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Gareth Davies was a barrister in London before being a University Lecturer at the University of Groningen (2000-2007) and then moving to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2007 to the present). In 2006 he was an Emile Noel Fellow at New York University Law School, and in 2014 a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the EUI. Gareth Davies also teaches at Amsterdam University College. He is the co-author, with Damian Chalmers and Giorgio Monti of EU Law (3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is one of the leaders of the European Constitutionalism theme of ACCESS Europe, an Amsterdam inter-university European studies research platform (


European integration, EU Constitutional law, Free Movement of goods and services, EU citizenship, the UK and the EU, Geoengineering.



EU Internal Market Law
Law, Behaviour and the Functioning of Markets
EU Anti-Discrimination Law
EU Law (Amsterdam University College)
Beginselen Europees Recht (werkgroepen)


Gareth Davies participates in the research programme ‘Boundaries of Law’

His research concerns primarily the division of powers between the EU and Member States, particularly in the context of economic integration. He has written on the internal market, subsidiarity, the preliminary reference procedure, and the balancing of interests in economic law. As part of a VIDI project funded by the Netherlands Scientific Organisation from 2010-2015 he examined the constitutional and policy implications of PPM regulation within the EU. He is currently a co-leader of a Norface funded project, TransJudFare, on the impact of the European Court of Justice on national welfare policies. He also participates in the Amsterdam Global Change Institute, and has written on the law and policy of geoengineering (climate manipulation).

He welcomes applications for external PhD research in his fields of interest, and is also available to supervise PhDs via the ACCESS Europe part-time PhD programme (see

Ancillary activities

  • Europacollege | Brugge | visiting professor | 2017-10-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-23)

Research Output 2007 2017

Achbita v G4S: Religious Equality Squeezed between Profit and Prejudice

Davies, G. 6 Apr 2017

Research output: ScientificOnline publication or Website

Open Access

Between market access and discrimination: free movement as a right to fair conditions of competition

Davies, G. T. 2017 Research Handbook on EU Internal Market Law. Koutrakos, P. & Snell, J. (eds.). Edward Elgar, p. 13-28

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Challenging Right-Wing Extremism in England and Wales and Greece: Tools Available in International, European and National Law

Alkiviadou, N. 2017 541 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Legal and constitutional aspects of Brexit

Davies, G. Apr 2017 In : Tijdschrift voor constitutioneel recht. 8, 2, p. 137-148 12 p.

Research output: ScientificArticle

The Competence to Create an Internal Market: Conceptual Poverty and Unbalanced Interests

Davies, G. 2017 The Division of Competences between the EU and the Member States . Garben, S. & Govaere, I. (eds.). Oxford: Hart, p. 74-89

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter