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Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott


Anniversary Chair in Law / School of Law


Professor Douglas-Scott joined Queen Mary in September 2015 as Anniversary Chair in Law. Previously she was Professor of European and Human Rights law at the University of Oxford, and before that Professor of Law at King’s College London. She retains a link with Oxford as honorary research fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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Research Interests:

My main research interests are in global law and governance; the study of the political and legal aspects of EU-China relations in global governance; as well as the comparative study of the rule of law in Europe and Asia. I am particularly interested in the relationship between international law and Chinese law in the areas of international security and trade governance. My recent works include Chinese Perspectives on the Rule of Law and the International Rule of Law: Law and Politics in the One-Party State (Edward Elgar, to be published 2018) and a co-edited volume on China, the European Union, and the Developing World (Edward Elgar, 2015).

Key research areas:

  • EU-China relations in global governance
  • Comparative rule of law
  • Global law


Professor Douglas-Scott has published over 150 articles, books, book chapters and shorter pieces. Some of her work may be found on her SSRN page and academia page.

Below is a selection of her more recent work.


S Douglas-Scott and N Hatzis (eds), Research Handbook on EU Law and Human Rights (Elgar Publishing, 2017 hardcover, 2019 softcover)

Law After Modernity (Hart Publishing 2013)

Constitutional Law of the European Union (Pearson, Longman)

Journal Articles

The Constitutional Implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018: A Critical Appraisal’ Queen Mary School of Law Research paper (2019) (on ssrn)

Brexit, Legal Boundaries and the Power of Images’, in The Power of Images through Art, History, Law and Literature, in special edition of Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture (2019) (also on ssrn)

Human Rights as a Basis for Justice in the European Union’ (2017) 8 Transnational Legal Theory, 59-78 (on ssrn)

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