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Jacques Delors Professor of European Law*

Stephen Weatherill is the Jacques Delors Professor of European Law. He also serves as Deputy Director for European Law in the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and is a Fellow of Somerville College.

His research interests embrace the field of European Law in its widest sense, although his published work is predominantly concerned with European Union trade law. He is co-author of WEATHERILL AND BEAUMONT's EU LAW Penguin Books, 3rd edition,1999, with Paul Beaumont). He is the author of LAW AND INTEGRATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (Oxford University Press, 1995), EU CONSUMER LAW AND POLICY (Edward Elgar, 2nd edition, 2005), CASES AND MATERIALS ON EU LAW (Oxford University Press, 9th edition, 2010) and co-author of CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW (Ashgate Publishing, 2nd edition, 2005, with Geraint Howells and EUROPEAN ECONOMIC LAW (Dartmouth Publishing, 1997, with Hans Micklitz). The areas in which he has published papers in journals and edited collections in recent years include; the impact of subsidiarity in EU law; the involvement of the EU in private law; aspects of "flexible" integration in Europe; the elaboration of strategies for the management of the internal market; sport and the law including the ruling in BOSMAN; and the law and practice of product safety.

In Oxford, his teaching interests focus on EU law. He has taught on the European Business Regulation course, Land and Competition Law, offered to BCL and Mjur students and has also taught at undergraduate level.

Before joining the Oxford Faculty, he held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law at the University of Nottingham, and he has also previously held positions at the Universities of Manchester and Reading since beginning his academic career as a research assistant at Brunel University.


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Journal Articles


S R Weatherill, 'Use and Abuse of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights: on the improper veneration of “freedom contract”’ - Comment on Case C-426/11 Mark Alemo-Herron v Parkwood Leisure' (2014) 10 European Review of Contract Law 167


Borja Garcia and S R Weatherill, 'Engaging with the EU in order to minimize its impact: sport and the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon' (2012) 19 Journal of European Public Policy 238

S R Weatherill, 'The Consumer Rights Directive: how and why a quest for “coherence” has (largely) failed' (2012) 49 Common Market Law Review nya


S R Weatherill, 'The limits of legislative harmonisation ten years after Tobacco Advertising: how the Court’s case law has become a “drafting guide”' (2011) 12 German Law Journal 827


S R Weatherill, 'Fairness, openness and the specific nature of sport: does the Lisbon Treaty change EU sports law?' (2010) International Sports Law Journal 11


A. Menon and S R Weatherill, 'Transnational Legitimacy in a Globalizing World: how the European Union rescues its States' (2008) 31 West European Politics 397


S R Weatherill, 'Anti-doping revisited - the demise of the rule of 'purely sporting interest'?' (2006) 27 European Competition Law Review 645

S R Weatherill, 'Recent developments in the law governing the free movement of goods in the EC’s internal market' (2006) 2 European Review of Contract Law 90

S R Weatherill, 'The constitutional competence of the EU to deliver social justice' (2006) 2 European Review of Contract Law 136


S R Weatherill, 'Anti-doping rules and EC law' (2005) 26 European Competition Law Review 416

S R Weatherill, 'Better Competence Monitoring' (2005) 30 European Law Journal 23

S R Weatherill, 'Better Competence Monitoring' (2005) 30(1) European Law Review 23


S R Weatherill, 'Competence creep and competence control' (2004) 23 Yearbook of European Law 1

S R Weatherill, Norbert Reich and Hans Micklitz, 'EU Treaty Revision and Consumer Protection' (2004) (2004) 27 Journal of Consumer Policy 367

S R Weatherill, 'Why object to the harmonisation of private law by the EC?' (2004) (2004) 12/5 European Review of Private Law 633


S R Weatherill, 'Fair Play Please! Recent developments in the application of EC law to sport' (2003) 40 Common Market Law Review 51


S R Weatherill, 'Can there be common interpretation of European private law?' (2002) 31 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 139

S R Weatherill, 'El Libro Verde de la Comision sobre Derecho Contractual Europeo: Contexto, Contenido y Fundamento constitucional' (2002) 244 Revista de Derecho Mercantil 755

S R Weatherill, 'The Commission's Options for Developing EC Consumer Protection and Contract Law: Assessing the Constitutional Basis' (2002) 13 European Business Law Review 497



S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law (11th ed, OUP 2014)


S R Weatherill, EU Consumer Law and Policy (2nd ed, Elgar European Law 2013)


S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law (9th edition, OUP 2010)


S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law, Seventh Edition (Oxford University Press 2005)

S R Weatherill and others, Consumer Protection Law (Ashgate Publishing Company 2005)

S R Weatherill, EU Consumer Law and Policy (Elgar European Law 2005)


S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law, (Sixth Edition) (Oxford University Press 2003)



S R Weatherill, 'Article 38 – Consumer Protection' in S. Peers, T. Hervey, J. Kenner and A. Ward (eds), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary (Oxford: Hart 2014)


S R Weatherill, 'Economic Rights and Fundamental Rights' in Sybe De Vries, Ulf Bernitz and Stephen Weatherill (eds), The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU after Lisbon (Hart: Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law 2013)

S R Weatherill, 'The Court’s case law on the Internal Market: “A Circumloquacious Statement of the Result, rather than a Reason for Arriving at it”' in M. Adams, H. De Waele, J. Meeusen and G. Straetmans (eds), Judging Europe’s Judges: The Legitimacy of the case law of the European Court of Justice (Oxford: Hart 2013)


S R Weatherill, 'EU Sports Law: The Effect of the Lisbon Treaty' in A. Biondi, P. Eeckhout and S. Ripley (eds), EU Law After Lisbon (Oxford: OUP. 2012)

S R Weatherill, 'Maximum versus Minimum Harmonization: Choosing between Unity and Diversity in the Search for the Soul of the Internal Market' in NicShuibhne and Gormley (eds), From Single Market to Economic Union: Essays in Memory of John A Usher (OUP 2012)


S R Weatherill, 'Fitting ‘abuse of rights’ into EU law governing the free movement of goods and services' in R. De La Feria and S. Vogenauer (eds), Prohibition of Abuse of Law: a New General Principle of EU Law? (Hart Publishing. 2011)

S R Weatherill, 'Interpretation of Directives: the Role of the Court' in A. Hartkamp, M. Hesselink, E. Hondius, C. Mak and E. Du Perron (eds), Towards a European Civil Code (Wolters Kluwer 2011)


S R Weatherill, 'Bosman changed everything: the Rise of EC Sports Law' in M. Poiares Maduro and L. Azoulai (eds), The Past and Future of EU Law: the Classics of EU law revisited on the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty (Hart Publishing 2010)

S R Weatherill, 'Union Legislation relating to the Free Movement of Goods' in P. Oliver (ed), Oliver on Free Movement of Goods in the European Union (Hart Publishing 2010)


S R Weatherill, 'Competence and Legitimacy' in C. Barnard and O. Odudu (eds), The Outer Limits of European Union Law (Hart Publishing 2009)

S R Weatherill, 'The Influence of EU Law on Sports Governance' in S. Gardiner, R. Parrish and R. Siekmann . (eds), EU Sport Law and Policy: Regulation, Re-regulation and Representation (TMC Asser Press, The Hague 2009)


S R Weatherill, 'A consumer’s appreciation of the contribution of Advocate General Francis Jacobs to the shaping of the EC’s legal order' in P. Moser and K. Sawyer (eds), Making Community Law: The Legacy of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice (Edward Elgar Publishing 2008)


S R Weatherill, 'On overlapping legal orders: what is the ‘purely sporting rule’?' in B. Bogusz, A. Cygan, and E. Szyszczak (eds), The Regulation of Sport in the European Union (Edward Elgar Publishing 2007)

S R Weatherill, 'Who is the ‘Average Consumer’?' in Weatherill and Bernitz (eds), The Regulation of Unfair Commercial Practices under EC Directive 2005/29: New Rules and New Techniques (Hart Publishing 2007)


S R Weatherill, 'Constitutional Issues - How much is best left unsaid?' in S. Vogenauer and S. Weatherill (eds), The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for European Private Laws, Business and Legal Practice (Hart Publishing 2006)

S R Weatherill, 'Diversity between national laws in the internal market' in H. J. Snijders and E.-J. Zippro (eds), Divergences of Property Law, an obstacle to the internal market? (Sellier European Law Publishers 2006)

S R Weatherill, 'European Private Law and the Constitutional Dimension' in F. Cafaggi (ed), The Institutional Framework of European Private Law (Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Volume XV/2). (OUP 2006)

S R Weatherill, 'Minimum Harmonisation as Oxymoron? The Case of Consumer Law' in H.-W. Micklitz (ed), Verbraucherrecht in Deutschland – Stand und Perspektiven (Tagungsband der 1. Bamberger Verbraucherrechtstage) (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2006)

S R Weatherill, 'Supply of and demand for internal market regulation: strategies, preferences and interpretation' in N. Nic Shuibhne (ed), Regulating the Internal Market (Edward Elgar 2006)


S R Weatherill, 'Finding a Role for the Regions in Checking the EU’s Competence' in Weatherill and Bernitz (eds), The role of regions and sub-national actors in Europe (Hart Publishing 2005)


S R Weatherill, 'Sport as Culture in European Community Law' in R. Craufurd Smith (ed), Culture in European Union Law (OUP 2004)

S R Weatherill, 'The Internal Market' in S. Peers and A. Ward (eds), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Politics, Law and Policy (Hart Publishing 2004)

S R Weatherill, 'Why Harmonise?' in P. Tridimas and P. Nebbia (eds), European Union Law for the Twenty-First Century: Rethinking the New Legal Order, Volume 2 (proceedings of the 2003 W.G. Hart Workshop (Hart 2004)


S R Weatherill, 'Activism and Restraint in the European Court of Justice' in P. Capps, M. Evans and S. Konstadinidis (eds), Asserting Jurisdiction: International and European Legal Perspectives (Hart Publishing 2003)

S R Weatherill, 'Competence' in De Witte (ed), Ten Reflections on the Constitutional Treaty for Europe. (EUI, Robert Schuman Centre. 2003)

S R Weatherill, 'The regulation of e-commerce under EC law: the distribution of competence between home and host States as a basis for managing the internal market' in H. Snijders and S. Weatherill (eds), E-commerce law: National and Transnational Topics and Perspectives (Kluwer 2003)


S R Weatherill and others, 'Legitimacy, Accountability and Delegation in the European Union' in Arnull and Wincott (eds), Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union (OUP 2002)

S R Weatherill, 'Pre-emption, Harmonisation and the Distribution of Competence to Regulate the Internal Market' in Barnard and Scott (eds), The Law of the Single European Market, Unpacking the Premises. (Hart Publishing 2002)

Edited books


S R Weatherill (ed), Regulating Unfair Banking Practices in Europe: the Case of Personal Suretyships (OUP 2010)


S R Weatherill (ed), Better Regulation (Hart Publishing 2007)

S R Weatherill (ed), The Regulation of Unfair Commercial Practices under EC Directive 2005/29: New Rules and New Techniques (Hart Publishing 2007)


S R Weatherill and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), The Harmonisation of European Contract Law: Implications for European Private Laws, Business and Legal Practice (Hart Publishing 2006)


S R Weatherill and Ulf Bernitz (eds), The role of regions and sub-national actors in Europe (Hart Publishing 2005)

Internet Publications


S R Weatherill, 'Is constitutional finality feasible or desirable? On the cases for European constitutionalism and a European Constitution' (2002) Constitutionalism Web-Papers (ConWEB), University of Manchester, Paper No 7/2002


Teaching: European Business Regulation; European Union Law; Environmental Law

Research: European Law, Consumer Law, Competition Law

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Correspondence address:

Somerville College
Oxford, OX2 6HD

other affiliation(s):

Centre for Competition Law & Policy

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