELI this year. She completed her undergraduate studies in China and also studied in the University of Manchester as an exchange student in 2012. In the final year she practiced in court for 3 months. After graduation, Yiting worked for a law firm as a legal assistant for a year. She enjoys learning about International Banking Law and Tax Law.

Matthew Maddison

Matthew graduated from City University London in 2014 with 2:1 in LLB (Hons) Law. Whilst at City University, Matthew studied abroad at University of Queensland, Australia, and was involved with the ‘Crime, Justice and Society’ research group.

He now studies LLM Master of Laws (General) at Durham University and acts as one of the student representatives of DELI.

Mathilde Lair de Gourmont

Mathilde graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a 2.1 (hons) dual qualification degree in French Law and English Law. As part of her four year degree, she spent a year at the University of Rennes 1 where she graduated with an LLM in European Law.

Currently studying an LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law, she plans on focusing her master thesis on the Transatlantic trade and Investment Partnership. She acts as one of the LLM student representatives of DELI and also manages the LinkedIn account of the Institute.