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Dr Barend van Leeuwen

Assistant Professor in EU Law in the Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46850
Room number: PCL219

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Barend van Leeuwen is Assistant 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 obtained an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges. He trained as a barrister and completed his pupillage in criminal law at 23 Essex Street in London. After his pupillage, he moved to Florence to do a PhD at the European University Institute. His PhD thesis focussed on the interaction between EU law and private law. In 2017, his monograph ‘European Standardisation of Services and its Impact on Private Law: Paradoxes of Convergence’ was published by Hart.

Barend’s research interests focus on internal market law, judicial protection, European private law and medical law. He has a particular interest in the impact of free movement law on the quality of healthcare in the EU. Moreover, he is working on the interaction between the internal market and medical ethics.

In December 2016, Barend was elected Lecturer of the Year of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. In January 2017, he won the Web Award in the university-wide elections of the University of Groningen ( 

Teaching Areas

  • EU Constitutional Law
  • EU Internal Market Law

Research Interests

  • Free Movement Law
  • Judicial Protection
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • European Private Law


Authored book

  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). European Standardisation of Services and its Impact on Private Law: Paradoxes of Convergence. London: Hart Publishing.

Chapter in book

  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). The Impact of EU Intellectual Property Law and the Charter on Private Law Concepts. In Primary EU Law and Private Law Concepts. Micklitz, Hans-W. & Sieburgh, Carla Intersentia. 241-270.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend & Monti, Giorgio (2016). EU Law and Interest on Damages for Infringements of Competition Law. In EU Law and Interest on Damages for Infringements of Competition Law: A Comparative Report. Monti, Giorgio European University Institute. 1-30.
  • Vedder, Hans & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2016). Uitleiding. In Letselschade en Europa. Oldenhuis, Fokko & Vorsselman, Armin Boom Juridisch. 103-110.

Journal Article

  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2018). Euthanasia and the Ethics of Free Movement Law: The Principle of Recognition in the Internal Market. German Law Journal 19(6): 1417-1436.
  • Verbruggen, Paul & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2018). The liability of notified bodies under the EU's New Approach: the implications of the PIP breast implants case. European Law Review 43(3): 394-409.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). Rethinking the Structure of Free Movement Law: The Centralisation of Proportionality in the Internal Market. European Journal of Legal Studies 10(1): 235-265.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). Vaste verkoopprijzen voor medicijnen beoordeeld onder artikel 34 VWEU. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Europees Recht (3): 62-67.
  • Condon, Rónán & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2016). Bottom Up or Rock Bottom Harmonization? Francovich State Liability in National Courts. Yearbook of European Law 35(1): 229-290.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2016). The Doctor, the Patient, and EU Law: The Impact of Free Movement Law on Quality Standards in the Healthcare Sector. European Law Review 41(5): 638-654.
  • Verbruggen, Paul & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2015). Aansprakelijkheid voor gebrekkige medische hulpzaken. De (mogelijke) invloed van het Europese Hof van Justitie. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht 45(10).
  • Verbruggen, Paul & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2015). Europese regelgeving inzake medische hulpmiddelen. Het PIP-schandaal, de 'Nieuwe Aanpak' en consumenten-bescherming. Tijdschrift voor Consumentenrecht & Handelspraktijken (3): 111-121.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2015). La responsabilité des organismes notifiés du fait d’implants mammaires défectueux: TÜV Rheinland devant les tribunaux français et allemands. Revue internationale de droit économique 29(1): 69-85.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend & Verbruggen, Paul (2015). Resuscitating EU Product Liability Law? European Review of Private Law 23: 899-915.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2014). PIP Breast Implants, the EU's New Approach for Goods and Market Surveillance by Notified Bodies. European Journal of Risk Regulation 5(03): 338-350.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2014). Private Regulation and Public Responsibility in the Internal Market. Yearbook of European Law 33(1): 277-297.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2013). From Status to Impact, and the Role of National Legislation: The Application of Article 34 TFEU to a Private Certification Organisation in European Journal of Risk Regulation 4: 405-408.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2012). An Illusion of Protection and an Assumption of Responsibility: The Possibility of Swedish State Liability after Laval. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 14: 453-473.

Conference Proceeding

  • Colombi Ciacchi, A.L.B., Hodges, Ch., Van Leeuwen, B., Mak, V., Micklitz, H.-W., Rueda, I., Van Schagen, E.A.G. & Weatherill, S. (2018). Position Paper on the Fitness Check of EU Consumer Law. Second Expert Round Table on Impact Assessments and EU Contract Law, Oxford, England.