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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 2018-19

Lent Term






23 January 2019

Professor Catherine Barnard 
University of Cambridge
Dr Georges Baur 
Liechtenstein Institute; formerly EFTA
Dr Markus Gehring 
University of Cambridge

Panel Discussion: 'Brexit – where are we now?'



25 January 2019

Dr Georges Baur
Liechtenstein Institute, formerly EFTA

'The EEA Agreement and the EEA Institutions'



30 January 2019

Judge Silvana Sciarra
Constitutional Court of Italy

'Seventy years old: the Italian Constitution does not look her age'


13 February 2019 Professor Amedeo Arena
University of Naples 'Federico II'
'A Doctrine of Pre-Emption for the European Union'  
6 March 2019

Professor Thomas Burri
University of St. Gallen

'Beyond Meaningless Human Control: The Contribution of European Union Law to a Deep Notion of Control over Artificial Intelligence'  

Not recorded

14 March 2019 Various  Brexit Symposium  


Michaelmas Term






11 October 2018

Sir Ivan Rogers KCMG 
Former British Permanent Representative to the EU

'Managing Brexit'

LG18, 1-2pm


Not recorded, but there is a podcast of Sir Ivan Rogers with Professor Catherine Barnard.

17 October 2018

Professor Eleanor Spaventa 
Bocconi University 

'What Next for Brexit Citizens?'



24 October 2018

Professor Jean-Bernard Auby
Sciences Po

'The French Constitution at 60: Does it still have a strong Executive?'



31 October 2018

Dr Thomas Horsley
University of Liverpool

'The Court of Justice of the European Union as an Institutional Actor: Judicial Lawmaking and its Limits'



7 November 2018

Professor Sacha Garben
College of Europe 

'The European Pillar of Social Rights: A Critical Analysis of its (Potential) Significance'



14 November 2018

Professor Bernard Ryan
Leicester University

'The EU Border Crisis: Questions for International Migration Law'



21 November 2018

Professor Christina Eckes
University of Amsterdam

'EU Loyalty: External Relations as a Constitutional Challenge'



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.