School of Law

Comparatavism in European Legal Studies – An Introduction

20 November 2013 | 14:30h | Seminar
Room 1.14

Jean Monnet Action PhD Researcher Series

  •  Speakers: Professor Dagmar Schiek and Jule Mulder (University of Leicester)

Comparative studies are used in a wide variety of PhD and other (legal) research projects in European studies.

Indeed, it is nearly impossible to avoid a comparative approach, as EU policies or legal concepts impact differently in different Member States. Also, most EU policies, legislation and even case law originate from specific national concepts – comprehending  these requires a comparative approach.

This seminar combines general approaches to comparativism and an introduction to comparative law methods suitable for EU projects. Professor Dagmar Schiek will give an overview of comparative European studies in general, and Jule Mulder (LL.M, University of Leicester) will introduce methodological requirements for comparing law within the EU.

The seminar also offers the opportunity for presenting comparative work in progress with an EU studies angle. You will receive academic feedback, meet peers who also work comparatively, and be offered the opportunity to publish more developed papers on-line later. Please send a short abstract (maximum 300 words) before 20 October to Michael Randall at


To confirm attendance, please email Michael Randall at

Location Details

School of Law
Moorland Road
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT.

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map, and is situated on the corner of Moorland Road and Belle Vue Road on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. It is situated behind the Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School).

  • From Leeds train station, it is a 30 minute walk or you can take a taxi for around £5.00.
  • Alternatively, the number 56 bus runs from Albion Street via Woodhouse Lane (A660) and stops on Moorland Road. These run every 10 minutes.
  • If travelling by car, there is a visitors' car park at the south end of the University campus or there is limited four-hour street parking on Belle Vue Road immediately behind the Liberty Building.

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