About the centre
The Centre for European Law and Governance (CELAG) is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together the extensive expertise on EU studies present in six schools of Cardiff University, namely the Law School, the Business School, the School of Social Sciences, the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, the School of City and Regional Planning, and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. All these schools rank brilliantly on the UK national research assessment (RAE 2008); Social Sciences, and City and Regional Planning are the best in the country, European Studies is second in the UK, the Business School and Journalism are both fourth, while the Law School is the UK's 7th best.
CELAG has been recognised by the European Commission as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and is co-ordinated by Prof. Stijn Smismans, who holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Governance.
The Centre covers extensive research on the EU, and on issues of European governance in particular, as well on the impact of European policies at the international, national, regional and local level. The Centre's expertise has been actively sought by key European institutions, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions.
The objectives of CELAG are the following:
- providing interdisciplinary research on issues of European governance
- providing advanced teaching, at postgraduate and research level, on European law and governance
- contribute to wider public debate and interaction with civil society in Wales on issues of multi-level governance in the EU
- stimulate broader theoretical reflection on the interplay of law, regulation and governance, and the development of research methodology in this area.
Positioned in the capital of Wales, the Centre pays particular attention to analysing the implications of European law and policies for both national and regional authorities, and to studying the changing nature of governance and citizenship in the multi-level European polity. The Centre profits from a well established relationship with the National Assembly for Wales (in particular the European and External Affairs Committee), the European Commission Representation in Cardiff, and the Wales Governance Centre. Moreover, it can rely on particularly wealthy information resources, such as the Cardiff European Documentation Centre, which provides an exceptionally rich collection of EU resources and is home to the European Sources Online database, and WISERD, the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods.
CELAG thus provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate studies (offering four postgraduate programmes in the field of EU studies), and an excellent research environment for PhD research on European governance.
At the heart of the Cathays Campus, Cardiff Law School functions as the physical hub for the Centre, being centrally placed in between the other five Schools involved in the Centre, and right opposite the Welsh Government. With its long tradition in socio-legal studies and a high number of scholars engaging in interdisciplinary research, it is the perfect welcoming home for an interdisciplinary centre on EU law and governance.