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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Mr Oliver Bartlett

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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 one of the two PGR Co-Convenors of the Durham European Law Institute.

Current Research

Oliver’s research interests lie primarily in EU public health and consumer law, the law of the internal market and EU constitutional law. Having written his MJur thesis on the ways in which alcohol advertising is regulated by the EU and its Member States, his PhD research will move on to consider the ways in which legal regulation could be used as a tool to reduce the prevalence of addiction within the EU. The project will use the fields of alcohol, tobacco and gambling as case studies, and investigate the possibility of creating an EU policy on addiction that would apply horizontally across a variety of different sectors and target the common factors underlying the development of addictions, as an alternative to the currently ineffective sector-specific approach to the regulation of potentially addictive goods or services. The thesis will tackle specific issues such as why the current regulatory framework fails to address the true nature of how and why individuals develop addictions, the theoretical and ethical basis of public health law, the disconnect between current understandings of consumer behaviour and current consumer protection law, and whether increasingly more stringent regulation of industry operators is sufficient to achieve advances in public health. General questions of EU competence and free movement will also be dealt with in relation to the possible adoption of an EU addiction policy.

Research Areas

Public Health Law and Theory

Consumer Law and Theory

EU Internal Market Law

EU Constitutional Law

Teaching Areas

EU Constitutional Law.

The European Internal Market and its Citizens.


Edited works: contributions

Journal papers: academic

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