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I am interested in supervising PhD researchers in European Union Legal Studies (with a focus on how the law on EU socio-economic integration impacts on societies in Member States and Neighbouring Countries), Comparative Labour Law, EU and comparative anti-discrimination law. Projects such as "Withdrawing from the EU - consequences for EU law and Policy", "EU Neighbourhood - legal approximation in employment law", "EU Neighbourhood - legal approximation in anti-discrimination law", "Protecting EU citizens in the EU Neighbourhood - Challenges for the EU legal system" would be of particular interest (I support writing funding applications as well)

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Research Focus

Dagmar Schiek is a professor of law and holds a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in EU Law and Policy. She directs the Centre of European and Transnational Studies (CETS), which comprises Queen's University Belfast's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE). The JMCE' 3 year research programme "Tensions at the Fringes of the European Union" (TREUP) was funded by the European Commission until  August 2018, and is continued through CETS. 

Her current research in European Union Law and Comparative Law with specific expertise in labour law straddles two fields:

First, she develops a critical legal studies perspective on the EU’s unique socio-economic model, its impact on global governance and the interrelation of economic integration within the EU and Europe’s societies. 

Second, she is an internationally acknowledged expert in European Union antidiscrimination law and policy.

From 2016, she has also contributed to the "Brexit debate", with a focus on how the EU should react to the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, in particular with a view to the position of Northern Ireland. 

Professor Schiek welcomes applications for PhD supervision and research cooperation in her fields of specialisation and is prepared to offer PhD supervision in all fields of European Union Law, Comparative Law and Labour Law.

Research Interests

Professor Schiek’s unique contribution to EU socio-economic law consists on the one hand in redefining the EU’s constitutional law in ways that enable the Union to meet the challenges of economic and social integration, and on the other hand in promoting transnational social governance as a concept adding to the institutional governance (of the EU)  In deriving those concepts she uses interdisciplinary methods, including empirical and discursive analysis of case law, in particular the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In the field of European and international anti-discrimination law, Professor Schiek focuses on intersectional inequalities, for example by convening two European Conferences on Multidimensional Equality Law (Oldenburg 2007Leeds 2009) and by contributing to the third “Equal is Not Enough” conference in Antwerp (February 2015) and leading a mentoring project for a research consortium investigating intersectional inequalities and welfare provision in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia (2014-2015).

From 2008, she has held two consecutive research grants on the EU’s socio-economic constitutionalism (2008-20102011-2014), and has led a research study for the European Parliament on EU social and labour rights under internal market law, in cooperation with colleagues from CERIC (Leeds). 

 Her first English monograph, “Economic and Social Integration - the Challenge for EU Constitutional Law” (2012), is based on the discursive analysis of case law; and her latest edited collection investigates “The EU Economic and Social Model after the Global Crisis: interdisciplinary perspectives” (Ashgate, 2013). She is committed to publish the fourth edition of her "European Labour Law" (in German, last edition of 2007) in 2020, to author a new edition of "A Critical Introduction to European Law" with Cambridge University Press (last edition of 2009, co-author Ian Ward) and also holds a book contract for "EU Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy - A Critical Appraisal" (Edward Elgar). A full list of publications is part of the extended cv, which can be found here

Since coming to Belfast, Dagmar has acquired funding for two PhD projects investigating the effective combat of intersectional inequalities through implementation of EU anti-discrimination law in countries which pursue so-called consociationalism in their political constitutions (Biljana Kotevska compared 3 countries of the former Yugoslavia, and Clare Rice compared Belgium and Northern Ireland, Clare passed her viva on 10 January 2020, and Biljana on 24 March 2020). Intersectionality is also one of the theoretical underpinnings of the PhD research conducted by Soibi Goodwin-Clark (funded by the Nigerian government). Soibi investigates the challenges of implementing international law protection of mentally disabled children in a state in which federal and state laws compete with customary laws, focusing on inequalities at the intersection of childhood (age) and disability.

Professor Schiek is looking forward to supervising a funded MRes/PhD project from autumn 2020, conducted by Aislinn Fanning on the future of Anti-Discrimination Law in Northern Ireland after "Brexit", as well as becoming the 2nd supervisor for a second project on "Northern Ireland's hybrid status" between the EU and the UK after "Brexit" (Dylan Wilkinson)


Dagmar Schiek is active in the University Association of Contemporary European Studies, an individual member of the IUS COMMUNE research school and affiliated to Euro-CEFG, and a member of the journal advisory boards of the Maastricht Journal of Comparative and European Law, and Kritische Justiz (Critical Legal Studies, Germany).

Dagmar Schiek has held a number of visiting faculty positions at various institutions including London School of Economics, Maastricht University (Faculty of Law – METRO), University of Hamburg and Ulster University, lastly (2081/19) at the law faculty of European University Viadrina in Frankfurt a.d. Oder (Germany). 

She also held a number of expert roles. For example, she was an International Scholar under the Higher Education Support Program by the Open Society Institute Budapest, advising Kyiv Mohyla Academy Law School in the Ukraine on the structure of their academic programmes at all levels, and offering research mentoring to faculty members. She has been a Member of the European Commission’s Legal Expert Network on application of Community Law on equal treatment between women and men for more than 10 years from 2000, initially as German national expert, and later as ad hoc expert. She teaches regularly at the Academy of European Law in Trier. Having held an ordinary Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law from 2000, she was awarded a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in 2011 for her ongoing research on interdisciplinary perspectives on European economic and social integration. To qualify for this award, applicants have to deliver evidence of a high-level international teaching and publication record that was achieved, at least in part, outside their country of residence.


Dagmar Schiek is Professor of Law with a focus on European Union Law, Comparative Law and Labour Law.

Before joining Queen’s, Dagmar held the Chair in EU Law at University of Leeds (Britain) from August 2007 to October 2014, where she also was Director of the Centre of European Law and Legal Studies (which is now dissolved). She has been Professor of European Economic Law at Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg (Germany, 10/1999-7/2007), where she was also the Director of the Hanse Law School (2002-2007) and one of altogether five deans of student education (2002-2006). Before becoming a professor she was Associate Professor of Civil and Labour Law at Bremen University (11/1993-9/1999), and lecturer for civil and labour law at Bundeswehruniversität Hamburg (7/1989-2/1990). She has also been visiting faculty at the Universities of the London School of Economics (Britain), Maastricht (The Netherlands), Ulster University (Northern Ireland), Hamburg and Gießen (both Germany). From 1990 to 1993 she advised German states governments in Berlin and Hessen on constitutional, employment and equality law and drafted these states anti-discrimination legislation.

Dagmar Schiek graduated from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1988 with first degrees in law and journalism (additional subject), which were all awarded with distinction. She also is eligible to hold juridical office in Germany (Groβe Juristische Staatsprüfung). She holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg (1992), on the basis of a thesis asking the question “Is lifting the ban on women’s nightwork in Europe a straight road to equality?” The thesis analyses the change necessary to transform specific protective workplace legislation preventing women from certain occupation into protective legislation enabling all workers to maintain their general health while caring for their family and being employed. She has been granted the venia legend (authority to teach) in German and European Civil and Labour Law by University of Bremen (1999). This was on the basis of her Habilitation thesis on “Justice Differentiated? Protection against Discrimination in Contract Law” (published in German by Nomos publishers, 2000) and her inauguration lecture on “A sustainable legal frame for e-commerce” (not published).

Professor Schiek's full academic cv can be found here


European Union Law (at all levels)

Employment Law

Labour Law and Multinational Economies

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    How Can and Should the European Union respond to COVID-19 beyond short-termism….?

    Schiek, D., 29 Apr 2020, 4 p. QPOL (QUB).

    Research output: Other contribution

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  • A European Social Union after the Crisis - Frank Vandenbroucke, Catherine Barnard, Geert de Baere (eds): Reviewed by Dagmar Schiek

    Schiek, D., 05 Oct 2019, In : European Law Review. 44, 4, p. 582-585 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


    Collective bargaining and the care challenge as “new” social security theme – a supranational (EU) perspective

    Dagmar Schiek (Invited speaker)

    23 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Equalities, Citizenship and European Disintegration

    Dagmar Schiek (Chair), & Sara Clavero (Invited speaker)

    17 Jan 201930 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    OECD: Own Account Workers and Collective Bargaining

    Dagmar Schiek (Invited speaker)

    14 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Combatting Religious Discrimination at the Workplace

    Dagmar Schiek (Invited speaker)

    12 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Plunging from Olympus and Hoping to Climb Up Again? "Brexit" as an English Tragedy

    Dagmar Schiek (Invited speaker)

    29 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Press / Media

    Voting continues around Ireland, Professor Dagmar Schiek weighs in

    Dagmar Schiek


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Prof. Dagmar Schiek on a no deal BREXIT for Northern Ireland

    Dagmar Schiek


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Brexit Parlament Zwangspause war illegal

    Dagmar Schiek


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment



    Consociationalism and Equality within the European Union: A Socio-Legal Study of Community Identity and Gender in Northern Ireland and Belgium

    Author: Rice, C., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Schiek, D. (Supervisor) & Galligan, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Equality and non-discrimination in the post-Yugoslav space: Intersectionality under law in Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia

    Author: Kotevska, B., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Schiek, D. (Supervisor) & McCrudden, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy