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Durham Law School


Professor Robert Schütze, PhD FRSA

Professor in the Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42802
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL223
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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Robert Schütze is Professor of European Law and Director of the Durham European Law Institute. Outside the Law School, he also co-directs the Global Policy Institute together with the political scientist Professor David Held; and he is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Government of LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome). 

Professor Schütze 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 comparative constitutional law. In the past, he has been a Visiting Professor or Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the Centre for European Legal Studies (Cambridge), Fribourg University (Switzerland), the Institute of European and Comparative Law (Oxford), and the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law(Heidelberg). He has also been a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University.


Professor Schütze has published extensively and his work has been translated into a number of languages. He is the author of two popular textbooks: “European Union Law” and “An Introduction to European Law”. (A website dedicated to both books can be found here.) His monograph "From Dual to Cooperative Federalism: The Changing Structure of European Law" argued that the European Union should be understood as a federal union whose relationship to its Member State has however changed with time. The book received the "Best Book" award of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and has had a pioneering impact on the academic literature on the legal nature of the European Union. He has published a collection of his well-known essays on “Foreign Affairs and the European Constitution”; and has also edited a number of books, in particular – with Professor Takis Tridimas (London) – the “Oxford Principles of European Union Law”.

Professor Schütze is the principal investigator of the “Neo-Federalism” Project – funded by the European Research Council. The project investigates how political power should be divided within and among national peoples, and especially analyses whether the federal principle could prove a philosophical key to the contemporary legal developments in the international and (sub)national spheres. More detailed information about the project and its members can be found here.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Legal History and Political Theory

Selected Grants

  • 2013: European Research Council (Principal Investigator, € 909.662)
  • 2013: Fulbright Commission (Schuman Scholar, € 14.000)
  • 2008: European Commission UK Representation (Co-Investigator, € 18.500)

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

  • Schütze, Robert & Gehring, Markus (2016). 'Governance & Globalisation: International and European Perspectives'. Hart Publishing.
  • Schütze, Robert & Tridimas, Takis (2016). Oxford Principles of European Union Law - Volume I: The European Union Legal Order. Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2015). EU Treaties and Legislation. Cambridge University Press.
  • Barnard, C., Gehring, M. & Schütze, Robert. (2013). Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies. Hart.
  • Antoniadis, A. , Schütze, R. & Spaventa, E. (2011). The European Union and Global Emergencies. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Books: sections

  • Schütze, Robert. (2014). 'Le domaine des compétence d'execution'. In Traité de droit européen. Jean-Bernard Auby & Jacqueline Dutheil de la Rochère Bruylant. 69-86.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2014). 'Limits to the Union’s “Internal Market” Competence(s)? - Constitutional Comparisons'. In 'The European Union - A Federal Order of Competences'. Azoulai,Loïc Hart Publishing. 215-233.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2014). 'The "Treaty Power" and Parliamentary Democracy: Comparative Perspectives'. In 'Foreign Affairs and the EU Contitution'. Cambridge University Press. 359-406.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2012). 'Federalism as Constitutional Pluralism: Letter from America'. In 'Constitutional Pluralism in the European Union and Beyond'. Avbelj, Mattej & Kommarek, Jan Oxford: Hart Publishing. 185-212.

Edited works: contributions

  • Schütze, Robert. (2016). 'Direct Effects and Indirect Effects of Union Law'. In Oxford Principles of European Union Law. Schütze, Robert & Tridimas, Takis Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2015). 'EU Competences: Existence and Exercise'. In Oxford Handbook of European Union Law. Arnull, Tony & Chalmers, Damian Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2014). 'Constitutionalism and the European Union'. In European Union Law. Barnard, Catherine & Peers, Steve Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2012). 'European Community and Union, Party to International Agreements'. In Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law - Volume III. Wolfrum, Rüdiger, Guhr, Alexandra, Heilmann, Daniel, Kaiser, Karen, Lachenmann, Frauke, Pohlmann, Monika & Reuss, Matthias Oxford Oxford University Press. 860-871.

Journal papers: academic

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