Alberto Alemanno. Alberto is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law. He is the author of Trade in Food – Regulatory and Judicial Approaches in the EU and the WTO(Cameron May, 2007) and Governing Disasters – The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2011). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulationand the scientific director of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy.

Kenneth A. Armstrong is Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge.  Professor Armstrong has written widely in the field of European Union law and policy with a particular focus on the evolving governance structures of the EU. Professor Armstrong’s book Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and won the 2011 UACES Best Book Prize.

Dr Gunnar Beck. Gunnar is an EU lawyer and legal philosopher at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His book “Fichte and Kant on freedom, rights and law” offers a new interpretation of the relationship between Kant’s and Fichte’s theories of freedom and their doctrines of rights. At present Gunnar is engaged in a study entitled “The European Court of Justice and Legal Reasoning”. Gunnar has published numerous academic articles in EU law, legal and political philosophy. Gunnar regularly presents seminars, lectures and other training sessions at leading City law firms on the EU Constitutional Treaty, the issue of Kompetenz-Kompetenz, the EU Reform Treaty, comitology and developments in EU citizenship and human rights law. He is also a Barrister and Door Tenant at Henderson Chambers.

Christopher Brown. Christopher is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and co-founder of the EUtopialaw blog. He practises general EU law and competition law. He also teaches on the LLM at Queen Mary, University of London. He writes frequently on all aspects of EU and competition law and was a UK rapporteur at the XXIV FIDE Congress in Madrid.

Joanna Buckley. Joanna joined Matrix as a trainee in October 2011. She intends to build a broad practice in domestic and international law.   Prior to joining the Bar, Joanna worked as an information analyst with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and as a political adviser to the Special Representative of the European Union in Afghanistan. Based in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009, Joanna provided policy advice and analysis in the areas of good governance and the rule of law, specifically on the reform of the Afghan National Police.

Kate Cook. Kate is a barrister at Matrix Chambers. Kate practises generally in the areas of European Union, public international, human rights, and domestic public law, with a particular expertise in environmental law. She regularly advises NGOs, international organisations and others on European and WTO issues in areas such as animal welfare and environmental protection, most recently on amendments to the EU restrictions on trade in seal skins and on controls on international trade in timber.

Claire Darwin. Claire is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, and specialises in Employment, Discrimination, Public and Commercial Law. Many of Claire’s cases concern the European Union and human rights aspects of employment law.  Claire’s recent EU work has involved advising an employer on whether a UK statute creates an obstacle to the free movement of workers. Claire has been instructed in a number of perception or associative discrimination cases which concern the interpretation of the Framework Directive (including J v DLA Piper [2010] ICR 1052).

Anita Davies. Anita is currently a barrister at Matrix Chambers, and formerly a Legal Information Officer. Before doing the law conversion course and BPTC she worked for a number of human rights organisations, including the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Jerusalem, as a public information officer. She studied history at the University of Cambridge, and finished a BCL at the University of Oxford earlier this year.


Dr Oliver Gerstenberg. Oliver is a Reader in Law and Director of the centre of International Governance at the University of Leeds. He is Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London (2011-2012) and a former LAPA Fellow at Princeton (2004-2005). JKF Fellow at Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2001-2002); J Monnet Fellow at EUI (1999-2000); Wiss. Mitarb. JWG University of Frankfurt/M (1991-1992) and Bremen (1995-2000); Chercheur at Centre de P du Droit, UC de Louvain-la-neuve (1990-1991); and Prom-Stipendum at Gradueirtenfoerderung d.Landes Hessen.

Nicholas Gibson. EU law permeates Nicholas’s practice at Matrix chambers, where he advises on all aspects of competition law, procurement, consumer, telecoms and utilities regulation as well as general EU, commercial and public law matters.  Prior to joining Matrix, Nicholas worked for seven and half years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in contentious competition and general EU law.  He has written for the Cambridge Law Journal and European Human Rights Law Review, and taught on the LLM at King’s College London.

Prof. Peter L. Lindseth. Peter  is the Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law (USA). He holds a BA and JD from Cornell and a PhD in European history from Columbia.  His most recent books are Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP 2010) and Comparative Administrative Law (Edward Elgar 2010).  He has taught at Yale, Princeton, and Columbia, as well as several European institutions. His fellowships include stints at the American Academy in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, the European University Institute, and the French Council of State.

Angus MacCulloch.  Angus is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University Law School.  His research interests lie primarily in Competition Law, particularly antitrust and enforcement issues, but he retains a wider interest in EU Law, Regulation, White Collar Crime, and IP.  The majority of his recent work focuses on the impact of the introduction of the UK’s cartel offence and the wider global move towards the criminalisation of cartel activity. 

Sara Mansoori. Sara joined Matrix in 2011. She is an established junior recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Sara has a wide range of experience and practices in all areas of media and information law (including defamation, privacy and confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment, and copyright), human rights law and public law. Before joining Matrix, Sara was a Senior Lawyer at the Ministry of Justice in their Information and Human Rights team and, prior to that, she was a tenant at 5RB for 10 years.

John Morijn. John works as a human rights adviser with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and teaches European human rights law at the University of Groningen. John  studied EU law at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and holds a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice, Italy) and a PHD  from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is co-editor of the Dutch law journal European Human Rights Cases. He contributes in a personal capacity.

Aidan O’Neill QC. Aidan is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and co-founder of the EUtopialaw blog. In addition to law degrees from Edinburgh and Sydney universities, Aidan holds a degree in European and International and Comparative law from the European University Institute, Florence. He has written three legal text books, including EU Law for UK Lawyers and Decisions of the European Court of Justice and their constitutional implications.

Prof. Aurora Plomer. Aurora is Professor of Law and Bioethics and Director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at the University of Sheffield. She is currently working on European and international patent law and human rights. In 2014, she was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at EUI researching the origins of European patent harmonization and the interface of the unified patent court with the EU, EPO and ECHR legal orders. Her latest monograph examines the history and philosophical foundations of the right to access the benefits of science in international law and the implications for the balance between public and private interests in the current global controversies about gene patents and stem cell patents: Patents, Human Rights and Access to Science (Edward Elgar, 2015).

JPrassl photoDr Jeremias Prassl. Jeremias is a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. He read Law at Oxford, Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Harvard Law School. He works in the areas of Employment, Corporate and European Union law, and has recently completed a doctorate on ‘The Notion of the Employer’ at Magdalen College, Oxford. In addition to his research on complex corporate structures, particularly those driven by Private Equity investors, Jeremias is currently interested in recent developments in EU internal market law and aspects of domestic and international Civil Aviation Law. He has been an Academic Scholar at UBS Investment Bank, and his experience includes stints at the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law in Hamburg and at Columbia Law School, New York. He has also taught at Renmin University, Beijing, and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, Mumbai, and has spoken at conferences in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, the Dutch Antilles, China and the US.

ASG smallDr Albert Sánchez Graells. Albert is Reader in Economic Law at the University of Bristol Law School and Member of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group in Public Procurement (2015/18). He specialises in EU Competition Law and EU Public Procurement Law, where he has authored the leading monograph Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd edn (Oxford, Hart, 2015). He has recently edited Smart Public Procurement and Labour Standards. Pushing the Discussion after RegioPost (Hart, 2018, forthcoming), and also coedited Reformation or Deformation of the Public Procurement Rules(Edward Elgar, 2016), with Prof GS Ølykke (Copenhagen Business School). Most of Albert’s working papers are available at and his analysis of current legal developments is published in his blog

Kim Lane Scheppele.  Kim is Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs as well as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University.  She has written extensively on the current constitutional crises in Hungary and Romania as well as on the challenges to constitutional democracy posed by anti-terrorism programs after 9/11. Her work concentrates on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress.

Andrew Smith.  Andrew is a barrister at Matrix. He practises predominantly in employment and discrimination law. He also undertakes work in the fields of sports law, personal injury, commercial and education law. He is a contributor to the discrimination law section of Jordan’s Employment Law. THe has recently delivered seminars to Instructing Solicitors on a variety of topics, including the Equality Act 2010, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, disability discrimination, High Court bonus claims and equal pay.

David Wolfe. David is a public lawyer at Matrix, and a Board Member of the Legal Services Board. He is a patron of the Advisory Centre for Education (ACE). Until July 2008, he was a part-time Chair of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

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