UCL European Institute


Professor Piet Eeckhout



Academic Director  


Piet is Professor of EU Law, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws, and Academic Director of the European Institute. He joined UCL in 2012, before which he was Director of the Centre of European Law at King's College London (1998-2012). He studied law (lic.iur.) and European law (lic.Eur.iur - equivalent to LLM) at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also obtained his PhD degree. Before coming to London in 1998 he taught at the University of Ghent and at the University of Brussels (VUB). Between 1994 and 1998 he worked in the chambers of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Piet's research covers many areas of EU law and of international economic law. He is particularly interested in the relationships between different legal systems, national, European, and international. His research examines the legal effect of WTO law in EU law, the application of EU human-rights standards in national law, and means to connecting and integrating legal systems so as to combat legal fragmentation. Piet is a leading authority in EU law and international economic law.

He is the author of EU External  Relations Law and co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law, and of the Oxford EU Law Library (all Oxford University Press). He has also published papers on EU constitutional law, human rights law, internal market law, judicial protection, state aid law, and  on various questions of WTO law. He is currently launching a new open-access journal - Europe and the World - A Law Review - together with Prof Christina Eckes (Amsterdam) and Dr Anne Thies (Reading) to be published by UCL Press.