Rufat Babayev

Lecturer in European Law
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2338

Personal details

LLB (BSU), LLM (Leiden), PhD (Durham)

I joined the School of Law in January 2013. Prior to the appointment at Leicester, I worked as a lecturer and tutor at Durham University and as an associate lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. I taught EU Constitutional Law and EU Internal Market Law. I completed my PhD at Durham University, where I was awarded with a Doctoral Fellowship. My doctorate examined the role of the EU principle of equal treatment on grounds of nationality and movement in determining the choice of the law governing cross-border contractual, non-contractual and other civil law relationships in the European Union. I also hold an LLB from Baku State University (Baku), an MA from Central European University (Budapest) and an LLM from Leiden University (Leiden).


My current research interests predominantly lie in the areas of:

  • EU Law (Internal Market, Social Security, Immigration)
  • Contract Law
  • Private International Law

I am particularly interested in the role of human rights norms in the economic construction of the EU internal market and possible implications of EU law in the traditional sphere of private law. I am also involved in exploring issues related to labour migration in the EU. In 2019, I completed an empirical research project which, funded by the British Academy Small Research Grant scheme, looked into the status of EU nationals' welfare entitlements in the UK in the pre- and post-Brexit legal and political landscape.



  • Private autonomy and the contours of its protection within the EU internal market framework, Hart Publishing 2022 (Forthcoming)

Articles/book chapters

  • Setting out the boundaries of jobseekers’ residence status: Case C-710/19 G.M.A. v État belge (under review for publication in the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law)
  • Duality of economic freedom protection in the interplay of Art.16 CFR and Art.102 TFEU, 45 European Law Review 2020, pp. 694-712
  • 'A blurred piece of jigsaw: on the status of jobseekers within the framework of Directive 2004/38', 22 European Journal of Migration and Law 2020, pp. 571-596
  • 'Re-shaping the paradigm of social solidarity in the EU: on the UK’s welfare reforms and pre- and post-EU referendum developments', 18 European Journal of Social Security (2016), pp. 356-379
  • 'Private autonomy at Union level: On Article 16 CFREU and free movement rights', 53 Common Market Law Review (2016), pp. 979–1005
  • “Contractual discretion and the Limits of Free Movement Law”, 23 European Review of Private Law (2015), pp. 875–898
  • ‘Equal treatment on grounds of movement and Union choice-of-law rules under Article 81 TFEU’, 19 Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (2012), pp. 63-83
  • ‘Exploring the fate of the lex loci laboris rule and its exclusive effect under Regulation 883/2004: annotation to Case C-352/06 Bosmann [2008] ECR I-03827’, 1 European Journal of Social Law 2011, pp. 76-88

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