Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Sylvia de Mars

Lecturer in Law



I joined the Law School in September 2010, following a PhD at the University of Nottingham on the national regulatory responses to a variety of EU-level public procurement measures.  I previously taught at the University of Nottingham, where I also administrated the Public Procurement Research Group and organized the 2009 edition of the Public Procurement Research Students Conference.

As of 2018, I am also working as a Senior Researcher in EU and International Law and Policy for the House of Commons Library.

Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy DELT (with a focus on academic support)


BA(Hons) in Social Science (University College Utrecht, 2004)
LLM in International Law (Nottingham, 2006)
PhD (Nottingham, 2011)


Society of Legal Scholars


English and Dutch (fluent); French


Research Interests

My academic history lies in public international law, with a focus on international economic/trade law.  Since completing my PhD, I have become particularly interested in EU law as a particular model for trade and cooperation.  These days, I am something of an EU law omnivore; I tend to latch onto particular Court of Justice or EU legislative developments and consider the implications (both EU-wide and within Member States) of these developments.

At the moment, I am working on the following projects:

- The interplay of the EU free movement of persons rules and the organisation of public healthcare in the Member States.  (Project funded by the Society for Legal Scholars and the Newcaste HASS Faculty Research Fund.)

- Organising healthcare for a potentially migrant citizenry: what (if anything) can the EU learn from the US?  (Project funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.)

- Constitutional Conundrums: Northern Ireland, the EU and Human Rights (funded by the ESRC) - alongside Colin Murray, Aoife O'Donoghue and Ben Warwick.

In November 2015, I was interviewed about the legal consequences of a 'Brexit' by BBC Radio 4's Law in Action; the interview can be downloaded/listened to here.  In 2017, I gave evidence on the implications of Brexit for trade and the border in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Commons International Trade Committee.

Research Funding


ESRC IAA funding, £9975, alongside Colin Murray (Newcastle) and Aoife O'Donoghue and Ben Warwick (Durham) for a project titled Constitutional Conundrums: Northern Ireland, the EU and Human Rights


BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, £3380, for a project titled Regulating Healthcare Access in a Citizens' Europe: Lessons from the US


For a project titled The Indirect Pressures of EU Free Movement of Persons on Domestic Healthcare Regulation: The EU-Compatibility of Healthcare Access Rules in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland:

  • Society of Legal Scholars, £865, for research conducted in Ireland
  • Newcastle University's HaSS Faculty Research Fund, £1536, for research conducted in Belgium and the Netherlands

Visiting Scholar Positions

Aix Marseille Université (2010)
KU Leuven (2014)
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (2014)
University College Dublin (2014)
Georgetown University (2015)

Postgraduate Supervision

I would be extremely interested in supervising any postgraduate research projects on EU law, particularly those that take a comparative approach to evaluating the effects of EU measures on Member States in a variety of social and economic fields.

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Undergraduate Teaching

EU Law
US Constitutional Law