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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Professor Robert Schütze

Professor in the Durham Law School
Ref Mentor, Durham Law School
Co-Director, Global Policy Institute, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42802
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL223
Co-Director of the Global Policy Institute
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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Robert Schütze is Professor of European Union Law. Outside the Law School, he co-directs the Global Policy Institute together with the political scientist Professor David Held. He is also a Visiting Professor at LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and at the College of Europe (Bruges). 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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Schütze is a constitutional scholar with a particular expertise in the law of the European Union and comparative federalism. He has published extensively and his work has been translated into a number of languages. He is one of the co-editors of the Yearbook of European Law and the "Oxford Principles of European Union Law"; and he also co-directs the Hart Series on "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe". 

He is the author of “European Union Law” (with Cambridge University Press) and “An Introduction to European Law” (with Cambridge University Press) - a website dedicated to both books can be found here. He has published a number of monographs (and edited collections). His book "From Dual to Cooperative Federalism: The Changing Structure of European Law" 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 'federal' nature of the European Union. His "Foreign Affairs and the EU Constitution" is a collection of his well-known essays on the external affairs powers and principles of the European Union. He is currently completing a second volume on the changing-structure-of-European-law theme, which deals with the structure of the internal market. 

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)

Research Groups

  • Durham European Law Institute
  • Global Policy Institute
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

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  • Grants

Selected Publications

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  • Schütze, Robert. (Forthcoming). 'Foreign Affairs Federalism in the European Union'. In Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law. Bradley, Curtis. Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert. (Forthcoming). 'Third Country Goods in the EU Internal Market'. In The Law of the EU Internal Market and the Future of European Integration. Amtenbrink, Davies, Kochenov and & Lindeboom. Cambridge University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert (2018). 'Direct Effects and Indirect Effects of Union Law'. In Oxford Principles of European Union Law. Volume I: The European Union legal order. Schütze, Robert & Tridimas, Takis Oxford: Oxford University Press. 265-299.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2018). 'Introduction: Federal Britain?'. In The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea. Hart Publishing. 1-26.
  • Schütze, Robert (2018). The ‘Unsettled’ Eighteenth Century: Kant and his Predecessors. In Globalisation and Governance: International Problems, European Solutions. Schütze, Robert Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 11-40.
  • Schütze, Robert (2017). 'Political Philosophy of Federalism'. In Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Wolfrum, Rüdiger, Grote, Rainer & Lachenmann, Frauke
  • 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. (2014). 'External Union Policies: An Overview'. In Foreign Affairs and the EU Constitution. Cambridge University Press. 407-481.
  • 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.

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