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Durham University

Durham European Law Institute

Staff Members

DELI brings together academic members of the Law School who carry out their research and/or teaching in the broad field of European Law as follows:

Dr Mike Adcock

Dr Mike Adcock is a Lecturer at the Department of Law, Durham University. He obtained a PhD in plant sciences from the University of Sheffield in 1992 and worked for many years in science on a variety of projects. 
In 1999 he moved to the School of Law, University of Sheffield, to work on an EU funded project entitled Plant Intellectual Property (PIP). The main aim of the PIP project was to look at the attitudes towards and use of, intellectual property rights by the European plant breeding community.

Research Interests: Intellectual property rights (IPRs) and biotechnology; IPRs and access to medicines; Protection of plant genetic resources; IPRs and bioethics

Dr Orkun Akseli

Dr Orkun Akseli is Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at Durham Law School. He joined the Law School in 2011, having previously taught at the University of Manchester as part time seminarist and at the Robert Gordon and Newcastle Universities as lecturer. Dr. Akseli studied for his LLB at Dokuz Eylul University Law Faculty, Izmir, Turkey. He obtained his LLM from the University of Georgia, USA; MA from Istanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty and PhD from the University of Manchester Law School. Before embarking on academic life he practiced insurance defence and commercial litigation in Izmir. He is a member of Turkish Bar.

Research Interests: Secured Transactions; Corporate and Commercial Law; Sale of Goods; Arbitration and ADR

Professor Deryck Beyleveld

Professor Deryck Beyleveld, BSc.Hons (Rand), MA (Cantab),.PhD, FSB, Professor of Law and Bioethics. His numerous publications span Criminology, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Moral and Legal Philosophy, and many areas of law. He has a special interest in the regulation and ethics of Biotechnology and Medical Science, and founded the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics (SIBLE) in 1994, which he directed until his appointment at Durham University in 2006.

Research Interests: Moral Philosophy (Pure and Applied) (especially, Gewirth and Kant); Legal Philosophy; Regulation of Medical Research; Privacy and Data Protection in Medical Law; Morality in Patent Law; The Regulation and Ethics of Biotechnology; Precautionary reasoning in legal thinking

Professor Michael Bohlander

From 1991 until joining the Law School in 2004, Professor Michael Bohlander had been a civil and criminal trial and appellate judge in the courts of the East German Free State of Thuringia, in the transitional stage after German unification. He sat on proceedings dealing with regime crime in the former GDR, includig cases involving the use of minefields at the former inner-German border, the cassation of politically motivated judgments of former GDR courts and the rehabilitation of persons who had been convicted for political reasons; his general criminal docket covered serious crime such as, for example, murder, rape, child sexual abuse and armed robbery, both in the juvenile and adult courts.

Research Interests: German criminal law and procedure; International criminal justice - Theory, practice, political and socio-legal implications; Comparative criminal law and procedure; Transitional justice and rule of law; The Judiciary and legal profession - Comparative, international and socio-legal aspects

Dr Anca Chirita

Dr Anca Chirita is an Assistant Professor of Competition Law and convenes Competition Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College and St John's College. Since 2017, she has been Director of Ethics and Data Protection and since 2016, a member of the Law School's Research Committee, co-chair of the Law School-Business School's Ethics Committee, member of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Ethics Committee), and Co-Director of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) in 2018/19. She has also been a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (2017/18 for the Cartel and 2018/19 for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group).

Research Interests: Competition Law, Economics and Policy (judicial review of cartels, algorithmic pricing, abuse of a dominant position, digital platforms, mergers with a focus on the high-technology sector, state aid and tax rulings, individual freedom, redistribution), Procedural/Administrative Law, Private Actions for Damages, the relationship between Competition Law and other areas of law such as Data Protection, Social Law, Consumer Law

Professor Helen Fenwick

Professor Helen Fenwick's research interest lies in the field of civil liberties and human rights. Within that field her main interests are in counter-terrorist law and policy, media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law), public protest, and the influence of the European Convention on Human Rights under the Human Rights Act. Her current research focuses on counter-terrorist measures, media freedom of expression and judicial reasoning under the Human Rights Act.

Research Interests: Counter-terrorist law and policy; Media freedom of expression (in particular contempt law, obscenity law and privacy law); Public protest; Human Rights Act; Proposals for a Bill of Rights

Dr Eleni Frantziou

Dr Eleni Frantziou is Assistant Professor in Public Law & Human Rights at Durham Law School. Eleni's research interests are in the field of EU and post-national constitutionalism. She is particularly interested in the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights within national law (and the effects of its removal), in the relevance of fundamental rights to disputes between private parties and, more broadly, in the way in which narratives about fundamental rights influence the public sphere.

Research Interests: UK Constitutional Law, EU Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Global Constitutionalism, Cosmopolitanism, Human Rights Law, Workplace Politics, Horizontal Effect, Privacy

Professor Richard Goldberg

Prior to taking up a Chair in Law at Durham in September 2012, Professor Richard Goldberg previously taught at the London School of Economics, King's College London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, the University of Birmingham and, most recently, the University of Aberdeen.

Research Interests: Intellectual Property and Product Liability

Dr Barend van Leeuwen

Dr Barend van Leeuwen is Asssociate Professor in EU Law at Durham Law School. Before joining Durham in September 2017, Barend was Assistant Professor of European Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2015-2017). Barend read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and completed an LLM in European Law at the College of Europe in Bruges. He trained as a barrister in criminal law and did his pupillage at 23 Essex Street in London. After his pupillage, he moved to Florence to write a PhD thesis on the interaction between EU law and private law at the European University Institute.

Barend's research focuses on the internal market and judicial protection in the internal market. He has a particular interest in the interaction between free movement law and the healthcare sector. Moreover, he is working on the application of the conditions for Francovich State liability by national courts.

Research Interests: Free Movement Law, Judicial Protection, Medical Law and Ethics, European Private Law

Professor Deirdre McCann

Dr Deirdre McCann is a Professor at Durham Law School. Her research is in the field of labour law and policy at the domestic, EU and international levels. It has a particular focus on the influence of flexibility discourses on labour market regulation, precarious work, the measurement and comparison of labour law regimes and the influence of state norms in low-income settings. Her publications include Regulating Flexible Work (Oxford University Press 2008).

Research Interests: Labour Law (UK, EU, international); Non-standard work; Working Conditions; Measurement of labour regulation; Legal regulation in low-income settings

Professor Clare McGlynn

Professor Clare McGlynn is a Professor of Law with particular expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, rape law and gender equality in the legal profession. Having practiced as a solicitor with City firm Herbert Smith Freehills and lectured at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, she moved to a Readership at Durham University in 1999 and was appointed to a Chair in Law in 2004. She co-founded the research group Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD) in 2007 which acts as a catalyst for gender-related research and teaching, and from 2007-2009 she served as Deputy Head of the Law School. She is currently Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health (Research) with specific responsibility for diversity & equality, research strategy and policy development, including impact, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF). She is also a member of University Council.

Research Interests: Rape law and policy; Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence; Feminist Judgments and women in the legal profession; Legal Regulation of Pornography

Dr Jonathan Mukwiri 

Dr Jonathan Mukwiri is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at Durham Law School. He joined Durham in October 2010. He teaches mainly on the postgraduate taught programme and supervises numerous postgraduate dissertations in broad areas of commercial law and corporate law. He also teaches undergraduate tutorials in Company Law.

Research Interests: Commercial Law, particularly Sale of Goods; EU Internal Market, particularly Free Movement of Capital; European Corporate Law; Regulation of Takeovers

Professor Wolfgang Schomburg

Professor Wolfgang Schomburg is the Chair of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (2008 - ) He was appointed an honorary professor of law at Durham Law School on 1 March 2009. He read law at the “Freie Universität Berlin” and the London School of Economics. He started his professional career as a Public Prosecutor in Berlin (West), was seconded to the Federal Prosecutor and to the German Parliament as a Research Assistant in Criminal Law and, followed by a second stage with the Federal Prosecutor. He then was appointed to the criminal bench at the Berlin Regional Court (West) and later became a Senior Public Prosecutor in Berlin (West). He then changed into government service as Undersecretary of State at the Senate Justice Department, Berlin.

Research Interests: Criminal Law; Co-operation in Criminal Matters

Professor Robert Schütze

Professor 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 Commission, Germany's Permanent Representation at the EU and in the Chambers of former Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Research Interests: Comparative Constitutional Law; EU Constitutional Law; International Law; Legal and Political Theory

Dr Pierre Schammo

Dr Pierre Schammo is a Reader in Law at Durham Law School. Before joining Durham University, he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester, School of Law, and a research fellow in European financial and corporate law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. He trained as a lawyer in Luxembourg. Pierre completed his D.Phil degree at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) after studying at the universities of Leiden, the Netherlands (LL.M., cum laude) and Strasbourg, France (maîtrise en droit privé, mention bien).

Research Interests: Securities and financial regulation; Financial markets and banking supervision; The constitutional/institutional dimension of the EU; Internal market law; Regulation and law in context research (law and political science, and law and economics)

Professor Mathias Siems

Professor Mathias Siems is a Professor of Commercial Law at Durham University. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, a Research Associate at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Birkbeck, University of London, and an Invited Fellow at the Maastricht European Law Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of East Anglia, a reader at the University of Edinburgh, an associate professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He has also held various visiting positions at universities in Europe, Asia and North America. Mathias Siems is a graduate of the Universities of Munich and Edinburgh.

Research Interests: Company and Securities Law; Comparative Law; Law and Finance; Research methods