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Law at Queen Mary is currently ranked 32nd in the world and has been named among the top 50 universities in the world for law in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London offers a wide range of postgraduate research and taught programmes attracting students from all over the world. We are the largest provider of the LLM programme in the UK offering over 200 law modules for our range of LLM programmes, with campus locations in London and Paris.

Research Centres and Institutes

The research focus of the school is on law and its institutions in modern global society. Which includes both focusing on the constitutive role of law in creating civil society and public institutions, and a commercial focus on its role in constructing global commerce. We use research centres to coordinate activity, foster collaboration and team-working, and develop coherent portfolios of research, from inception to dissemination to new project development.

Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Our Law School is the home to our Centre for Commercial Law Studies, for our postgraduate commercial law programmes. Founded in 1980, Sir Roy Goode decided to create an environment where practising commercial lawyers and those from academia could meet and exchange ideas. His vision was that by bringing together these different perspectives, we would create better outcomes. And so the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) was born.  In 2020 we are celebrating 40 years of being at the forefront of specialist commercial legal education, we are proud to equip legal professionals worldwide with the expertise, knowledge and skills that meet individual needs for career development.


Since 1998 Wolf Legal Publishers (WLP) has been active as an independent legal publisher. With books, journals and reports in the field of (international) criminal law and (international) public law, including human rights, WLP is leading. WLP provides editorial feedback and assistance in the publication of the Legal Research Groups of ELSA.


Patrick Penninckx

Head of the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe

Patrick Penninckx has spent the last 25 years of his career with the Council of Europe, contributing to the transformation processes of the Organisation and developing partnerships with international and national institutions. Currently heading the Information Society Department under the Directorate General Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Patrick coordinates standard setting and cooperation activities in the fields of media, internet governance, data protection and cybercrime.

His professional focus encompasses areas such as freedom of expression, safety of journalists, human rights on the internet and sound internet governance, international standards in the data protection and cybercrime fields and their implementation.
An outspoken public speaker promoting the Council of Europe values and achievements, he holds Political Science and Educational degrees from the University of Leuven.

Previously, Patrick was in charge of Human Resources policy development, transforming the administrative management of personnel into a competency-based human resource policy.

He also led the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe through major changes in membership profile, implementing flexible working methods and innovative human and financial resources management.

Patrick is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch.



What is the Academic Board?

The Academic Board of the International Legal Research Group develops the Academic Framework for the research, provides substantive feedback to the National Research Groups and ensures the overall quality and impact of the Final Report.

Who sits in the Academic Board?

i. Gavin Sutter, Professor at Queen Mary University of London

ii. Guido Westkamp, Professor at Queen Mary University of London

iii. William Echikson, Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies

iv. Katerina Iliadou, Professor at Athens School of Law

v. Snjezana Vasiljevic, Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb

Snjezana Vasiljevic

Prof. Dr Snjezana Vasiljevic, M. Phil (Cambridge), PhD (Zagreb) works as an associate professor of European Public Law, Fundamental Rights in the European Union, European Anti-discrimination Law and European Union Law and European Funds at the University of Zagreb.

She earned her masters (summa cum laude) and doctoral degree from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law. As a British Government Chevening scholar, she earned her M. Phil degree at the Faculty of Law, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, (Darwin College).

She was awarded by the American Bar Association (CEELI) for the best paper in the area of gender equality. In the period between 2012-2016, she worked as an expert member of the Legislative Committee of the Croatian Parliament and since October 2017 she serves as an expert member of the Committee for Justice of the Croatian Parliament.

She specialised in European law and human rights at London School of Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Law, University of Liverpool, Johannes Kepler Univarsität Linz.

She was a visiting fellow at Columbia University, Law School, New York and University of California Los Angeles, School of law. She also works as a national expert for the Fundamental Rights Agency and Council of Europe and lecturer of the Academy of European Law in Trier. She is currently a leader of the Jean Monnet module “EU Law and Gender: Making Equality Effective,” a project granted by the European Commission (2016-2019). Her work is strongly dedicated to European law, human rights, European antidiscrimination law, international women’s rights and ethnic minorities, European identity and diversity.

She has initiated and coordinated numerous projects on trainings of lawyers, civil sector, trade unions and NGOs representatives in Croatia and the Western Balkans. She has held a number of visiting lectures (Columbia University, University of Belgrade, Aleksanteri Institute Finland, European Law Academy Trier, Council of Europe) and presentations at international conferences. She is the editor of four books and the author of a number of articles and chapters in books.

Gavin Sutter

Gavin Sutter read law at the Queen’s University of Belfast, graduating with an LLB Hons (2:1) in 1997, and an LLM in Computers and Law, with Distinction, in 1998. In 1999 he moved to London to take up a twelve-month research assistant’s post with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at QMUL. Twenty-one years later, he is still at CCLS, now as a Senior Lecturer in Media Law. He is responsible for establishing the field of Media Law at CCLS, having introduced a media law module on the LLM with twelve students in 2004, and now teaching eight media-related modules across three different LLM programmes (London, Paris and Online) and the London LLB. In his spare time, he also teaches legal basics and cybersecurity law to Chinese computer engineering undergraduates on the joint QMUL/BUPT degree programme in Beijing, established in 2004 as the first joint degree programme between a UK and a Chinese University. 

Gavin has published widely on various aspects of media law, and his scholarly interests have a particular focus on the regulation of a wide variety of media content, from defamation and privacy through obscene pornography, to the law regulating the reporting of proceedings before the court system. Gavin has spoken at a wide range of national and international academic events throughout his career, in locations as diverse as Berlin, Majorca, Brussels, Tigur Muis (Romania), Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Beijing, Boston, Washington DC, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. He has addressed senior judiciary from Thailand’s IP courts, as well as members of the Sri Lankan Attorney General’s office.  In 2018 he appeared before the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament as an expert witness on defamation reform. He has been a member of the executive of BILETA (British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association) since 2002, acting as its Vice Chair 2011-2013, and Chair 2013-2015. He is also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, and Convenor of the SLS Media & Communications section 2018-2020. In his spare time, he is the founder director of the CCLS Technology, Media & Telecoms law Institute. 

William Echikson

William Echikson is Associate Senior Fellow and Director of the Digital Forum at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.

Before joining CEPS, Mr Echikson worked for six and a half years at Google running corporate communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He launched the company’s Europe blog and led its efforts around data centre government affairs and Internet freedom Issues.

Mr Echikson began his career as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and BusinessWeek. From 2001 until 2007, he served as Brussels Bureau Chief for Dow Jones.

Mr Echikson also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for BBC and America’s Public Broadcasting Service. He is the author of four books, including works on the collapse of communism in Central Europe and the history of the Bordeaux wine region.

An American and Belgian citizen, Mr Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.