Martin Westlake is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE European Institute. He has spent over four decades studying European integration and working in European Union government and politics. Having completed a first degree in philosophy, politics and economics at University College, Oxford, he went on to take a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna Center) and a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. Since beginning his professional life as a clerk to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, he has worked in the Council of Ministers and the European Commission, with the European Parliament and, since 2003, in the European Economic and Social Committee, where he served as Secretary General, 2008-2013. Martin Westlake has published widely on the European institutions and on European and British politics. He is also the author of a major political biography (Kinnock, The Biography). He has occupied a number of visiting positions and, from 2000 to 2005, was a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching a seminar on the European Parliament. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the College, running a research seminar on Constitutional, Institutional and Political Reform in the EU.
At the European Institute he co-chairs and co-organizes, together with Visiting Professor in Practice Anthony Teasdale, the 'European Union in Practise: Politics and Power in the Brussels System' seminar series.
As David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow, Martin Westlake is running an innovatory seminar series in Lent (2019) term that brings together practitioners from the European Union institutions and theoreticians from the Department of International Relations under the umbrella title of 'The European Union's New Foreign Policy.' Topics being covered will include the EU's championing of multilateralism, its new neighbourhood policy, the role of values and interests in EU foreign policy, the EU's growing policy stance towards the Arctic region, the EU's trade policy in turbulent times, and the creation and management of the European External Action Service. In Summer term Martin Westlake plans to organise two wrap-up conferences, one at the LSE and one in Brussels, with retrospective and perspective consideration of the EU's new foreign policy.