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Prof Piet Eeckhout
Bentham House
Faculty of Laws, UCL
Endsleigh Gardens
London
WC1H 0EG
Appointment
  • Professor of Law
  • Faculty of Laws
  • UCL SLASH
Role
Dean
Biography

Piet Eeckhout studied law (lic.iur.) and European law (lic.Eur.iur – equivalent to LLM) at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also obtained his PhD degree. Before joining King’s College London in 1998 he taught at the University of Ghent and at the University of Brussels (VUB). Between 1994 and 1998 he worked in the chambers of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Professor Eeckhout was Director of the Centre of European Law, at King’s College London, between 1998 and 2012, when he joined UCL. He is co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law, and of the Oxford EU Law Library (both Oxford University Press). He is an associate academic member of Matrix Chambers, London.

Professor Eeckhout is a leading authority in EU law and international economic law. He is the author of EU External Relations Law (2nd ed, Oxford University Press 2011). In 2004 he delivered the General Course at the Academy of European Law, Florence, and in 2006 he was General Rapporteur at the biennial FIDE (Federation of European Law Associations) Conference.

Research Summary

Research
Professor Eeckhout’s research covers many areas of EU law and of international economic law. He has published papers on EU constitutional law, human rights law, internal market law, judicial protection, state aid law, and on various questions of WTO law. One of his main research interests is EU external relations, and his monograph on the subject is the leading text in this area.

Professor Eeckhout is particularly interested in the relationships between different legal systems, national, European, and international. His research into the legal effect of WTO law in EU law, and into the application of EU human-rights standards in national law is nurtured by this interest. He explores ways and means to interconnect and integrate legal systems so as to combat legal fragmentation. In the area of external relations Professor Eeckhout is examining questions of constitutional government. The thesis he is working on is that there is no fundamental difference between internal and external policies; the latter require just as much democratic and accountable government, subject to the rule of law.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate
EU and Human Rights Law 

Graduate
EU Trade and External Relations Law
The WTO and Trade Linkages in the WTO
Human Rights in Europe

PhD Supervision
Professor Eeckhout welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students in EU law and international economic law


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