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., ‘Regional Governance, Subsidiarity and Institutional Balance in the EU’s Multi-Level Governance Framework’ (forthcoming, European Public Law February 2013, 12,000 words) Accepted March 2012.
  • Cygan, A., “National Parliaments within the EU Polity - no Longer Losers but Hardly Victorious” (2012) 12 (4) ERA Forum 517-533.
  • Cygan, A., ‘Collective’ Subsidiarity Monitoring by National Parliaments after Lisbon – The Operation of the Early Warning Mechanism in Trybus and Rubini (eds) After Lisbon: the Future of European Law and Policy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, ISBN 978-0-85793-225-6) 55-73.
  • Cygan, A., ‘The Parliamentarisation of EU Decision-Making? The Impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on National Parliaments’ (2011) 36 European Law Review 478-497.
  • Cygan, A., (with L. Spadacini eds.) Constitutional Implications of the Traghetti Judgment: Italian and European Perspectives (Gussago, Bibliofabbrica, 2010. 186 pp ISBN: 978-88-95610-03-0).
  • Cygan, A., ‘State Liability After Traghetti: Have National Courts Finally Been Brought In To Line?’ in Cygan, A  and L. Spadacini eds. Constitutional Implications of the Traghetti Judgment: Italian and European Perspectives (Gussago: Bibliofabbrica, 2010, ISBN: 978-88-95610-03-0) 32-54.
  • Cygan, A., ‘The European Court of Justice and External Relations: Internationalist Objectives or Integrationist Priorities’ in D. Bailey and U. Wunderlich (eds) The Handbook on the EU and Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2010, ISBN 978-1-85743-509-2) 107-119.
  • Cygan, A., ‘Recent Developments in EU Citizenship and Fundamental Rights’ (2009) 58 International Comparative Law Quarterly 1002-1012.
  • Cygan, A., (with Erika Szyszczak) Understanding EU law (London: Sweet and Maxwell, 2008, (2nd edition). lxxxii +373pp. ISBN 978-1-84703-279-9).
  • Cygan, A., ‘Public Healthcare in the European Union: Still a Service of General Interest?’ (2008) 57 International Comparative Law Quarterly 529 - 560.

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