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Professor Robert Schütze

Professor of European and Global Law

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Professor of European and Global Law in the Durham Law SchoolPCL223+44 (0) 191 33 42802
Fellow of University College  
Member of the Centre for the History of Political Thought  
Co-Director of the Global Policy Institute  


Robert Schütze is Professor of European and Global Law. Outside the Law School, he co-founded the Global Policy Institute with the political scientist Professor David Held. He is a permanent Visiting Professor at LUISS Guido Carli University (Rome) and at the College of Europe (Bruges). 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), the Institute of European and Comparative Law (Oxford), the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg). He has been a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University and a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute. Trained as a lawyer and a political scientist, he holds a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute and a Ph.D. in political theory from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Schütze is a constitutional scholar with a particular expertise in the law of the European Union and comparative federalism. 

He has published three monographs (with a fourth one under way) and eight edited collections. He is best known for his “federal” reading of the European Union, spelled out in three separate volumes on the changing structure of European law. The first volume 'From Dual to Cooperative Federalism: The Changing Structure of European Law' received the 'Best Book' award of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). The second volume 'From International to Federal Market' was the runner-up to the 2019 ICON-S Book Prize. He is the author of “European Union Law” (with Cambridge University Press) and “An Introduction to European Law” (with Cambridge University Press) - a website dedicated to both textbooks can be found here. In the last year, he has also published (with Roger Masterman) the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law - a companion website to which can be found hereAs an editor, he has co-founded (with Richard Albert), the Oxford Comparative Constitutionalism Series that aims to explore the horizontal and vertical links between local, national or global constitutional structures; and he equally co-directs the Hart Series on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (with Nicola Lupo). He is also the co-editor of the Oxford European Union Library (with Piet Eeckhout) and of the Yearbook of European Law

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

Research interests

  • EU Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Legal History and Political Theory

Research groups

Research Projects

  • Grants

Awarded Grants

  • 2013: European Research Council (Principal Investigator, € 909.662)


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Hinarejos, Alicia & Schütze, Robert (2021). EU Fiscal Federalism: Past, Present, Future. Oxford University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert & Tridimas, Takis (Planned). Oxford Principles of European Union Law - Volume II: The Internal Market. Oxford University Press.
  • Masterman, Roger & Schütze, Robert (2019). The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law. Cambridge University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert (2018). Governance and Globalisation: International and European Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert & Tierney, Stephen (2018). The United Kingdom and the Federal Idea. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2018). EU Treaties and Legislation (Second Edition). Cambridge University Press.
  • Schütze, Robert & Tridimas, Takis (2018). Oxford Principles of European Union Law - Volume I: The European Union Legal Order. Oxford University Press.
  • Held, David & Schütze, Robert (2017). Democracy Beyond National Borders. Global Policy Journal. Wiley.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2015). EU Treaties and Legislation. Cambridge University Press.
  • Barnard, C., Albors-Llorens, A., Gehring, M. & Schütze, Robert (2013). Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Volume 15, 2012-2013. London: Hart Publishing.
  • Antoniadis, A. Schütze, R. & Spaventa, E. (2011). The European Union and Global Emergencies. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Edited Journal

  • (Published). Yearbook of European Law. Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Schütze, Robert. (2012). 'Drept constitutional european'.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2011). 'Da la Roma la Lisbona: "Federalism executiv" in (noua) Uniune Europeană'. Revista Română de Drept European 15-49.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2010). 'Supremaţie fără aplicare prioritară? Apariţia foarte lentă'. Revista Română de Drept European 15-35.

Working Paper

  • Schütze, Robert (2020). Models of Demoicracy: Some Preliminary Thoughts. 2020/08.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2020). "Re-Constituting" the Internal Market: Towards a Common Law of International Trade?
  • Schütze, Robert (2018). Re-reading Dassonville: Meaning and Understanding in the History of European Law.
  • Schütze, Robert. (2007). On 'Middle Ground' The European Community and Public International Law. 13: 30.
  • Schütze, R (2005). "Sharpening the Separation of Powers through a Hierarchy of Norms? - Reflections on the Draft Constitutional Treaty's Regime for legislative and executive Law-Making". EIPA Working Paper (01/2005).

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