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CELS runs a series of lunchtime seminars which are delivered via online webinar during the Michaelmas and Lent terms. 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 webinars are open to members of the University and to the general public. Registration details are available below. The lunchtime seminars take place from 1-2pm on Wednesdays (unless otherwise stated). There is no charge 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 2021-22

Michaelmas Term 2021



Title/Further Information 

Zoom Registration

Recording / resources

13 October 2021


Lord Purvis of Tweed

House of Lords 

'Brexit - Lessons Learned from the Parliamentary Process'


Brexit - Lessons Learned from the Parliamentary Process

20 October 2021


Professor Charlotte O'Brien

York Law School

'The Great EU Citizenship Illusion Dispelled? The Evaporation of Equal Treatment for Vulnerable EU Citizens'  

The Great EU Citizenship Illusion Dispelled? The Evaporation of Equal Treatment for Vulnerable EU Citizens

27 October 2021


Pierre Leturcq

Institute for European Environmental Policy 

'CBAM, Border Carbon and EU Green Trade' Register   

3 November



Alex Horne

Hackett and Dabbs LLP/Visitor Professor Durham University

'Parliament and Brexit: Some Challenges for Political Constitutionalism' Register  

17 November 2021


Professor Colin Scott 

University College, Dublin

'Regulating for Digital Policy in the EU: A Toolkit Approach' Register  


2 November 2021


Speaker to be confirmed 

Title to be confirmed. 



Lent Term 2022



Title/Further Information


Recording / resources

26 January 2022

Dr Jed Odermatt 

City University

To be confirmed. 



2 February 2022

Dr Brigitte Leucht 

Portsmouth University 

To be confirmed. Register


9 February 2022

Professor Astrid Epiney

Fribourg University 

To be confirmed.



16 February 2022

Professor Christoph Herrmann

Passau University 

To be confirmed.



23 February 2022

Professor Dimitry Kochenov

Central European University 

To be confirmed. Register   

2 March 2022

Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne

University of Edinburgh

To be confirmed. Register  

9 March 2022

Dr Magali Eben

Glasgow University 

To be confirmed.




11 March 2022

Dr Or Brook

Leeds University  

To be confirmed.



16 March 2022

Professor Pablo Ibáñez Colomo


To be confirmed.



All welcome 

Enquiries to

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

Previous seminar series are also available.