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Steve Peers

Steve Peers is a Professor of EU Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Essex.

He is the co-author of a recent book and a number of articles on the EU Citizenship Directive, and the author of a forthcoming book on the legal consequences of British withdrawal from the EU or renegotiation of EU membership.

He is also the author of 3 editions of EU Justice and Home Affairs Law, the co-author of EU Immigration and Asylum Law: Text and Commentary, the co-editor of the Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and a recent textbook on European Union Law, the author of dozens of other articles on EU Law, the editor of the EU Law Analysis blog, a consultant and speaker on EU law issues, and a frequent contributor to the work of the UK Parliament, the EU institutions and a number of NGOs (including the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association) on EU law.  

Latest Articles

Brexit: the Prime Minister sets the wrong course

Today’s speech by Prime Minister Theresa May gave a number of indications as to the government’s intentions as regards implementing Brexit. Overall, while the speech contained some welcome parts, it made fundamentally the wrong decision about the country’s future.

Are you an undecided or uncertain voter? Here’s the case to Remain in the EU

  It’s nearly the end of this long referendum campaign. If you’re still an undecided voter, or wavering about your choice, or if you know someone who is either of those things, I’d like to set out the arguments why I believe you should vote to stay in the European Union.  

Who's right, David Cameron or Michael Gove?

David Cameron's EU deal is binding, but limited – but British voters will be more swayed by what they think of EU membership in the first place in the referendum.

Ten ways in which life could change if the UK left the EU

Read Steve Peers' article outlining what might happen if Britain leaves the EU (c) Guardian News & Media Ltd 

The Referendum Bill - Politics and Law

Publication of the Referendum Bill fired the starting pistol in the process of renegotiating the UK’s membership of the EU, and holding an ‘in-out’ referendum. 

Don’t Rock the Boat: EU leaders do as little as possible to address the migrant crisis

This articles assesses the plan adopted by the European Council at the end of April for addressing the recent crisis of large-scale migrant death tolls crossing the Mediterranean.   The EU seems to  want to do as little as possible to change the current approach to dealing with the crisis, and this looks like a short-term patch-up that offers less than first appears.

The UK general election: a fundamental change to UK-EU relations?

The result of the current British election campaign could be crucial for the future of the UK’s relations with the European Union. What are the parties saying about the EU, and what would the various post-election scenarios mean for the UK’s relations with the EU?  

Fact-checking Nigel Farage: Do most countries ban migrant children from state schools?

According to Nigel Farage the children of migrants should not have access to state schools or health for a number of years after their parents’ entry. He states that this is the norm for most countries, and in particular that his children could not attend state schools if he was in the USA on the basis of a work permit. But the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights say that primary education should be free to all without discrimination.

Catharsis or catastrophe: what next for Greece and the Eurozone?

Syriza has won a large victory in the Greek elections and formed a  coalition with a smaller right-wing anti-austerity party. What is the likely impact upon the EU’s economic and monetary union?    

Damages for breach of EU free movement law: an important Irish judgment

It’s been well over twenty years since the CJEU established, in the case of Francovich, that individuals could sue Member States in damages for breach of EU law. 

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