Gerard, Damien

Case handler

European Commission, Belgium


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

University of Louvain, Belgium


Currently affiliated with the Charles De Visscher Centre for International and European Law at the University of Louvain (CeDIE), I have combined research and practice for more than ten years in the field of European economic law. Over time, my academic interests have revolved around three main areas, namely competition law with a focus on enforcement issues, the law of the internal market and the theory of European integration.
Titled ‘Managing pluralism in the European Union: cooperation, convergence and mutual trust’, my doctoral research aims to study transformations in EU regulatory models consecutive to the territorial and substantive enlargements of the Union that have taken place since the mid-1990s, and to explore their implications for the governance of the Union. To be defended later this year at the University of Louvain, the dissertation attempts to capture the defining features of convergence as a cooperative integration strategy compatible with a pluralist account of the relations between legal systems within the EU. As a Max Weber Fellow, I aim to further study the limits of convergence in terms of effectiveness, legal certainty and democracy/accountability by drawing on past analyses of the EU financial and sovereign debt crises.
My teaching experience has thus far included lecturing on the constitutional law of the European Union and reading EU competition law to graduate students, both in English and French, tutoring undergraduate students in the fundamentals of European Union law and appearing as a guest lecturer in various courses and seminars on a broad range of EU law, competition law and private international law topics.
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