Professor Harm Schepel



Dr. Harm Schepel is Professor of Economic Law and Director of Law Programs at BSIS. He holds degrees from the University of Amsterdam (Drs.), the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati (LLM), and the EUI Florence (PhD), and was attached to the Centre for European Law and Politics in Bremen and the Centre de Théorie Politique at the ULB before joining Kent Law School in 2000.  He has held visiting research positions at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School, and has taught at the Academy of European Law at the EUI Florence, on the LLM in Law in a European and Global context at the Catholic University of Portugal, on the Executive Master's in European Studies (MEUS) at the ULB, and on the Research Master's in European Studies at the University of Maastricht. He is a regular visiting lecturer at the Universities of Palermo and Torino.  He sits on the Board of editors of the European Law Journal.

Research Interests

Professor Harm Schepel is interested in the legal institutionalization of capitalism on different levels of governance. His work draws on institutional economics, political economy, economic and legal sociology and social and legal theory. The general area includes fields such as international trade and investment law, law and development, corporate governance, the law of the European internal market, comparative and European competition law, and the regulation of private governance regimes.


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  • Schepel, H. (2017). The Bank, the Bond and the Bail-Out: On the Legal Construction of Market Discipline in the Eurozone. Journal of Law and Society [Online] 44:79-98. Available at:
  • Conconi, P. and Schepel, H. (2017). Argentina-Import Measures: How a Porsche is Worth Peanuts. World Trade Review [Online] 16:349-369. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2013). Case C-171/11 Spa v Deutsche Vereinigung des Gas- und Wasserfaches. European Review of Contract Law [Online] 9:186-192. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2013). Freedom of Contract in Free Movement Law: Balancing Rights and Principles in European Public and Private Law. European Review of Private Law 21:1211-1229.
  • Schepel, H. (2013). The New Approach to the New Approach: The Juridification of Harmonized Standards in EU Law. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 12:521-533.
  • Schepel, H. (2012). Constitutionalising the Market, Marketising the Constitution, and to Tell the Difference: On the Horizontal Application of the Free Movement Provisions in EU Law. European Law Journal [Online] 18:177-200. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2007). The European Brotherhood of Lawyers: The Reinvention of Legal Science in European Private Law. Law and Social Inquiry [Online] 32:183-199. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2005). Professorenrecht? Le champ du droit privé européen. Critique Internationale [Online] 2005:147-158. Available at:

Book section

  • Schepel, H. (2015). Between standards and regulation: on the concept of 'de facto mandatory standards' after Tuna II and in: Delimatsis, P. ed. The Law, Economics and Politics of International Standardisation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 199-214. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2014). Of Capitalist Nostalgia and Financialisation: Shareholder Primacy in the Court of Justice. in: Joerges, C. and Glinski, C. eds. The European Crisis and the Transformation of Transnational Governan. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 143-156.
  • Schepel, H. (2014). Rules of Recognition: A Legal Constructivist Approach to Transnational Private Regulation. in: Muir Watt, H. and Fernandez Arroyo, D. P. eds. Private International Law and Global Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 201-210.
  • Schepel, H. (2013). Rules of Recognition: A Legal Constructivist Approach to Transnational Private Regulation. in: Jurcys, P., Kjaer, P. F. and Yatsunami, R. eds. Regulatory Hybridization in the Transnational Sphere. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 189-202. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2012). Who's afraid of the total market? On the horizontal application of the free movement provisions in EU law. in: Lianos, I. and Odudu, O. eds. Regulating Trade in Services in the EU and the WTO - Trust, Distrust and Economic Integration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 301-316. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2012). Private Regulators in Law. in: Pauwelyn, J., Wessel, R. and Wouters, J. eds. Informal International Lawmaking. Oxford University Press, pp. 356-367. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2006). The Public/Private Divide in Secondary Community Law: A Footnote to the European Economic Constitution. in: Bell, J. and Kilpatrick, C. eds. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 259-272. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2006). The Empire's Drains: Sources of Legal Recognition of Private Standardisation under the TBT Agreement. in: Joerges, C. and Petersmann, E. eds. Constitutionalism, Multilevel Trade Governance and Social Regulation. Oxford: Hart, pp. 397-412.


  • Conconi, P. and Schepel, H. (2016). Argentina — Import Measures: How a Porsche is Worth Peanuts. European University Institute – Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Working Paper No. RSCAS 2016/67. Available at:


  • Schepel, H. and Sauter, W. (2009). State and Market in European Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Internet publication

  • Schepel, H. (2019). A Parallel Universe: Advocate General Bot in Opinion 1/17 [blogpost]. Available at:
  • Schepel, H. (2018). From Conflicts-Rules to Field Preemption: Achmea and the Relationship between EU Law and International Investment Law and Arbitration [blogpost]. Available at:
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