Professor Damian  Chalmers

Professor Damian Chalmers

Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 5.07

About me

Please note: Professor Chalmers is on leave during 2017/18.

Damian Chalmers is Professor of European Union Law and UK in a Changing Europe ESRC Senior Fellow. His visiting positions include being a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2003-2004) and Visiting Professorships at the College of Europe and the Instituto de Empresa.

Research interests

I am interested in the relationship between European Union law and its and domestic systems of government. I am currently working on a number of topics. The central one is if the European Union can never by democratic what processes could be installed to protect democracy within the United Kingdom if it wishes to remain within the European Union. The other project on which I am working looks at the patterns of litigation before EU courts to see who really uses EU law and whether that should shape how we look at it. My medium term project is a monograph on what vision of the human condition is taken by EU law. My assumption is that this vision of ourselves is both the central identifying element of EU law and one of its most challenging elements.

External activities

  • Editorial Boards of Global Constitutionalism, Journal of Business Law Education, Croatian Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Fundação Getulio Vargas Law Review and Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.

  • Strauss Fellow, NYU (2011); Fellow of Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (2011); Visiting Professorships NUS (2012), Fundação Getulio Vargas (2010)



The End of the Eurocrats’ Dream (2016, CUP) (ed. with M. Jachtenfuchs & C. Joerges) 

This volume argues that the crisis of the European Union is not merely a fiscal crisis but reveals and amplifies deeper flaws in the structure of the EU itself. It is a multidimensional crisis of the economic, legal and political cornerstones of European integration and marks the end of the technocratic mode of integration which has been dominant since the 1950s. The EU has a weak political and administrative centre, relies excessively on governance by law, is challenged by increasing heterogeneity and displays increasingly interlocked levels of government. During the crisis, it has become more and more asymmetrical and has intervened massively in domestic economic and legal systems. A team of economists, lawyers, philosophers and political scientists analyze these deeper dimensions of the European crisis from a broader theoretical perspective with a view towards contributing to a better understanding and shaping the trajectory of the EU.

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 Oxford Handbook of EU Law (2015, OUP) (ed. with A. Arnull)

Since its formation the European Union has expanded beyond all expectations, and this expansion seems set to continue as more countries seek accession and the scope of EU law expands, touching more and more aspects of its citizens' lives. The EU has never been stronger and yet it now appears to be reaching a crisis point, beset on all sides by conflict and challenges to its legitimacy. Nationalist sentiment is on the rise and the Eurozone crisis has had a deep and lasting impact. EU law, always controversial, continues to perplex, not least because it remains difficult to analyse. What is the EU? An international organization, or a federation? Should its legal concepts be measured against national standards, or another norm?

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European Union Law  (2014, CUP) (with G. Davies and G. Monti) 

This eagerly awaited new edition has been significantly revised after extensive user feedback to meet current teaching requirements. The first major textbook to be published since the rejuvenation of the Lisbon Treaty, it retains the best elements of the first edition – the engaging, easily understandable writing style, extracts from a variety of sources showing the creation, interpretation and application of the law and comprehensive coverage. In addition it has separate chapters on EU law in national courts, governance and external relations reflecting the new directions in which the field is moving. The examination of the free movement of goods and competition law has been restructured. Chapter introductions clearly set out what will be covered in each section allowing students to approach complex material with confidence and detailed further reading sections encourage further study. Put simply, it is required reading for all serious students of EU law.

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European Union Public Law (With Adam Tomkins) (2007, Cambridge University Press, lix, 501 pp)

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