Robert Schütze

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Robert Schütze is Professor of European Law and Director of the Durham European Law Institute. Outside the Law School, he also co-directs the Global Policy Institute together with the political scientist Professor David Held; and he is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Government of LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome).

Professor Schütze is a constitutional scholar with a particular expertise in the law of the European Union and comparative federalism. He joined Durham Law School in 2005, where he teaches European constitutional law and comparative constitutional law. In the past, he has been a Visiting Professor or Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the Centre for European Legal Studies (Cambridge), Fribourg University (Switzerland), the Institute of European and Comparative Law (Oxford), and the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law(Heidelberg). He has also been a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at theCentre for European Studies at Harvard University.


Professor Schütze has published extensively and his work has been translated into a number of languages. He is the author of two popular textbooks: “European Union Law” and “An Introduction to European Law”. (A website dedicated to both books can be found here.) His monograph “From Dual to Cooperative Federalism: The Changing Structure of European Law” argued that the European Union should be understood as a federal union whose relationship to its Member State has however changed with time. The book received the “Best Book” award of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and has had a pioneering impact on the academic literature on the legal nature of the European Union. He has published a collection of his well-known essays on “Foreign Affairs and the European Constitution”; and has also edited a number of books, in particular – with Professor Takis Tridimas (London) – the “Oxford Principles of European Union Law”.

Professor Schütze is the principal investigator of the “Neo-Federalism” Project – funded by the European Research Council. The project investigates how political power should be divided within and among national peoples, and especially analyses whether the federal principle could prove a philosophical key to the contemporary legal developments in the international and (sub)national spheres. More detailed information about the project and its members can be found here.