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Centre for European Legal Studies, Cambridge

2017 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Centre for European Legal Studies as a research centre of the Faculty of Law.

Across its twenty-five years of activities, CELS has provided a platform for research, discussion and dissemination of scholarly work within the broad field of European Legal Studies (ELS). ELS encompasses: public and private law analyses of European legal developments, including the impact of European law in national law; comparative European law; the law of the European Union; the instruments of the Council of Europe; and other regional and global legal regimes that interact with European legal sources. The breadth of its field of enquiry is matched by the depth of analysis provided by its members, affiliates, associates, research students and visitors.

The mission of CELS remains unchanged even after the ‘Brexit’ referendum decision. The demand for expertise and knowledge about the many facets of European law is, if anything, heightened following the referendum. CELS members are active in lending their knowledge and understanding of the consequences of the referendum decision not just to policymakers but also to the media and the public, as well as to the broader academic community.

Throughout 2017, CELS will host its usual mix of weekly seminars, periodic workshops and its annual Mackenzie-Stuart lecture. But there will also be opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by CELS members past and present as well as those who support CELS and its activities.

The changing preoccupations of the field of ELS will continue to be reflected in the Centre’s flagship journal: the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies published by Cambridge University Press. Published continually online and annually in print, 2017 will see the publication of Volume 19 of this important contribution to European legal scholarship.

On behalf of CELS management committee and all its members, we invite you to help us celebrate twenty-five years of European Legal Studies at Cambridge.

Kenneth Armstrong

Director, CELS


The Centre for European Legal Studies brings together a broad community of scholars with research interests and expertise spanning a wide range of fields of European and comparative legal enquiry.

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Our range of experts are the authors of leading research monographs, texts and articles published by the major academic legal publishers, and are also involved in the editorial boards of many law journals in the field.

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Members of CELS are well-positioned to explore the UK's changing relationship with the EU as a result of the outcome of the referendum on EU membership, and will continue to contribute to policy as the situation develops.

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