Economic and Social Integration in the EU and Beyond – Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Jean Monnet ad personam chair)
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The Centre for European Law and Legal Studies (CELLS) is one of the best known research centres on critical approaches to the European Union, focusing on the EU’s contribution towards global social justice.
CELLS' internationally acknowledged excellence builds on a long tradition within the school, commencing with the inauguration of the Centre of European Law and Policy in 1993, and of the leadership of the University at large in the field, evidenced among others by hosting of the 43rd annual conference of the University Association on Contemporary European Studies (UACES 2013).
The centre also hosts the Leeds Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chairs in the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and the School of Political and International Studies (POLIS). CELLS also hosts a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in Law and Policy (Dagmar Schiek), another appreciation of its international excellence.
CELLS consists of nineteen internal members, including nine PhD researchers, and nineteen external academic members. CELLS offers a vibrant and friendly research environment including an academic seminar series as well as a PhD researcher training series and excellent conditions for visiting researchers of all levels. Since 2011-2012, CELLS publishes its own online working paper series.
CELLS is committed to research excellence in European Legal Studies beyond doctrinal legal towards socio-legal inquiry. Accordingly, we invite visiting researchers and external members from law, political sciences, sociology, social policy, economics, business administration and labour relation studies.
While overall investigating the EU’s contribution to global social justice, our research is clustered around three main themes.
Over these three fields, CELLS aims to contribute to critical legal studies approaches as well as interdisciplinary research.
CELLS aims to create and further a genuinely interdisciplinary perspective for the research of European law by means of integrating consideration of its sociological and political science aspects into our approaches.
Centre members are keen to participate in collaborative projects, and CELLS invites participation through academic visits, in particular via the Marie Curie programme, where we have an excellent track record of securing funding. We also have a good record in securing funding for PhD researchers whose ideas for their thesis are well aligned with the centre themes and the individual expertise of their supervisors.
The University of Leeds was one of the first UK universities to establish an interdisciplinary European studies centre (Centre of European Law and Policy, inaugurated in 1993 by Jo Shaw, now Edinburgh, and Juliett Lodge, now retired). Louise Ackers (now: Salford) took over the law part of leadership of the centre in 2001.
In 2007, it was relaunched as the Centre for European Law and Legal Studies, with Professor Dagmar Schiek as the director. The centre’s commitment to social justice is the continuing variable, which is now extended to the EU’s global role.
CELLS research is organised around three research foci.
EU non-discrimination law is praised as a success story of European integration and a socio-legal field in its own right which by now has reached a certain maturity.
Since 2000, a body of directives addresses discrimination on grounds of racial and ethnic origin, religion and belief, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation and, from 2009, the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights for the European Union adds a number of further non-discrimination grounds in provisions addressing the EU and its Member States.
CELLS research takes a critical standpoint to EU non-discrimination law and policy generally. For example, the 2009 conference on Multidimensional Equality Law in Europe (Dagmar Schiek) called for papers arguing in favour of re-focusing EU non-discrimination law in the “triangle” of race, gender and disability, while the 2011 research seminar EU Non-discrimination law and policy - a future mandate? (Dagmar Schiek’s Jean Monnet ad personam Chair) critically reflected upon the relation of EU non-discrimination law and social policy.
Further seminars reflected on the EU non-discrimination law and the situation of Roma, as well as on EU disability rights.
As regards international equality law, CELLS specialised in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is one of the most innovative UN conventions on equality. CELLS executive board member Professor Anna Lawson is part of the Academic Network of European Disability experts as well as of the Access to Justice for Children with Intellectual and/or Psychosocial Disabilities (Anna Lawson).
Through its research, CELLS shapes critical European studies in several respects. It is internationally acknowledged for its unique contribution to EU and international equality law, in particular through devising a holistic approach to (EU) law and intersectionality (Schiek), and bringing forward European disability studies, among others through Anna Lawson’s first in-depth study on “reasonable adjustment” as a key to domestic, European and UN equality law.
Constitutionalising Europe is said to engender frictions between economic and social integration. Our research reflects on this in fields such as agriculture, employment, industrial relations, education and services of general interest.
The research focus on Economic and Social Integration and Comparative Law has profited from successful acquisition of external funding: Leeds has hosted the multilateral Jean Monnet research group “European Economic and Social Constitutionalism after the Treaty of Lisbon” (funded for two years), whose results have been published in Schiek, Liebert, Schneider (eds) ‘European Economic and Social Constitutionalism after the Treaty of Lisbon’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011).
The Centre’s contribution to the School’s 2nd century events was a conference on the topic ‘The European Union’s Economic and Social Model – Still Viable in a Global Crisis?’. This took place on 8 and 9 December 2011 and gained unexpected topicality due to falling on the eve of a decisive Council meeting on the future of the European currency. Now the Centre host the Jean Monnet ad personam chair ‘Economic and Social Integration in the EU and beyond – interdisciplinary perspectives’.
Professor Michael Cardwell’s research is situated here, in particular his recent work on how agricultural law and policy contributes to food security and climate change objectives, and Jennifer Hendry stands out by her unique jurisprudential research on legal pluralism and European comparative law. There is also the work by Dagmar Schiek on the category of socially embedded constitutionalism, which she researches through investigating judicial discourses on the tenuous relation of economic and social integration and exploring governance through transnational socio-economic actors.
We research models for enhancing the legitimacy of legal entities beyond nation states, including trans-national adjudication, contractual governance, and governance by non-state actors.
The research focus on Governance and Legitimacy in the EU expands towards a wider engagement of CELLS with jurisprudence, with particular focus on the topic of legal pluralism. This will be linked to spatial issues, such as the collective use of natural resources including land, and to regionalism and localism. With a view to this research focus, in 2011 Dr Jen Hendry was funded by the framework of the Cluster of Excellence (Normative Orders) in Comparative Constitutional Studies at Goethe University (Frankfurt/Main) to participate in the ‘Ordering Pluralism’ workshop, an edited collection from which is planned for 2012.
The CELLS seminar series has already hosted speakers to enhance this theme during academic year 2011/12, with Professor Stephen Tierney (Edinburgh) having delivered a paper on ‘Referendums and Europe: Filling the Democratic Gap?’ and Dr Matej Avbelj (Graduate School of Government & European Studies, Kranj) speaking on the topic ‘EU Integration: Unity or Differentiation?’
CELLS aims to offer high quality postgraduate opportunities, focusing on the EU’s contribution to global socio-economic and ecological justice.
As a postgraduate student or PhD researcher, you will gain an understanding of new frontiers in EU law research in interdisciplinary contexts through challenging modules for postgraduate students and engaging supervision for PhD researchers.
You will be actively involved in research that may even fund your future career. You will be offered numerous interdisciplinary training events, which often precede the seminars of our academic seminar series. These are some of the assets of the Jean Monnet ad personam chair. You will also be able to profit from the activities of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and the University’s membership in the World University Network. Our PhD researchers have the opportunity to become full centre members (this is unique to CELLS) and to gain first teaching experience as graduate teaching assistants.
He welcomes PhD applications in all areas of agricultural law, including European Community and world trade aspects.
She currently supervises PhD students whose work focuses on disability equality and human rights law. She welcomes applications from other students in these subject areas.
She is happy to supervise PhD research in EU law and legal studies, comparative law, equality and non-discrimination law, labour law, employment law, law and social justice, transnational law.
She is happy to supervise PhD students in areas of competition law, consumer law, and contract law.
She currently supervises doctoral candidates working on issues of legal integration within the European Union, and is happy to consider potential students with projects in the areas of legal, social and political theory, and in comparative law and legal studies, specifically on the concepts of legal culture, legal pluralism, and the Europeanisation of law.
She is interested in supervising any topics connected with education law but particularly those that relate to children's and parental rights in education.
She welcomes proposals on topics relating to education as a social right and discrimination in education.
She has supervised a number of successful PhD students on topics ranging from the organ donation to embryonic stem cell research. She welcomes PhD proposals relating to any area of medical law, particularly relating to the beginning or end of life.
Working thesis title: Adult guardianship reform in the context of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights in China.
The ‘supported decision-making paradigm’ for disabled adults in England and Wales and the influence of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
Professor Dagmar Schiek
Dr Jen Hendry
Professor Dagmar Schiek
Professor Michael Cardwell
Professor Dagmar Schiek
Professor Michael Cardwell
Professor Anna Lawson
Dr Annick Masselot
Dr Liz Oliver
Professor Michael Cardwell
Dr Caroline Mullen
Dr Jule Mulder
Dr Richard Whittle
Dr. Jen Hendry
Professor Daniël Cuypers
Dr. Stine Jørgensen
Professor Anna Lawson
Dr. Annick Masselot
Professor John McMullen
Professor Dagmar Schiek
Professor Wojciech Sadurski
CELLS hosts a wide variety of events. Some of these seminars are part of the Jean Monnet academic seminar series, funded by the European Commission, which this year (2013/14) addresses the topic ‘Economic and Social Aspects of the EU's Global Responsibility’ (Jean Monnet Page). Other seminars are offered as CELLS’ contribution to academic life.
Conferences emerge from ongoing, frequently funded research projects. Our last two international conferences were ...
Speakers included Professor Joxerramon Bengoetxea (University of the Basque Country), Professor Stephen Cornell, (Udall Center for Public Policy, University of Arizona), Professor Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds) and Dr. Jen Hendry (University of Leeds)
Speakers included Professor Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz (European University Institute (EUI), Florence), Professor Malcolm Sawyer (University of Leeds), Professor Amy Verdun (University of Victoria, Canada)
In the academic year 2013/2014, CELLS hosted, for example ...
In the academic year 2012/2013, CELLS hosted, for example ...
In the academic year 2011/2012, CELLS hosted, for example ...
PhD researcher training seminar series
The overall aim of the seminar series is to enhance competence in European integration studies with a socio- legal theme and to help formulating an interdisciplinary methodology. All seminars are followed by refreshments to enhance opportunities for networking.
Dr Akman has conducted work commissioned by, for example, the UK Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Energy Watch and the Irish Competition Authority. She is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the UK for the International Competition Network's (ICN) Unilateral Conduct Working Group and an NGA for Turkey for the ICN’s Cartels Working Group.
Ann Blair is an active trade unionist and currently seconded half-time to trade union duties as President of Leeds UCU.
Professor Cuypers is a board member of the Employment Law Association (VVA), the Belgian Society for Labour Law and Social Security (Begasoz) and the Belgian Society for Industrial Relations (BVVA).
Since 2010, Dr Jørgensen is a member of COPING (Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental).
As well as holding academic appointments, Professor McMullen is also a Partner in Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. From 2004 to 2010, he was a Member of the Council of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
Dr O’Brien is a volunteer at Ripon Citizens Advice Bureau and a trustee at York Citizens Advice Bureau & Citizens Advice North Yorkshire & York.
Colm O’Cinneide is Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Experts (Council of Europe), a member of Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel, Age Equality Coordinator in the EU Expert Group on Mapping Anti-Discrimination Law in Areas Outside of Employment and Occupation and a member in the Review of the Working Methods of the European Court of Human Rights - the ‘Woolf Review’.
Throughout her PhD, Dr Oliver worked with the Women and Equality Unit, the non-academic partner under her ESRC CASE award. She has also presented research findings to a range of policy actors at UK and EU level as well as working with non-academic partners through funded research projects.
Professor Sadurski is a member of a number of governing and programme bodies of think tanks and NGOs dealing with human rights and democracy promotion. In particular, he is currently Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies. In 2013, he initiated and has been leading the Myanmar Constitutional Reform Project.
Profesor Dr Schiek consults on different aspects of EU and national non-discrimination law, comparative labour law and EU law in general. For example, she has been a member of the European Commission’s Legal Expert Network on application of Community law on equal treatment between women and men from 2000 – 2011, has been academic reviewer for projects of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Science Foundation and teaches regularly to judges and academics at the European Academy of Law (Trier).
Neil Stanley is a qualified Solicitor with twelve years post-qualification experience. In addition, he has three years experience in a niche planning consultancy, specialising in listed buildings and conservation areas.
Since 2003, Richard has been a registered expert on the EU Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs AMI-INT Expert database (registration number: 20030225-0560). He is also an expert advisor to the British Disability Rights Commission (subsumed within the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2010) and the European Disability Forum. Having established Disability Law Consultancy, Richard has been advising Manchester United Ltd (MU) on a consultancy basis since 2010 in respect of its compliance with equality legislation, for example, by reviewing its practices and procedures in respect of disabled supporters.
Dr Akman can be contacted by the media for inquiries in the areas of competition law and areas of consumer law and contract law that fall within her expertise.
Andrea Gideon has written for the Blog Europe of Knowledge on 'Market elements in universities: Potential conflict with EU competition law?' available here. She can be contacted on questions related to higher education institutions and EU law.
Samantha Halliday is happy to speak to the media on issues relating to medical law, particularly relating to issues at the beginning or end of life, including, for example, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide / assisted dying, abortion, foetal protection policies, and embryonic stem cell research.
Dr Annick Masselot has been consulted by the media on various occasions in particular the Thematic Report “Fighting Discrimination on the grounds of Pregnancy, Maternity and Parenthood – The application of EU and national law in practice in 33 European countries” received extensive coverage; including on the TVNZ Breakfast show on 13 November 2013 (http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/men-can-mothers-gender-expert-video-5708623).
Colm O’Cinneide has undertaken media commentary relating to equality law and human right protection in the UK, EU and internationally for various media outlets. He is an active blogger for UK Constitutional Law Blog and Human Rights in Ireland Blog.
Professor Schiek is happy to give interviews and background talks on equality law and EU economic integration as well as EU social law. She is also versed in comparative labour law.
Neil Stanley is willing for the media to contact him regarding the following issues: environmental law - pollution control, planning law (including the built heritage), nature conservation, torts, corporate manslaughter, emergency planning/disasters, risk and legal processes.
Professor Joana Abrisketa, University of Deusto from October 2013 to November 2013.
Mariagrazia Alabrese, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento from May 2013 to July 2013.
Professor Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Chair of Jurisprudence University of Sydney, Professor at University of Warsaw and Visiting Professor at University of Trento (Italy) and Cardozo Law School (New York) from September 2012 to October 2012.
Dr Alberto Lepore, University Roma Tre, researching on transfer of undertakings, from February to August 2008 and, researching on employment discrimination law from January to December 2011 (as Marie-Curie Fellow), and January to August 2012 as visiting researcher.
Associate Professor Li Lei, University of Nanjing for Finance and Economics (China) from July 2011 to July 2012.
Dr Angelo Marra, University of Mediterranio in Calabria and practicing solicitor researching on disability law, from March 2009 to July 2010.
Professor Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School (New York), for May 2009.
Dr. Susanne Burri, University of Utrecht, researching on gender law from 16 to 27 March 2009.
Flavia Schiavetti, University Roma La Sapienza, researching on economic and social constitutionalism from April to July 2009.
Dr Richard Sahlin, University of Uppsala (Sweden) from October 2007 – December 2007 Richard is now (May 2013) a researcher at the University of Örebro, Sweden
January 2007 - Ongoing
Principal Investigator: Professor Dagmar Schiek Dr Jen Hendry
April 2010 - May 2014
Principal Investigator: Dagmar Schiek for Leeds purposes (providing expertise on German and Austrian Labour Law). The project is led by Prof Jonas Malmberg (Uppsala).
January 2013 - August 2013
Principal Investigator: Anna Lawson
April 2008 - March 2011
Principal Investigator: Mel Kenny
March 2014 - May 2014
Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Cardwell and Alicia Epstein
January 2012 - December 2015
Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Cardwell
March 2014 - May 2014
Principal Investigator: George Wilson
January 2007 - Ongoing
Principal Investigator: Professor Dagmar Schiek
July 2010 - November 2011
Principal Investigator: Anna Lawson for Leeds purposes. Oliver Lewis, Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre Hungary, is the Scientific Director.
January 2011 - December 2011
Principal Investigator: Alberto Lepore
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