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prof. dr. L.W. Gormley, MA MSc

Professor of European Law & Jean Monnet Professor

Prof. Dr Laurence W. Gormley MA, MSc, FRSA, Barrister

Laurence Gormley was appointed to the Chair of European Law in the Law Faculty at the University of Groningen in September 1990. He also holds a Jean Monnet Chair awarded to the Faculty in 1995 and leads the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Groningen, recognised by the European Commission in 1999. He is also a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He is a member of the Faculty Council and a member of the University Council (Science faction).

He graduated from the University of Oxford in Modern History and Modern Languages in 1975 (M.A., 1979); took a M.Sc. in European Studies at the London School of Economics in 1976, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple in 1978. In 1978 he received the Hon. Sir Peter Bristow Award from the Middle Temple, and held a Rotary Foundation Fellowship at the Europa Institute at Utrecht. He took his doctorate in 1985 at Utrecht, with a dissertation on ‘Prohibiting Restrictions on Trade within the EEC’. After completing pupillage in 1979, and then being a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool and a door tenant in chambers in London, he worked as an official of the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels from 1983 to 1990 (dealing with competition; free movement of goods, and public procurement).

Professor Gormley’s principal publications are in the field of European Union Law, with the main emphasis being in the areas of the free movement of goods; customs law; public procurement; taxation, and the internal market. He has also published a number of articles on the judicial architecture of the EU and judicial review. He edited and revised the 2nd. (1989) and 3rd. (1998) editions of Kapteyn & VerLoren van Themaat's Introduction to the Law of the European Communities and wrote the contributions on Customs Union and the Free Movement of Goods and on Taxation in Vol. 52 of Halsbury’s Laws of England 4th. ed. (1986).

Recent articles which he has published include: The definition of Measures having Equivalent Effect in Arnull et al. (eds.), Continuity and Change in EU Law (Essays for Sir Francis Jacobs) (Oxford University Press 2008) 189-204; Silver Threads Among the Gold …50 Years of the Free Movement of Goods (2008) 31(6) Fordh. Int’l LJ 1637—169; Free Movement of Goods and their use – What is the use of it? (2010) Fordham International Law Journal 33/6 1589-1628; Free Movement of Goods within the EU: Some Issues and an Irish Perspective (2010) XLVI The Irish Jurist 74-95; Access to Justice: Rays of sunshine on judicial review or morning clouds on the horizon? (2013) 36 (5) Fordham Int'l LJ 169-1189; Access to Justice and Public Interest Litigation in Purnhagen & Rott (eds), Varieties of European Economic Law and Regulation (Liber Amicorum for Hans Micklitz, Springer, 2014); Private Parties and the Free Movement of Goods: Responsible, Irresponsible, or a Lack of Principles? (2015) 28 (6) Fordham Int'l LJ 993—1016; Infringement Proceedings in Jakab & Kochenov (eds.), The Enforcement of EU Law and Values (Oxford University Press, 2017) 65—78, Inconsistencies and Misconceptions in the Free Movement of Goods (2015) 40 European Law Review 925—939, and Brexit – Never mind the Whys and Wherefores? Fog in the Channel, Continent Cut Off! (2017) 40 Fordham Int’l. LJ 1175—1209. His most recent books on  EU Taxation Law (2005) and EU Law of Free Movement of Goods and Customs Union (2009) are published by Oxford University Press.

He is on the Editorial Board of the European Law Review; the European Business Law Review and the Public Procurement Law Review, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Consumer Law Journal; the Irish Jurist, the Irish Journal of European Law; the Journal de Droit Européen, and the Liverpool Law Review. He is Joint Series Editor (with Professor Jo Shaw, University of Edinburgh) of Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy, and (with Dr. Kai Purnhagen) Joint General Editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of EU Law (in preparation). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of European Law at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Gormley has twice been a co-holder of the Generale Bank Chair at Leuven, and was a Professor at the College of Europe, 1993—1999 (Bruges, then Natolin). Over the years he has been inter alia : Visiting Professor of EC Law at University College, London, at the University of Bremen, and at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Stiftungsprofessor für Europarecht at the Universität Bonn; Visiting Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and of the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Fellow at the CIEL at the University of Sheffield. He has on myriad occasions given guest lectures at universities in Europe and in the United States. He has for various periods been an external examiner in various British and Irish universities.

He Chaired the Assessment Committee for Advanced Master’s courses in Law at the Flemish Universities 2006—2007; in 2016—2017 he chaired the Research Assessment Committee for the Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty of Law.  From 1995-2005 he was Chairman of the Dutch Association for Procurement Law (of which he has been an Honorary Member since 2005; and from 2005 to 2016 was a member of its Advisory Council). From 2004—2006 he was a member of the Advisory Group on Market and Regulation of the Dutch Health Supervisory Authority (in formation) (CTG / Zorgautoriteit i. O.).

He is a member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors and a Fellow of the European Law Institute. He was President of the European Law Faculties Association 2015-2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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