Biography

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 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 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, as well as Constitutional Principles of EU Law and and Competition Law, offered to BCL and Mjur students, and also teaches 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 a long time ago.

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S R Weatherill, 'Did Cassis de Dijon make a difference?' in A Albors-Llorens, C Barnard and B Leucht (eds), Cassis de Dijon: 40 Years On (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2021)
DOI: 10.5040/9781509936663.ch-006
ISBN: 9781509936632
E von Schagen and S R Weatherill, 'Impact Assessments in EU Contract Law' in E von Schagen and S R Weatherill (eds), Better Regulation in EU Contract Law: The Fitness Check and the New Deal for Consumers (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2020)
DOI: 10.5040/9781509928385.ch-001
Impact assessments form an essential part of the European’s Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda. Better regulation has been a central preoccupation of the Commission of late: it has revised the Impact Assessment Guidelines, reformed the Impact Assessment Board, negotiated a new Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Lawmaking, and established the REFIT platform. Thus, the Better Regulation Agenda has continued to function as a major initiative to improve the EU’s impact as a regulator. Within this agenda, the European Commission has attached special importance to ex ante impact assessments. With the newly revised Better Regulation Guidelines, the European Commission has created standards for consultations and ex post evaluations, while also extending the use of combined ex-post evaluations of multiple measures in the form of ‘fitness checks’. Evaluations and fitness checks provide an ‘evidence-based’ judgment of the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and coherence of EU measures, as well as their EU added value. The combination of multiple measures should render fitness checks especially suited to ‘identify excessive regulatory burdens, overlaps, gaps, and inconsistencies’ in EU consumer law. These ambitions echo the criticisms of European contract law presented in previous Green and White Papers and Communications released by the Commission since it first insisted on the need to review and reform the state of EU contract law in 2001, but typically, and in a manner which is different from usual national private law initiatives, the evidence supporting fitness checks is procured from Eurobarometer surveys, commissioned research in the form of expert advice, reports, and interviews, as well as consultations. In turn, this evidence should strengthen impact assessments, as drafters of these frequently have little insight in national practices.
ISBN: 978-1-50992-835-4
S R Weatherill, 'Surrendering the Right to Regulate' in F Amtenbrink et al (ed), The Internal Market and the Future of European Integration: Essays in Honour of Laurence W. Gormley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2019)
DOI: doi:10.1017/9781108565417.009
S R Weatherill, 'Sources and Origins of EU sports law' in J Anderson, R Parrish and B García (eds), Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy (Edward Elgar 2018)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784719500
ISBN: 9781784719494
S R Weatherill, 'The competence to harmonise and its limits' in P Koutrakos and J Snell (eds), Research Handbook on the Law of the EU’s Internal Market (Edward Elgar 2017)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783478101.00010
ISBN: 9781783478095
S R Weatherill, 'The internal market and EU fundamental rights' in S Douglas-Scott & N Hatzis (ed), Research Handbook on EU Law and Human Rights (Edward Elgar 2017)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781782546405.00027
ISBN: 9781782546399
S R Weatherill, 'Consumer Protection' in D Patterson and A Södersten (eds), A Companion to European Union Law and International Law (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell 2016)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119037712.ch20
S R Weatherill, 'Protecting the Internal Market from the Charter' in S. De Vries, U. Bernitz and S. Weatherill (eds), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as a Binding Instrument: Five Years Old and Growing (Oxford: Hart Publishing/ Bloomsbury/ Institute of European and Comparative Law 2016)
S R Weatherill, '‘Justification, Proportionality and Consumer Protection’' in P. Koutrakos, N. NicShuibhne and P. Syrpis (eds), Exceptions from EU Free Movement Law: Derogation, Justification and Proportionality (Bloomsbury/ Hart 2016)
S R Weatherill, '‘The Lex Sportiva and EU Law: the academic lawyer’s path before and after Bosman’' in A. Duval and B. Van Rompuy (eds), The Legacy of Bosman: Revisiting the Relationship between EU Law and Sport (Asser International Sports 2016)
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)
ISBN: 9781849463089
S R Weatherill, 'Viking and Laval: The EU Internal Market Perspective' in M. Freedland and J. Prassl (eds), EU Law in the Member States: Viking, Laval and Beyond (Hart. 2014)
S R Weatherill, '‘Why there is no “principle of mutual recognition” in EU law (and why that matters to consumer lawyers)’,' in K. Purnhagen and P. Rott (eds), Varieties of European Economic Law and Regulation: Liber Amicorum for Hans Micklitz (Springer 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)
ISBN: 9781849464437
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)
ISBN: 9781849463355
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)
ISBN: 9780199695706
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)
ISBN: 1841135917
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)
ISBN: 3935808968
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)
ISBN: 199296049
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)
ISBN: 3832916814
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)
ISBN: 1845420330
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)
ISBN: 1841134880
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)
ISBN: 184113449X
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)
ISBN: 1841134600
S R Weatherill, 'Sport as Culture in European Community Law' in R. Craufurd Smith (ed), Culture in European Union Law (OUP 2004)
ISBN: 0199275475
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)
ISBN: 1841133051
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)
ISBN: 9041199179
S R Weatherill and Menon, 'Legitimacy, Accountability and Delegation in the European Union' in Arnull and Wincott (eds), Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union (OUP 2002)
ISBN: 199255601
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)
ISBN: 1841133442
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)
ISBN: 1841133442

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Journal Article (27)

S R Weatherill, 'The United Kingdom’s Internal Market' (2021) Europarättslig Tidskrift (forthcoming)
ISBN: 2002-3561
S R Weatherill, 'The Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland: Protecting the EU’s internal market at the expense of the UK’s' (2020) 45 European Law Review 222
The Protocol, which is designed to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland "soft" or invisible, offers a story of intellectual intrigue and dismal duplicity. Its intellectual value lies in the confirmation that the EU is, contrary to its rhetoric, prepared to insist on commitment to some but not all of its economic freedoms in particular, and its internal market acquis in general, as the price for keeping one of its external borders unguarded. The consequence, however, is that an as yet imprecisely defined border is required between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, which harms the UK’s own internal market. The duplicity which generated this damaging outcome is emblematic of the dishonesty at the heart of the entire Brexit campaign, the full implications of which are yet to emerge.
S R Weatherill, 'Brexit and Sport – Taking Back Control over Eligibility Rules and Immigration' (2018) 18 International Sports Law Review 11
S R Weatherill, 'Monitoring Subsidiarity: The ‘Soft Power’ of a Reasoned Opinion submitted by a National Parliament' (2016) 19 Europarättslig Tidskrift 57
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
ISBN: 16149920
S R Weatherill, '‘Use and Abuse of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights: on the improper veneration of “freedom contract”’' (2014) (2014) 10 European Review of Contract Law 167
S R Weatherill, 'The Consumer Rights Directive: how and why a quest for “coherence” has (largely) failed' (2012) 49 Common Market Law Review nya
ISBN: 01650750
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
ISBN: 13501763
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
ISBN: 01443054
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
ISBN: 16149920
S R Weatherill, 'The constitutional competence of the EU to deliver social justice' (2006) 2 European Review of Contract Law 136
ISBN: 16149920
S R Weatherill, 'Anti-doping rules and EC law' (2005) 26 European Competition Law Review 416
ISBN: 01443054
S R Weatherill, 'Better Competence Monitoring' (2005) 30 European Law Journal 23
ISBN: 03075400
S R Weatherill, 'Better Competence Monitoring' (2005) 30(1) European Law Review 23
ISBN: 0307-5400
S R Weatherill, 'Competence creep and competence control' (2004) 23 Yearbook of European Law 1
ISBN: 019927469X
S R Weatherill, Norbert Reich and Hans Micklitz, 'EU Treaty Revision and Consumer Protection' (2004) (2004) 27 Journal of Consumer Policy 367
ISBN: 01687034
S R Weatherill, 'Why object to the harmonisation of private law by the EC?' (2004) (2004) 12/5 European Review of Private Law 633
ISBN: 09289801
S R Weatherill, 'Fair Play Please! Recent developments in the application of EC law to sport' (2003) 40 Common Market Law Review 51
ISBN: 01650750
S R Weatherill, 'Can there be common interpretation of European private law?' (2002) 31 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 139
ISBN: 0046578x
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
ISBN: 02100797
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
ISBN: 09596941

Edited Book (8)

Sybe De Vries, Ulf Bernitz and S R Weatherill (eds), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as a Binding Instrument: Five Years Old and Growing (Hart Publishing/ Bloomsbury/ Institute of European and Comparative Law 2016)
Dorota Leczykiewicz and S R Weatherill (eds), The Images of the Consumer in EU Law: Legislation, Free Movement and Competition Law (Hart Publishing/ Bloomsbury/ Institute of European and Comparative Law 2016)
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)
ISBN: 1841135917
S R Weatherill and Ulf Bernitz (eds), The role of regions and sub-national actors in Europe (Hart Publishing 2005)
ISBN: 1841134880

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S R Weatherill, Principles and Practice in EU Sports Law (Oxford University Press 2017)
ISBN: 978-0-19-879365-6
S R Weatherill, The internal market as a legal concept (OUP 2017)
S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law (12th ed OUP 2016)
S R Weatherill, Contract Law of the Internal market (Intersentia 2016)
S R Weatherill, Law and Values in the European Union (OUP 2016)
S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law (11th ed OUP 2014)
ISBN: 9780199685660
S R Weatherill, European Sports Law: Collected Papers (2nd ed T.M.C. Asser Press/ Springer (Den Haag). 2014)
S R Weatherill, EU Consumer Law and Policy (2nd ed Elgar European Law 2013)
ISBN: 978-0-85793-697-4
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)
ISBN: 199282234
S R Weatherill and Geraint Howells, Consumer Protection Law (Ashgate Publishing Company 2005)
ISBN: 754623319
S R Weatherill, EU Consumer Law and Policy (Elgar European Law 2005)
ISBN: 1843769638
S R Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law, (Sixth Edition) (Oxford University Press 2003)
ISBN: 199258783

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