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Dr Davor Jancic, FHEA, PhD (Utrecht), LLM (Amsterdam), LLB/LLM (Novi Sad)


Senior Lecturer in Law

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 3166
Room Number: Mile End


Dr Davor Jancic is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At QMUL, he has taught EU Law, Global Law and Governance, Elements of Contract Law, and Public Law. Before joining QMUL, he was Senior Researcher in EU Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague and a British Academy Newton Fellow at the Law Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has also been Associate Lecturer at LSE and Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, where he taught courses in constitutional, European and human rights law. Dr Jancic holds a PhD in European constitutional law from Utrecht University and his doctorate analysed the role of national parliaments in EU decision making. He obtained his LL.M. in International and European Law cum laude from the University of Amsterdam and his LLB summa cum laude from the University of Novi Sad.

Dr Jancic has also taught and/or carried out research as a Visiting Scholar at Renmin University of China Law School (2018), the School of Leadership at the University of Johannesburg (2016), the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2011-2012), Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Lisbon (2010), LSE Law Department (2009), and the Centre for European Studies of Sciences Po Paris (2009).

In 2019, Dr Jancic was appointed Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and in 2018 he won the Teacher of the Year Award at Queen Mary University of London. In 2011, Dr Jancic won the Europe Award from the Montesquieu Institute, The Hague, for the best article in the area of European studies. He also frequently participates in public engagement and policy-related consultancy. From 2014-2016, Dr Jancic acted as a Guest Co-Editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy for a Special Issue on parliamentary diplomacy. He also acted as editor of two volumes, one on national parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the euro crisis (OUP 2017) and another on parliamentary diplomacy in European and global governance (Brill 2017).

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Jancic has so far taught the following modules:

  • LAW4009 and LAW5105: European Union Law
  • LAW4104 Contract Law I: Formation and Vitiation
  • LAW4105 Contract Law II: Terms, Breach and Remedies
  • LAW6454 Global Law and Governance
  • LAW4001 Public Law


Broad research areas

  • EU institutional law and governance
  • Comparative regional integration and regional organisations
  • Democracy and legitimacy beyond the state

Research projects

  • The Changing Role of Citizens in EU Governance. Faced with numerous crises, the people’s trust in the EU is being questioned. However, EU law foresees a host of instruments through which citizens can participate in decision making at the EU level. This projects examines and critically assesses these instruments with a view to determining the benefits and shortcomings of the institutionalisation of the citizen in the European Union.
  • National Parliaments in the EU. This project evaluates the evolution of the role of national parliaments in the European Union after the Lisbon treaty and the euro crisis in order to assess the extent to which they exhibit resilience or resignation in the constitutional setup of the EU. Following up on a conference I organised at LSE in April 2015, the project expanded into a book I edited with OUP (2017).
  • European Parliament and EU Foreign Affairs. This research strand approaches the EP as an evolving actor in EU external relations law. It aims to address questions such as empowerment, democratic legitimacy and parliamentary involvement in EU negotiations with third countries and international organisations in areas such as trade, financial cooperation, development cooperation, etc.
  • Parliamentary Diplomacy. As a rising phenomenon in international politics, elected officials have been shaping a role for themselves in the globalised world. This project analyses the international functions of parliaments and parliamentarians in European and global governance. Grounded in a Special Issue I co-edited for the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the project has expanded into a volume with Brill Publishing (2017).
  • Transatlantic Relations. I have worked on a series of projects concerning EU-US and EU-Canada relations, specifically in the sphere of regulatory and parliamentary cooperation. This includes the roles of the US Congress, the European Parliament and national parliaments in TTIP and CETA negotiations, financial services regulation in EU-US relations, and other aspects.
  • Comparative Regional Integration. I have done research into the different dimensions of democratic governance in regional integration projects in South America (with a focus on Brazil) and Africa (with a focus on regional parliaments). This component of my research is ongoing

Funded research

  • UACES Small Event Grant (2019)
  • Queen Mary Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, workshop grant (2018)
  • Newton International Fellowship (2013-2014), awarded by the British Academy and Royal Society for postdoctoral research at LSE
  • Max Planck Postdoc Research Fellowship, awarded by Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2011-2012)
  • Wiarda Research Fellowship of Utrecht University (2009), awarded for doctoral research at LSE



  • “Regional Parliaments and African Economic Integration”, European Journal of International Law, 30, No. 1, 2019, pp. 199-228. Click here to download the article
  • “The European Parliament and Development Cooperation: Democratic Participation in the ‘Low Politics’ of EU External Relations” (with Paul James Cardwell), Journal of European Integration, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2019, pp. 365-381. Click here to download the article
  • “EU-China Strategic Partnership: Executive Visions of Parliamentary Involvement”, EU-China Observer, No. 2, 2019, pp. 4-7. Click here to download the article
  • “Better Regulation and Post-Legislative Scrutiny in the European Union”, European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2019, pp. 137-153. Click here to download the article
  • “TTIP and Legislative-Executive Relations in EU Trade Policy”, West European Politics, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017, pp. 202-221. Click here to download the article
  • “National Parliaments and EU Fiscal Integration", European Law Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2016. pp. 225-249. Click here to download the article
  • “The Role of the European Parliament and the US Congress in Shaping Transatlantic Relations: TTIP, NSA Surveillance and CIA Renditions”, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2016, pp. 896-912. Click here to download the article
  • “World Diplomacy of the European Parliament”, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 11, Nos. 2&3, 2016, pp. 121-143. Click here to download the article
  • “Introduction The Rise of Parliamentary Diplomacy in International Politics” (with Stelios Stavridis)The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 11, Nos. 2&3, 2016, pp. 105-120. Click here to download the article
  • “Transatlantic Regulatory Interdependence, Law and Governance: The Evolving Roles of the EU and US Legislatures”, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Vol. 17, 2015, pp. 334-359. Click here to download the article
  • “The Game of Cards: National Parliaments in the EU and the Future of the Early Warning Mechanism and the Political Dialogue”, Common Market Law Review Vol. 52, No. 4, 2015, pp. 939-976. Click here to download the article
  • “Globalizing Representative Democracy: The Emergence of Multilayered International Parliamentarism, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2015, pp. 197-242.
  • “The Juncker Commission's Better Regulation Agenda and Its Impact on National Parliaments", Special Issue 'Parliaments, Public Opinion and Parliamentary Elections in Europe' (ed. by Cristina Fasone et al.), EUI Working Paper MWP 2015/18, pp. 45-54. Click here to download the article
  • “Multilayered International Parliamentarism: The Case of EU-Brazil Relations”, LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Paper no. 17/2014. Click here to download the article
  • “The French Parliament: A European Scrutineer or National Actor?”, European Public Law, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2013, pp. 129-159. Click here to download the article
  • “Representative Democracy across Levels: National Parliaments and EU Constitutionalism”, Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, Vol. 8, 2012, pp. 227-265. Click here to download the article
  • “The Barroso Initiative: Window Dressing or Democracy Boost?”, Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2012, pp. 78-91.
  • “The Portuguese Parliament: Blazing the Trail to the European Scrutiny Trophy?”, Interdisciplinary Political Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2011, pp. 93-108. Click here to download the article
  • “The European Political Order and Internet Piracy: Accidental or Paradigmatic Constitution-Shaping?”, European Constitutional Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2010, pp. 430-461. (Europe Award for Junior Academics). Click here to download the article
  • “Caveats from Karlsruhe and Lisbon: Whither Democracy after Lisbon?”, Columbia Journal of European Law, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2010, pp. 337-385. (Ius Commune Research School Honourable Mention). Click here to download the article

Books & special issues

 Chapters in books

  • “EU-Canada Strategic Partnership and CETA: The Tale of Legislative Trade Diplomacy”, in Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations, by Kolja Raube et al. (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019, pp 465-483. Click here to download the chapter
  • “The Democratic Puzzle of ‘Living’ Megaregional Agreements: TTIP and TPP”, in The Democratization of EU International Relations through EU Law, by Juan Santos Vara and Soledad R. Sánchez-Tabernero (eds), Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, pp. 97-114. Click here to download the chapter
  • “Institutionalising Transatlantic Business: Financial Services Regulation in TTIP”, in Institutionalisation beyond the Nation State: Transatlantic Relations – Data, Privacy and Trade Law, by Elaine Fahey (ed.), Berlin: Springer, 2018, pp. 111-127. Click here to download the chapter
  • “Accountability of the European Central Bank in a Deepening Economic and Monetary Union”, in National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation?, by Davor Jancic (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 141-158. Click here to download the chapter
  • “EU Law’s Grand Scheme on National Parliaments: The Third Yellow Card on Posted Workers and the Way Forward”, in National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation?, by Davor Jancic (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 299-312. Click here to download the chapter
  • “The Legacy of an Evolving Polity: Democracy, National Identity, and the Good Functioning of the EU”, in National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation?, by Davor Jancic (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 1-21. Click here to download the chapter
  • "Parliamentary Involvement in the Economic and Monetary Union after the Euro Crisis", in Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution, by Nicola Lupo and Cristina Fasone (eds), (Oxford: Hart Publishing), 2016, pp. 183-204.
  • “Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Promotion in EU Enlargement Policy in the Western Balkans” (with Tamara Takacs), in Fundamental Rights in International and European Law: Public and Private Law Perspectives, by Cristophe Paulussen et al. (eds), (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer), 2015, pp. 123-141. Click here to download the chapter
  • “Transnational Parliamentarism and Global Governance: The New Practice of Democracy”, in The Actors of Postnational Rulemaking: Contemporary Challenges of European and International Law, by Elaine Fahey (ed), (London: Routledge), 2015, pp. 113-132. Click here to download the chapter
  • “The Transatlantic Connection: Democratising Euro-American Relations through Parliamentary Liaison”, in The European Parliament and Its International Relations, by Stelios Stavridis and Daniela Irrera (eds), (London: Routledge), 2015, pp. 178-196. Click here to download the chapter
  • “The Portuguese Parliament and EU Affairs: From Inert to Agile Democratic Control”, in Palgrave Handbook on National Parliaments and the European Union, by Claudia Hefftler et al. (eds), (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), 2015, pp. 366-388.
  • “The European Parliament and EU-US Relations: Revamping Institutional Cooperation?”, in A Transatlantic Community of Law: Legal Perspectives on the Relationship between the EU and US Legal Orders, by Elaine Fahey and Deirdre Curtin (eds), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2014, pp. 35-68. Click here to download the chapter
  • “The European Union in the Portuguese Assembly: Scrutinising Primary and Secondary EU Decision Making”, in Portugal e as Organizações Internacionais: Comportamentos, Mensagens e Impactos, by Alice Cunha et al. (eds), (Lisbon: Coleção de Estudos Políticos do Observatório Político), 2014, pp. 175-210. Click here to download the chapter
  • “Recasting Monism and Dualism in European Parliamentary Law: The Lisbon Treaty in Britain in France”, in Basic Concepts of Public International Law: Monism and Dualism, by Marko Novakovic (ed.), (Belgrade: University of Belgrade, Institute of Comparative Law and Institute of International Politics and Economics), 2013, pp. 803-829. Click here to download the chapter
  • “Parliamentary Diplomacy in the European Union”, in De Samengestelde Besselink: Bruggen Bouwen Tussen Nationaal, Europees en International Recht, by Henk Kummeling et al. (eds), (Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers), 2012, pp. 109-119.
  • L. Besselink, B. van Mourik, D. Jancic et al. “The Netherlands: The Role of the States General within the European Union” in The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union: Proceedings of the FIDE XXIV Congress Madrid 2010 – Vol. 1, by Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesias and Luis Ortiz Blanco, (Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid), 2010: pp. 487-517.

Review articles

  • “Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights” (OUP 2016, by Alice Donald and Philip Leach), Common Market Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2018, pp. 302-304.
  • “National and Regional Parliaments in the EU-Legislative Procedure Post-Lisbon: The Impact of the Early Warning Mechanism” (Hart Publishing 2017, ed. by Anna Jonsson Cornell and Marco Goldoni), European Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 6, 2017, pp. 923-927.
  • Multilayered Representation in the European Union: Parliaments, Courts and the Public Sphere” (Nomos 2012, ed. by Tatjana Evas, Ulrike Liebert, and Christopher Lord), Common Market Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2013, pp. 1852-1854.
  • “National Parliaments and European Democracy: A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism” (Europa Law Publishing 2007, ed. by Olaf Tans, Carla Zoethout and Jit Peters), Common Market Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 5, 2008, pp. 1552-1554.


Current PhD supervision

  • Tinahy Andriamasomanana, “The Court of Justice of the European Union and Policy Change: Analysing the Influence of the CJEU on Justice and Home Affairs Policies” (2018-now)

Previous PhD supervision

  • Yuan Hui, “Legal Harmonization of Personal Data Protection in Cyberspace” (January-June 2019, visiting PhD student from Renmin University of China Law School)
  • Natalie Leibrandt-Loxton, “South Africa’s Parliamentary Diplomacy 1994-2014: Developing International Agency as a Soft Power Tool” (2018, external PhD examiner, University of Johannesburg)

Dr Davor Jancic welcomes proposals for doctoral supervision in the following areas:

  • General EU institutional law and governance
  • Parliamentary affairs in European integration
  • Democracy in Europe/European Union
  • EU decision making
  • EU economic and financial governance
  • Comparative regional integration and global governance
  • Comparative constitutional law
  • Institutional aspects of EU foreign affairs
  • Transatlantic relations (e.g. EU-US, EU-Canada)
  • Governance of EU trade agreements

Please get in touch at to discuss your ideas.

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