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Dr Sara Drake

Dr Sara Drake

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

Email:
drakes@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 4367
Location:
2.08, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a Senior Lecturer in European Union (EU) Law and EU Competition Law at Cardiff School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University. My main areas of research are:

  • The role of the individual in EU law, particularly when seeking to enforce EU rights before national courts; the impact of Brexit on individuals' EU rights;
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the enforcement of EU law including those drawn from the field of Regulation and Political Science;

The role of the individual in EU law, particularly when seeking to enforce EU rights before national courts; the impact of Brexit on individuals' EU rights 

My interest in this area of EU law, which dates back to my PhD, takes the individual as its starting point and focuses on how EU law has developed to enable individuals to effectively enforced before national courts. This includes researching the constitutional principles developed by the EU's Court of Justice and how they are applied by national courts. My work has been published in leading European law journals  (European Law Review, European Public Law, Irish Journal for European Law), and has been cited in the English Court of Appeal (Marks & Spencer v. Commissioners for Customs & Excise [2004] 1 CMLR 8 (29), Auld LJ).  I authored the leading journal article on the principle of indirect effect (or consistent interpretation) and it has been in the top 10 downloads from European Law Review via Westlaw since 2012.  I am currently researching the UK's constitutional disentanglement from the EU and its impact on the ability for individuals to enforce their EU-derived rights post-Brexit.

Interdisciplinary approaches to the enforcement of EU law

In 2018, I was awarded funding to jointly co-ordinate the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy (2018-2021).  The CRN draws together scholars from multiple disciplines who are engaged in researching the enforcement of EU law and policy from differen theoretical and empirical perspectives.  The CRN has attended three  international conferences in 2018 (ComplianceNet, UCIrvine, California; ECPR REGGOV 2018, Lausanne, Switzerand; UACES Annual Conference), and will hold further events in 2019. The CRN launched its website in March (www.euenforcement.com) and can be found on Twitter @euenforcement

I am currently engaged in a research project which adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the enforcement of EU law and policy, with a particular focus on air passenger rights   This work builds on research conducted for a book I edited (with Dr. Melanie Smith), New Directions in the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy (2016, Edward Elgar). The research was funded by Cardiff University's Research Leave Fellowship (2014-2015)o develop my work in this area. In 2014, under the auspices of Cardiff University's Centre for European Law and Governance (CELAG), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and funded by the European Commission, I co-organised an interdisciplinary workshop of scholars drawn from the fields of Law, Regulation, and Political Science. This led to the publication of a multi-disciplinary I wrote the lead chapter in the volume, 'More Effective Private Enforcement of EU Law Post-Lisbon: Aligning Regulatory Goals and Constitutional Values' which draws on the regulatory scholarship of Karen Yeung to assess the legal doctrine and institutional design of the EU's framework for enforcing EU rights before national courts. Other aspects of my research draw upon political science theories such as legal mobilisation, adversarial legalism, and Eurolegalism.

I am a graduate in Law with French and have studied at the University of Nantes, France (Erasmus Programme), and Universit├ę de Sciences Sociales, Toulouse, France (Ma├«trise en droit communautaire et international).  Following completion of my PhD, I taught EU law, EU competition law, and Irish contract law, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland, and was appointed Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Public Law in 2001.

I joined Cardiff University in 2003. I was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nantes, France (2004), and Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy (2006). I was appointed UK (Alternate) Member, European Union's Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, from 2007-2011, and twice re-appointed from 2014-2015, 2015-present. From 2008-2011, I was Deputy Convenor for the EU and Competition Law Panel of the Society of Legal Scholars. In 2010, I was invited as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brescia, Italy.

I have acted as expert reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, a reviewer of book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Hart Publishing and Routledge, and a reviewer of journal articles for the European Law Review, Journal of Law and Society and Irish Journal of European Law.

I am currently joint co-ordinator for the UACES Collaborative Network on the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy.

Professional memberships

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)

Member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT)

Member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Academic positions

2001-2003: Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Public Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland.

1999-2001: Temporary Teaching Assistant, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland.

Committees and reviewing

Chair of Board of Undergraduate Studies

Member of Board of Postgraduate Studies

2018

2016

2015

2010

2006

2005

2004

2003

Undergraduate Teaching

Law of the European Union, Module Leader (Year 3)

Postgraduate Teaching

Competition Law, Module Leader

PhD Supervision

Matthew Cole - Tying Law in the European Union: Theory and Application (Complete)

Anneka Owens - Securing Equality Rights and Access to Justice in Wales (+3 ESRC Empiricial Studies in Law Funded Pathway)

My main areas of research are:

  • The role of the individual in EU law, particularly when seeking to enforce EU rights before national courts; the impact of Brexit on individuals' EU rights;
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the enforcement of EU law including those drawn from the field of Regulation and Political Science;

The role of the individual in EU law, particularly when seeking to enforce EU rights before national courts; the impact of Brexit on individuals' EU rights 

My interest in this area of EU law, which dates back to my PhD, takes the individual as its starting point and focuses on how EU law has developed to enable individuals to effectively enforced before national courts. This includes researching the constitutional principles developed by the EU's Court of Justice and how they are applied by national courts. My work has been published in leading European law journals  (European Law ReviewEuropean Public Law, Irish Journal for European Law), and has been cited in the English Court of Appeal (Marks & Spencer v. Commissioners for Customs & Excise [2004] 1 CMLR 8 (29), Auld LJ).  I authored the leading journal article on the principle of indirect effect (or consistent interpretation) which has been in the top 10 downloads from European Law Review via Westlaw since 2012.  I am interested in the UK's constitutional disentanglement from the EU and its impact on the ability for individuals to enforce their EU-derived rights post-Brexit, particularly in the field of equality law.

Interdisciplinary approaches to the enforcement of EU law

I am currently engaged in a research project which is adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the enforcement of EU law and policy, with a particular focus on air passenger rights.  This work builds on research conducted for a book I edited (with Dr. Melanie Smith), New Directions in the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy (2016, Edward Elgar). The research for the book was supported by funding from Cardiff University's Research Leave Fellowship Scheme (2014-2015) and the Centre for European Law and Governance (CELAG), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, funded by the European Commission.

In 2018, I was awarded funding to jointly co-ordinate the UACES Collaborative Research Network on the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy (2018-2021).  The CRN draws together scholars from multiple disciplines who are engaged in researching the enforcement of EU law and policy from different theoretical and empirical perspectives.  The CRN has attended and presented at three international conferences in 2018 (ComplianceNet, UCIrvine, California; ECPR REGGOV 2018, Lausanne, Switzerand; UACES Annual Conference, Bath, UK), and will hold further events in 2019. The CRN launched its website in March (www.euenforcement.com) and can be found on Twitter @euenforcement

Areas of expertise

External profiles