Dr Sylvia de Mars
Senior Lecturer in Law
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7568
- Personal Website: https://twitter.com/sylviademars
- Address: Newcastle Law School,
21-24 Windsor Terrace,
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 Chair of Exams / Plagiarism Honcho
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
Area of Expertise
EU Law, International Trade Law, Comparative Constitutional Law
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 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:
- 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. In 2018, the Lords Select Committee on the European Union invited me to give evidence on the future UK-EU relationship. Also in 2018, the Lords Constitution Committee invited me to give evidence on the role of the European Parliament in scrutinising EU treaties.
ESRC Governance After Brexit Grant £249869, alongside Colin Murray (Newcastle), Aoife O'Donoghue (Durham) and Ben Warwick (Birmingham) for a project titled Performing Identities: Post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st Century Governance
2015/2016 - 2017/2018
ESRC IAA funding, £19924, alongside Colin Murray (Newcastle), Aoife O'Donoghue (Durham) and Ben Warwick (Birmingham) 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)
Note: I am currently not able to take on more PhD students. In general, I would be 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.
If you would like information on reading for a research degree at Newcastle Law School please see www.ncl.ac.uk/nuls/postgraduate/research/index.htm
- de Mars S, Murray C, O'Donoghue A, Warwick B. Bordering Two Unions: Northern Ireland and Brexit. Bristol: Policy Press, 2018.
- Murray C, de Mars S, O'Donoghue A, Warwick B. Policy Paper: Northern Ireland and the Brave New World of Brexit. Durham University, Newcastle University, Birmingham University, 2017.
- de Mars S. Exclusion and Self-Cleaning in Article 57: Discretion at the Expense of Clarity and Trade?. In: Ølykke, G; Sanchez-Graells, A, ed. Reformation or Deformation of the EU Public Procurement Rules. Edward Elgar, 2016, pp.253-273.
- van Garsse S, de Mars S. Exclusion and Self-Cleaning in the 2014 Public Sector Directive. In: Marique, Y; Wauters, K, ed. EU Directive 2014/24 on public procurement: a new turn for competition in public markets?. Brussels: Larcier, 2016, pp.121-138.
- Van Garsse S, de Mars S. Corrigerende maatregelen bij overheidsopdrachten. Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad 2016, 340, 274-278.
- Murray C, de Mars S, O'Donoghue A, Warwick B. Policy Paper - Brexit, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Social Science Electronic Publishing: Durham University; Newcastle University, 2016.
- de Mars S, O'Callaghan P. Privacy and Search Engines: Forgetting or Contextualizing?. Journal of Law and Society 2016, 43(2), 257-284.
- de Mars S, O'Callaghan P. Narratives about privacy and forgetting in English law. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 2016, 30(1-2), 42-56.
- de Mars S. Economically inactive EU migrants and the United Kingdom's National Health Service: Unreasonable Burdens without Real Links?. European Law Review 2014, 39(6), 770-789.
- de Mars S. Rights versus remuneration – the English NHS and abortion services for women from Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 2014, 65(4), 449-453.
- de Mars S. The Limits of General Principles: A Procurement Case Study. European Law Review 2013, 38(3), 316-334.
- de Mars S, Craven R. An Analysis of Use of Competitive Dialogue in the EU. In: Arrowsmith, S., Treumer, S, ed. Competitive Dialogue in EU Procurement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp.144-178.
- de Mars S, Olivier F. Competitive Dialogue in France. In: Arrowsmith, S., Treumer, S, ed. Competitive Dialogue in EU Procurement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp.272-305.
- de Mars S. Comba, M., and Steen Treumer (eds.) 'The In-House Providing in European Law' (Copenhagen, Denmark: DJOF Publishing, 2010). Public Procurement Law Review 2012, 21(2), 68-69.
- de Mars S. Burnett, Michael and Martin Oder, 'Competitive Dialogue:A Practical Guide', (Maastricht: European Institute of Public Administration, 2009). Public Procurement Law Review 2011, (3), 99-101.