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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 U 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 2017-18

Lent Term






7 February 2018

Professor Massimo Fichera
University of Helsinki

'EU Constitutionalism, Crisis and the Security of the European Project'


14 February 2018

Dr Angela Ward 

'The Impact of EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on Equality Law: more a whimper than a bang?'


7 March 2018

Professor Christophe Hillion 
Leiden University 


Title to be Confirmed


Michaelmas Term






18 October 2017

Dr Cristina Volpin
CCLS Queen Mary, University of London

'The Elusiveness of Effectiveness in EU Competition Law: A Principle in Search of a Theory?'

  Not recorded

24 October 2017

Dr Miriam Parmentier
European Commission

'The Capital Markets Union: the Mid-Term Review'

  Awaiting release consent

25 October 2017

Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen
University of Copenhagen

'An Ever More Powerful Court? The Political Constraints of Legal Integration in the European Union'


1 November 2017

Professor Michael Dougan
University of Liverpool

'A Tale of Two Speeches: the UK and the EU According to May and Macron'


8 November 2017

Dr Marco Duranti
University of Sydney and Lauterpacht Centre Visitor

'Revisiting the ECHR's Original Intent: How Conservatives Invented the Strasbourg Court and Why it Matters Today'


15 November 2017


David Allen Green
Financial Times


'Blogging Brexit'


  Not recorded

22 November 2017

Dr Barbara Havelková
University of Oxford

'Women on Company Boards: the Value of Equality Meets the Principle of Subsidiarity'


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.