The Centre for Law and Governance in Europe
is a research and teaching centre in all areas of EU law and governance.
It is co-directed by Dr Ioannis Lianos, Dr Ronan McCrea and Dr Nicola Countouris, and
brings together more than a dozen scholars in this area.
The research interests of the members of the Centre are diverse. They
include the constitutional and administrative law of the EU, including
external relations, and a wide range of policy areas. Prominent among
the latter are social policy, competition policy, migration policy, environmental
policy, employment policy, consumer policy, agricultural policy, and intellectual
One feature of the research undertaken by members of the Centre is a
conviction that it is through analysis of distinct policy areas that the
constitutional and administrative law of the EU can best be illuminated
and evaluated. The interests of members of the Centre in governance takes
them beyond a static analysis of institutional form in the EU. Much of
the research undertaken is concerned with the emergence of novel governance
forms, which bring together different levels of governance, and private
as well as public actors. Many of these experiments in governance are
controversial, raising important legitimacy concerns. Addressing these
concerns is at the heart of the research of many members of the Centre.
As is apparent below (see news and events) and from the personal web
pages of members, the Centre’s scholars are involved in a wide variety
of international, often interdisciplinary, research projects, and the
Centre hosts a wide range of conferences and workshops.