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The European Law Group covers a diversity of research areas with the common theme of comparative and European law. The Group seeks to promote through its research a greater understanding of European law in a modern day context, but also importantly seeks to provide an encouraging research environment particularly for post-graduate research students. The Group provides an informal opportunity for staff and PGR students to share ideas, present research in progress, present papers, and discuss recent cases and current developments in different aspects of European Law.

European Law is one of the research hubs within Southampton Law School of the University of Southampton. We offer a platform for discussing current legal issues and provide a focus for activities relating to European Union, European Human Rights law and comparative law. We offer support for students of European and comparative law, including postgraduate research students.

As a team, our research and teaching covers all the core areas of EU law, including examination of the evolution of the EU as an entity and as an actor operating within the international context (comparison with WTO but also internal comparative work), as well as the substantive developments of the 'internal' law (including private law and private international law or the conflict of laws).

In addition and more generally, we have expertise in comparative law. In particular, comparative antitrust law, commercial arbitration and litigation, evidence and consumer law and comparative tort law. Please contact Dr Hedvig Schmidt for further details of the research.

We also closely cooperate with Dr Ed Bates, whose research focuses primarily on the work of the European Court of Human Rights and the protection of civil and political rights in Europe. He is currently working on a book charting the evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights from 1948 to 1998 that is due to be published by Oxford University Press.

Ed is wiling to supervise PhD students in the protection of human rights in Europe under the ECHR or other Council of Europe mechanisms.

European Union and international economic law; the tension between the pursuit of economic liberalisation and the protection of non-economic interests (including environmental and human rights protection), with particular focus upon the lessons for the international community which can be drawn from EU experience in this field. Please contact Dr Emily Reid for further details of her research in this area.

Competition law and policy including both EC and US Antitrust Law; EU intellectual property law.  Please contact Dr Hedvig Schmidt for further details of the research.

Professor Kostakopoulou was invited to deliver a Keynote Address on Civic Integration at the conference on Migrant Labour: Contested Integration, Prospects for Citizenship, organised by the Peace Institute, City University London and Open Society Foundations, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15-16 September 2011.

Professor Kostakopoulou was invited to participate in the Expert Seminar  ‘Judging Europe's judges: The Legitimacy of the Case Law of the ECJ in a Union Transformed', organised by the University of Antwerp, 3-4 November 2011.

Dr Annette Schrawen visited Southampton Law School on 7 December 2011 to deliver a lecture on ‘The Consumer Citizen and the market: on rights and responsibilities'. This was part of the Centre for European Law European Matrix Series.


As part of the European Law Stream for the LLM the following modules are offered:

  • Remedies and Commercial Litigation under EU Law
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws and International Litigation
  • Comparative Civil Liberties
  • Comparative Competition Law
  • Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Comparative Land Laws of Europe
  • Corporate Governance
  • European Land Law
  • EU Litigation and European Private Law
  • European Trusts, Succession & Private Taxation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Marine & European Environmental (Liability) Law
  • International Tax Law
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