UCL Faculty of Laws


Prof Nicola Countouris

Professor of Labour Law and European Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2009

Research summary

Nicola's main research interests are in Labour Law, UK, international, and comparative EU Law, Social Security Law, and Public Law. He is currently working on a number of projects ranging from the impact of the ongoing economic crisis on (European and UK) labour and social law, to the relationship between free trade and labour standards, to the role of G. A. Cohen's work in the analysis of labour relations. He is currently writing a monograph seeking to offer a novel and critical understanding of the integration and fragmentation dynamics affecting European Labour Law, and remains committed to the study and understanding of the law of the contract of employment.

Teaching summary

Current Teaching:


Employment Law

EU Law

Public Law I


European Employment and Equality Law

International Labour Rights in the Global Economy

PhD Supervision:

June Namgoon


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Masters | 2001
London School of Economics and Political Science
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2000


Nicola Countouris joined UCL Laws in 2009 and was promoted to a Professorship in 2015. Before joining UCL he had taught law at the Universities of Reading, LSE, and Oxford, where he also obtained his DPhil under the supervision of Professor Mark Freedland.

He has acted as an independent expert for the International Labour Office and on a number of European Commission projects, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bologna, Pompeu Fabra, Nantes, and Seinan Gakuin.

He is one of the co-ordinators and founding member of UCL’s Labour Rights Institute, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights.

He is also a contributing editor for the International Labour Law Reports series, an editor of the European Labour Law Journal and for the Italian journal Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e di Relazioni Industriali, a co-coordinator of the ILERA study group on Labour Law and Industrial Relations, and a founding member of the international ‘Labour Law Research Network’.