Dr Davor Jancic is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London and 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 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 LL.B. summa cum laude from the University of Novi Sad.
Dr Jancic has also taught and 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 2018, Dr Jancic 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.
Dr Jancic has so far taught the following modules:
- LAW4009 & LAW5105 European Union Law
- LAW4005 Elements of Contract Law
- 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
- 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
- Newton International Fellowship (2013-2014), awarded by the British Academy and Royal Society for postdoctoral research at LSE: https://royalsociety.org/news/2012/newton-international-fellowships-2012/
- 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. Click here to download the article
- “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. Click here to download the article
- “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
- National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation? (ed.), Oxford University Press (Oxford Studies in European Law series), 2017.
- Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance (ed. with Stelios Stavridis), Brill Publishers (Diplomatic Studies series), 2017.
- Special Issue “Parliamentary Diplomacy Uncovered: European and Global Perspectives" (co-edited with Stelios Stavridis), The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 11, Nos. 2&3, 2016.
- “National Parliaments and European Constitutionalism: Accountability beyond Borders”, PhD Dissertation, Utrecht University, 2011.
- “The Role of the European Council in the Constitutional Legal Order of the European Union”, Novi Sad: Veris Studio, 2007.
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. Click here to download the chapter
- “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. Click here to download the chapter
- “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. Click here to download the chapter
- 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.
- “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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas.
Consultancy, Legal Advice & Training
- UK House of Commons, European Scrutiny Committee, written evidence for the inquiry on ‘Post-Brexit Scrutiny of EU Law and Policy’ (September 2019). Gave policy advice on the organisation of parliamentary scrutiny of EU-related affairs after Brexit and on arrangements to reform internal procedures, streamline cooperation between the Houses of Parliament, and enhance Westminster’s international engagement.
- UK House of Lords, EU Select Committee, Roundtable Seminar on Post-Brexit UK-EU Interinstitutional Relations (22 January 2019). Invited within the framework of the Committee’s examination of the post-Brexit UK-EU interinstitutional relations. Advised committee members on the challenges and avenues for Westminster’s future influence over EU-related matters and on the interparliamentary mechanisms for cooperation and scrutiny.
- “Brexit, Rights, Devolution” Workshop, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London (7 December 2018). Gave a talk on dispute resolution in the revised Withdrawal Agreement.
- Roundtable “Rights Adjudication and Enforcement After Brexit”, Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh (3 July 2018). Gave a talk on the role of the European Court of Justice in Brexit negotiations.
- Oxford Leaders Forum, Saïd Business School, Oxford University (27-28 April 2017). Spoke on the EU and geopolitical challenges for the global economy at a leadership event on ‘Leading through Turbulent Change and Global Challenges’ with CEOs, business and political leaders from around the world.
- British American Business Policy Group, High-Level Briefing, London (25 April 2017). Gave expert advice on the role of the European Court of Justice in Brexit.
- Policy debate “Brexit and Parliaments”, European Parliament Office in London, Panellist (21 February 2017). Spoke as member of an expert panel composed of members of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament.
- European Parliament Study “Impact of Financial Services in Free Trade and Association Agreements on Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Elusion” (April 2016). Grant of the EP Committee on International Trade (INTA). Commissioned by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). Drafted an FTA case report and policy recommendations of the study. Orally presented the study to the INTA Committee in Brussels.
- EU Rule of Law in Montenegro training programme, grant by the European Commission (23-26 November 2015). Delivered a lecture on the EU judicial system and the Court of Justice of the European Union to Supreme Court judges, members of the Supreme State Prosecution Office and advisors in the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro.
- UK House of Lords EU Committee, written evidence for the inquiry on “Visions of EU Reform” (November 2015). Cited in: HL Paper 122 “EU Referendum and EU Reform”, 9th Report of Session 2015-16 of 30 March 2016, Published in: House of Lords, EU Committee, ‘EU Referendum and EU Reform – Evidence Volume’, pp. 287-292.
- Expert consultation with a French Assemblée nationale delegation and the French Ambassador to the Netherlands, The Hague (22 June 2015). Invited to provide expertise on the role of national parliaments in the EU as part of the Assembly’s inquiry into the reform of the scrutiny of EU affairs. Documented in: Assemblée nationale, Commission des affaires européennes, Rapport d’information no. 3195 sur le traitement des affaires européennes à l’Assemblée nationale, 3 November 2015, p. 72, www.assemblee-nationale.fr/14/pdf/europe/rap-info/i3195.pdf.
- MATRA Patrol – Access to Justice Training, grant by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (15-25 March 2015). Delivered training to judges, prosecutors, legal advisers and senior personnel at ministries on access to justice standards laid down in international and European law (international treaties and declarations, European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and Charter of Fundamental Rights, comparative overview of the laws of EU Member States).
- Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), European Affairs Committee (September 2014). Delivered an invited talk to policy makers, parliamentary staff, government lawyers and advisers, and academic community on the EU law principle of subsidiarity and its application in conducting parliamentary scrutiny of draft EU legislation.
- UK House of Lords, EU Select Committee, written evidence for the inquiry on “The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union” (September 2013). Cited in: HL Paper 151“The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union”, 9th Report of Session 2013–14of 24 March 2014. Published in House of Lords, EU Committee, “The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union – Written Evidence”, pp. 99-105.
- European Parliament Study “Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Eurozone Summits” (January 2013).Commissioned as an expert for Notre Europe and TEPSA by DG Internal Policies, Policy Department C – Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, delivered two reports.
- UK House of Lords, EU Select Committee, written evidence for the inquiry on “The Implications of Codecision for National Parliamentary Scrutiny” (April 2009). Cited and published in:HL Paper 125 “Codecision and national parliamentary scrutiny”, 17th Report of Session 2008-09 of 21 July 2009, 96-105.
Press, blogs and policy papers
- “Brexit and Dispute Resolution: The UK’s Mini Victory?”, UK in a Changing Europe, 10 December 2018.
- “Frans Timmermans’ Subsidiarity Proposals Do Not Go Far Enough to Address the EU’s Democratic Deficit”, LSE EUROPP Blog, 26 July 2018.
- “Brexit Britain’s ECJ Problem: Enforcement of Rights Guarantees in the Withdrawal Agreement”, European Futures (Blog of the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh), 23 July 2018.
- “Brexit: Theresa May’s Plan Will Strengthen Rather than Weaken European Legal Control”, The Conversation, 18 July 2018.
- “The Present and Future Challenges of Parliamentary Diplomacy”, Policy Paper commissioned by the Parliament of South Korea and published in the inaugural issue of their diplomatic magazine, January 2018.
- “Legislating for Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill” (cited in), House of Commons Briefing Paper no. 7793, 2 May 2017.
- “Why Some in the City of London Are Feeling Unloved” (cited in), Financial Times, 27 April 2017.
- “Brussels Playbook” (cited in), Politico Europe, 28 April 2017.
- “Why the European Court of Justice Isn’t Going Away”, LSE Brexit Blog, 26 April 2017
- “A Very Parliamentary Brexit: Satire in Two Acts”, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 23 February 2017
- “After Article 50 is Triggered, What Happens Next?” (cited in), New Statesman, 22 February 2017)
- “UK Supreme Court’s Brexit Ruling: Parliamentarisation or Business as Usual?”, Queen Mary University of London Blog, 25 January 2017
- “Sovereignty Safeguards in the UK-EU Settlement”, Verfassungsblog, 8 March 2016.
- “The Soft Power of Parliamentary Diplomacy”, Diplomat Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2015, p. 67.
- “Countering the Debt Crisis: National Parliaments and EU Economic Governance”, LSE Law Policy Briefing Paper, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2014.
- “The Rule of Law Conundrum: Bolstering or Eroding the EU?”, Durham European Law Institute Blog, 3 September 2014.
- “National Parliaments in the EU: Biting the Subsidiarity Bait?”, International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog (I-CONnect), 25 September 2013.
- “The Portuguese Parliament and EU Affairs”, OPAL Country Reports, 2012.
- “Tlc sacrificate sullʼaltare di Sarko” (cited in), Corriere delle Comunicazioni, No. 10, 18 May 2009, p. 2.
- “Telecoms Reform and Interparliamentary Convergence”, Euractiv Analysis, 7 May 2009.
- “Germany’s Important Lisbon Treaty Judgment”, EUobserver, 26 March 2009.
- “New Organ of the European Union: National Parliaments Jointly”, Federal Trust for Education and Research (London), Policy Commentary, February 2008.
- Why Britain should allow the UK and EU Parliaments to talk after Brexit
20 May 2020
- House of Commons publishes evidence by Dr Jancic on post-Brexit scrutiny of EU law
12 September 2019
- Dr Davor Jancic speaks at "EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation" conference
14 May 2019
- Dr Jancic speaks on Brexit in the House of Lords EU Select Committee
25 January 2019
- Dr Davor Jancic discusses the Withdrawal Agreement in a blog for The UK in a Changing Europe
10 December 2018
- 'Frans Timmermans’ subsidiarity proposals do not go far enough to address the EU’s democratic deficit' by Dr Davor Jancic
26 July 2018
- Dr Davor Jancic, assesses the report published on 10 July 2018 by a European Commission: ‘Taskforce on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and Doing Less More Efficiently’.
26 July 2018
- Dr Davor Jancic write on is the European Court of Justice here to stay?
3 May 2017
- Dr Davor Jancic spoke on the role of the European Court of Justice in Brexit negotiations at BritishAmerican Business (BAB) in London
26 April 2017