Adam Cygan

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LLB (Middlesex), LLM (London), PhD (London), Fellow HEA

I joined the Department in September 2000, having previously lectured at the University of Nottingham and at King's College London, where I also completed my PhD.

I lecture EU law at undergraduate level and I am also the Course Convenor for Land law.


My research interests lie in the field of EU Public law and governance. In particular, this focuses on the relationship between national parliaments and the EU Institutions within the context of the decision-making process.

My current research will lead to the publication of a monograph which examines the contribution made by domestic legislatures to improving accountability and democracy in the EU. The monograph titled Accountability, Parliamentarism and Transparency in the EU: The Role of National Parliaments will be published by Edward Elgar in 2013.

In recent years, I have contributed evidence to several House of Lords inquiries which have considered involvement by national parliaments in EU affairs. I currently participate in a training programme for civil servants and parliamentarians from across the EU Member States, the purpose of which is to promote best practice in the application of the Subsidiarity Early Warning Mechanism.

I also continue to act as an advisor to the EU Affairs Committee of the Sejm on matters concerning the application of the subsidiarity principle. Since 1997, I have also participated in numerous civil service and judicial training programmes in Poland. At present, I am involved in several judicial training programmes for Polish High Court and Supreme Court judges where I deliver sessions in both Polish and English on matters relating to the domestic implementation and application of EU law.

I am a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Brescia and a member of Didactic Council for the PhD in Italian and European Constitutional Law at the University of Verona, where I am also a Visiting Professor.

I have also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw and Charles University in Prague.


  • Cygan, A. Participation by national parliaments in the EU legislative process. ERA Forum (2021).
  • Cygan, A., Lynch, P., and Whitaker, R. (2020) UK Parliamentary Scrutiny of the EU Political and Legal Space after Brexit. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 58: 1605– 1620,
  • Cygan, Adam; Cowie, Graeme (2020): The Prorogation Dispute of 2019: one year on. University of Leicester. Journal contribution.
  • Cygan, A. De-Europeanisation of UK regulatory governance and the future UK–EU trade relationship. ERA Forum 20, 509–529 (2020).
  • Russell, M., Cygan, A., & Bale, T. (Eds.). (2020). Parliament and Brexit. London: Constitution Unit and UK in a Changing Europe.
  • Lynch P, Whitaker RC, Cygan A,  Brexit and the UK Parliament: Challenges and Opportunities in Christiansen, T., & Fromage, D. (Eds.) Brexit and Democracy: The role of parliaments in the UK and the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. European Administrative Governance (2019),
  • Cygan, A., "From Deparliamentarisation to a Parliamentary Renaissance? National Parliaments in the EU Polity" in Garben, Sacha, Inge Govaere, and Paul F. Nemitz. Critical Reflections on Constitutional Democracy in the European Union. (2019).
  • Cygan, A., Legal Implications of Economic Governance for National Parliaments, Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 70, Issue 4, October 2017, Pages 710–727,
  • Cygan, A., "National Parliaments as Guardians of the Principle of Subsdiarity" in Lazowski, A., & Blockmans, S.  Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing (2016),

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