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CELS runs a series of lunchtime seminars during the Michaelmas Term. These seminars provide a platform for the presentation of new ideas by leading scholars from inside and outside the university. The lunchtime seminars address topical issues of European Union Law and Comparative Law, with a view to using collective debate as a forum for developing and disseminating ideas, and producing high quality research publications which contribute to an understanding of major issues in the European Union. There is a close link between the CELS Lunchtime Seminar series and the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (CYELS). Papers generated from most of these seminars are published as articles in the CYELS.

These seminars are open to members of the University and to the general public. There is no need to register to attend these seminars. The lunchtime seminars take place from 1:05pm to 1:55pm on Wednesdays in Lecture Room B16 (unless otherwise stated). A sandwich lunch is provided at 12:45pm. There is no charge for lunch or to attend the seminar.

Subject to speaker consent, the lecture component for each seminar will be made available on the University of Cambridge Streaming Media Service (SMS) and the Apple iTunes platforms. The introductions and Q&A sections will not be included to encourage frank and open discussion. You can subscribe to the 'CELS Lunchtime Seminar Series' on iTunes for automatic download to your iTunes library, or an RSS feed is available from the SMS for use on other devices.

Seminar Programme for 2019-20

Lent Term 2020






22 January 2020

Professor Zoltan Fleck
Eotvos Lorand University 

'History, Institutions and Ideas of Rule of Law in Hungary'


Zoltan Fleck recording 

29 January 2020

Professor Steven Peers
Essex University 

'Citizens Rights in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: What Rights do People Have, and How to Enforce Them?


Zoltan Fleck recording 

3 February 2020 Alex Ellis 
Director General DExEU
'Brexit: Who, What and How?'    

5 February 2020

Professor Hans Micklitz

'The EU as Regulator in Private Law: A Neo-Liberal Hegemon or a Civiliser of Capitalist Enterprises' 



12 February 2020

Professor Elise Muir
Leuven University 

Title to be confirmed 



19 February 2020

Professor Tobias Lock
Maynooth University 

'Consolidation or Fragmentation: is EU Accession to the ECHR (Still) Worth It?'



26 February 2020

Professor Alison Jones 

'Fighting Corruption and Collusion in Public Procurement in England & Wales: Problems, Challenges and Proposals for Reform'


Not recorded

4 March 2020 Professor Jo Shaw 
Edinburgh University 
'The Populist Challenge to Constitutional Citizenship'    
11 March 2020 Professor Charlotte O'Brien
University of York 
Title to be confirmed     


Michaelmas Term 2019






16 October 2019

Professor Morten Broberg 
University of Copenhagen

'Does the EU Interfere with Commercial Arbitration'

Morten Broberg slides

Morten Broberg recording 

16 October 2019

5pm, LG17

(Lord) Gavin Barwell Q&A on Brexit with (Lord) Gavin Barwell, Theresa May's chief of staff.   

Not recorded

23 October 2019

Dr Markus Gehring 
Cambridge University 

'EU Environmental Law, Brexit and the Future of UK Trade Agreements'


Markus Gehring recording 

30 October 2019

Professor Tamara Hervey
University of Sheffield

'Patients' Rights Post-Brexit'


Tamara Hervey recording 

6 November 2019 Professor Kenneth Armstrong 
Cambridge University
'To Align or Not to Align? - Market Regulation after Brexit'

Kenneth Armstrong slides

Kenneth Armstrong recording 

13 November 2019

Maria Fanou

'Putting Opinion 1/17 in Context: ISDS Reforms and the Establishment of a MIC' Morten Broberg slides

Not recorded

13 November 2019

5pm, LG17

Professor Vernon Bogdanor

Joint CPL/CELS Event 

'Beyond Brexit: In conversation with Vernon Bogdanor'


Not recorded

20 November 2019

Christopher Hobley

'Reflections on Brexit - The Road to Here and the Paths Ahead' 




27 November 2019



Dr Clara Rauchegger
Innsbruck University 


'Hate Speech, Fake News and Other Online Harms: The EU’s Response to the Spread of Harmful Content on Digital Platforms'


Venue (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Room B16, Faculty of Law
All welcome 

Enquiries to

There will be a sandwich lunch available outside B16 from 12:45pm.

Further information on upcoming seminars can be found in the Events Calendar.

Previous seminar series are also available.