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Dr Barend van Leeuwen

Associate Professor in EU Law

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Associate Professor in EU Law in the Durham Law SchoolPCL219+44 (0) 191 33 46850
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  
Co-Director in the Durham European Law Institute  


Barend van Leeuwen is Associate Professor in EU Law at Durham Law School. Before joining Durham, Barend worked at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2015-2017).

Barend read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and obtained an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges. He trained as a barrister and completed his pupillage in criminal law at 23 Essex Street in London. After his pupillage, he moved to Florence to do a PhD at the European University Institute. His PhD thesis focussed on the interaction between EU law and private law. In 2017, his monograph ‘European Standardisation of Services and its Impact on Private Law: Paradoxes of Convergence’ was published by Hart.

Barend’s research interests focus on EU internal market law, judicial protection and the interaction between EU law and medical law. He has a particular interest in free movement of patients and doctors in the EU. Moreover, he is working on the interaction between the internal market and medical ethics. 

In December 2016, Barend was elected Lecturer of the Year of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. In January 2017, he won the Web Award in the university-wide elections of the University of Groningen ( In February 2022, Barend won Durham Law School's "Law Teacher of the Year Award". 

Teaching Areas
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • EU Internal Market Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Biolaw
  • Frontiers in Biolaw

Research interests

  • EU Internal Market Law
  • EU Health Law
  • Judicial Protection
  • Medical Law and Ethics

Research groups

  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
  • Durham European Law Institute


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2020). The Impact of the Legitimacy of European Standards on Their Application in Private Law: a Case Study on Professional Standards in the Medical Sector. In The Legitimacy of Standardisation as a Regulatory Technique. Eliantonio, Mariolina & Cauffman, Caroline Edward Elgar Publishing. 110-130.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2019). European Standards and the Unfair Contract Terms Directive. In Better Regulation in EU Contract Law. Van Schagen, Esther & Weatherill, Stephen Hart Publishing. 163-185.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2019). The Psychology of Judicial Co-operation: The Preliminary Reference Procedure as a Therapeutic Relationship. In The Transformation of Economic Law. De Almeida, Lucila, Cantero Gamito, Marta, Durovic, Mateja & Purnhagen, Kai Hart Publishing. 317-335.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend (2017). The Impact of EU Intellectual Property Law and the Charter on Private Law Concepts. In Primary EU Law and Private Law Concepts. Micklitz, Hans-W. & Sieburgh, Carla Intersentia. 241-270.
  • Vedder, Hans & Van Leeuwen, Barend (2016). Uitleiding. In Letselschade en Europa. Oldenhuis, Fokko & Vorsselman, Armin Boom Juridisch. 103-110.
  • Van Leeuwen, Barend & Monti, Giorgio (2016). EU Law and Interest on Damages for Infringements of Competition Law. In EU Law and Interest on Damages for Infringements of Competition Law: A Comparative Report. Monti, Giorgio European University Institute. 1-30.

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