Professor Laurent Pech

Professor Laurent Pech – Professor of European Law

Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17) and Head of the Law and Politics Department at Middlesex University London. Laurent is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Bordeaux University and Aix-Marseille University.


Professor Pech specialises in EU Public Law and has lectured in a variety of subjects including EU Constitutional Law, EU Internal Market Law, EU Competition Law and EU Fundamental Rights Law.


Prior to his appointment at Middlesex University, Laurent was Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. During the course of his academic career, Laurent also worked in Canada (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Canada Research Chair on Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy) and in the United States (Emile Noel Fellow at NYU Law). He has furthermore worked as a legal consultant or trainer in many post-conflict or EU candidate countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia or Montenegro, either on behalf of the Council of Europe or in the context of EU-funded assistance programmes. He is currently one of the speakers working with the Academy of European Law in the context of EU-funded training seminars on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.


Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law. His most recent papers are generally available on the website of the Social Science Research Network and/or on


Professor Pech’s scholarship has been cited by national and European courts as well as EU bodies (he was for instance cited by Advocate General Cruz Villalòn in Case C-617/10 and his research also mentioned in the annual report of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in 2012). In 2011, Laurent was awarded a European scholarship prize for outstanding research on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. The same year, the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland also awarded him a certificate in recognition of excellence in lecturing.