Researcher Profile: Dr. Laurent Pech
Introducing Laurent Pech
Dr. Laurent Pech holds the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Public Law at the School of Law in NUI Galway. He is also an associate research fellow at the Université Paul Cézanne (Institut Louis Favoreu, Faculty of Law, Aix-en-Provence, France). Laurent received his Ph.D. in Law and LL.M. in Public Law from the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence and a B.A. in Public Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence. He also studied at the University of Limerick and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Laurent currently teaches EU Constitutional Law, EU Substantive Law, EU Competition Law, EU Human Rights Law and Policy and an introductory course on Law and Regulation and was appointed Associate Head for Development and Promotion in September 2010. . In September 2008, he was appointed an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University School of Law for the academic year 2008-09. He is also an associate research fellow at the Université Paul Cézanne (Institut Louis Favoreu, Faculty of Law, Aix-en-Provence, France) and recently became an associate member of UCD’s “Dublin European Institute”. Laurent is also an External Examiner for the School of Law at Bangor University (Wales) and for the Law Society of Ireland Final Examinations Part 1 in EU Law.
Laurent's Distinguished Career
Prior to working at NUI Galway, Laurent was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Canada Research Chair on Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy. He has also taught law and worked as a legal consultant in countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia or Montenegro, either on behalf of the Council of Europe or in the context of EU-funded training programmes.
Laurent is the author of two books and more than fifty book chapters and articles, on such subjects as the EU’s institutional architecture post Lisbon Treaty, the EU’s common constitutional principles, the scope of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the right to free speech in Europe. His most recent papers are generally available on the website of the Social Science Research Network. In June 2011, Dr. Pech was awarded a European prize for outstanding research on the Lisbon Treaty.