Stephen Weatherill


Stephen Weatherill was the Jacques Delors Professor of European Law from January 1998 until September 2021, since when he holds that title Emeritus. He also served as Deputy Director for European Law in the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and was a Fellow of Somerville College.

Although he is formally retired he remains active in the study of European Union law. 

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 the author of LAW AND VALUES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (Oxford University Press, 2016), PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE IN EU SPORTS LAW (Oxford University Press, 2017), THE INTERNAL MARKET AS A LEGAL CONCEPT (Oxford University Press, 2017), CONTRACT LAW OF THE INTERNAL MARKET (Intersentia, 2017), EU CONSUMER LAW AND POLICY (Edward Elgar, 3rd edition, 2013), CASES AND MATERIALS ON EU LAW (Oxford University Press, 12th edition, 2016) and co-author of CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW (Ashgate Publishing, 2nd edition, 2005, with Geraint Howells), EUROPEAN ECONOMIC LAW (Dartmouth Publishing, 1997, with Hans Micklitz), and WEATHERILL AND BEAUMONT's EU LAW (Penguin Books, 3rd edition,1999, with Paul Beaumont). The areas in which he has published papers in journals and edited collections, as well as blogposts, 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 EU internal market; sport and the law including the ruling in BOSMAN and its long-term effects and the impact of EU law on the proposed European SuperLeague; the law and practice of product safety; the UK's newly emerged internal market; and the many misrepresentations that propelled and continue to propel Brexit, in particular with reference to the Ireland/ Northern Ireland Protocol and the siting of a hardened regulatory and customs border within the UK.

In Oxford, his teaching interests focused on EU law. He has taught on the European Business Regulation course, as well as Constitutional Principles of EU Law and and Competition Law, offered to BCL and Mjur students, and also taught at undergraduate level. He has supervised dozens of graduate research students, and still carries out these responsibilities today.

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 a long time ago.