Sussex European Institute

European Law and Policy Research Group


The group comprises academics with expertise in the field of European law and policy and those whose work has a European law dimension. It promotes interdisciplinary work and collaborative research in a variety of areas including human rights, employment law and policy, gender equality, children’s rights, environmental law, asylum law, Union Citizenship and migration, EU external relations, trade policy, competition law and state aid. 

Within its thematic research areas the group also actively engages in the critical discussion and analysis of the implications of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) for the UK and the EU as well as its impact on the Council of Europe and the application of the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights case law in the UK.


The group provides a supportive and stimulating context for scholars, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working on EU law and policy-related topics of common or related interest with the aim of fostering research excellence.

In particular, it seeks to:

  • Act as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas for teaching European and EU law modules, also in view of Brexit
  • Act as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas for research collaboration and research projects as well as research funding applications
  • Generate and promote awareness of research opportunities
  • Increase and act as a channel to disseminate the research outputs of its members
  • Organise research seminars and workshops

The group engages in a diversity of research activities including discussion groups, seminars, and workshops and acts as an interlink with the Sussex European Institute (SEI).