Rufat Babayev

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

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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 Ph.D. 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 LL.B. from Baku State University (Baku), an M.A. from Central European University (Budapest) and an LL.M. from Leiden University (Leiden).



  • Private autonomy and the contours of its protection within the EU internal market framework, Hart Publishing 2020 (Forthcoming)
  • '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


My current research interests predominantly lie in the areas of EU Internal Market Law, EU Conflict of Laws, EU Social Security. I am particularly interested in the possible implications of EU primary and secondary law in the context of the traditional sphere of private law. I am also currently exploring the welfare entitlements of EU nationals in the UK and their possible change in the aftermath of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This is part of the research project funded by the British Academic Small Research Grant. It involves conducting interviews with decision-makers at Jobcentre Plus branches across 16 cities and towns in the UK.

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