Our editorial board

Annalisa Volpato

Managing editor

Email: realaw [@] rug.nl

I am Assistant professor at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). I previously studied law at the University of Padova (Italy), at the Université de Louvain (Belgium), and at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). In 2018, I obtained a double PhD in EU law at Maastricht University and the University of Padova (Italy), with a thesis on the delegation of powers to EU institutions and agencies. Since then, I have worked at Maastricht University teaching and researching European administrative law.

My research interests cover the institutional and administrative aspects of EU law, particularly the democratic control over the decision-making powers of EU institutions and bodies. This includes the judicial accountability of these bodies, the involvement of civil society in regulation, and European and international standardization. At the same time, I maintain a keen interest in the regulation of the EU agri-food sector – which I worked on during a traineeship at the European Commission – and on the governance of EU funds.

Since April 2020, I have been the Managing Editor of the Review of European Administrative Law. I am entrusted with the day-to-day management of the Review. Together with the General Editors, I organise the peer review process for new submissions and special issues of the journal by selecting the most suitable peer-reviewers and by corresponding with them and the authors. I take care of the communication with the Editorial Board – for instance by organizing the Editorial Board meetings – and with the public through our social networks. I also work closely together with our publisher to ensure the regular publication of our issues.

Kars de Graaf

Member of the editorial board; managing editor (2007-2018)

Professor of Public Law and Sustainability at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Kars is professor of Public Law and Sustainability at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), chair of the Dutch Association of Environmental Law, member of the board of the Dutch Association of Administrative Law and honorary judge at the district court in the North of the Netherlands.

My publications concern both comparative administrative law, administrative adjudication and judicial review of administrative action and (the relation with) environmental law and energy law. The role environmental law and administrative law plays in the transition towards a sustainable society is at the center of my research interests. All publications based on my research can be found at https://research.rug.nl/en/persons/kars-de-graaf/publications/.

Main research Areas
  • Administrative decision-making, procedures and remedies
  • Environmental law, Planning Law, Energy law, Climate law
  • Judicial review of administrative action

Luca de Lucia

Member of the Editorial Board

Professor of Italian and European Administrative Law at the University of Salerno (Italy).

Recent publications in English include: (with Paola Chirulli) Non-Judicial Remedies and EU Administration. Protection of Rights versus Preservation of Autonomy (Routledge, 2021); ‘One and Triune – Mutual Recognition and the Circulation of Goods in the EU’, REALaw 3/2020; (with Barbara Marchetti) ‘The Juridification Process in Italy and the Influence of EU Law’ in D. Sorace, L. Ferrara and I. Piazza (eds.), The Changing Administrative Law of an EU Member State (Springer, 2020); (with Maria Chiara Romano), ‘Transnational Administrative Acts in EU Environmental Law’ in M. Peeters and M. Eliantonio (eds.), Research Handbook on EU Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2020); ‘The Shifting State of Rights Protection vis-à-vis EU Agencies: A Look at Article 58a of the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union’, European Law Review 4/2019. From 2014 to 2021, I was one of the coordinators of the German-Italian Group of Public Law.

Stephanie de Somer

Member of the Editorial Board

Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Part-time Assistant Professor at Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium) and Associate (practicing lawyer) at Van Olmen & Wynant (Brussels, Belgium).

My research interests concern European and comparative administrative law, with special attention to multilevel governance and cross-fertilization between legal systems. Much of my research has been funded by the Flemish Research Foundation (first as a PhD candidate, subsequently as a postdoctoral fellow). My PhD (Autonomous Public Bodies and the Law: a European Perspective) was published in 2017 by Edward Elgar in the series Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law series. I have been published in various national and international journals, such as the Journal for European environmental and planning law and the European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review.

Main research Areas
  • administrative enforcement
  • administrative organization
  • administrative procedure and remedies
  • economic regulation
  • public contracts
  • planning law

Yseult Marique

Blog editor

Email: ymarique [@] essex.ac.uk

Professor at the University of Essex (UK), Research Fellow at the FÖV Speyer (Germany), chargée de cours invitée at UC Louvain (Belgium) and Research Associate at the Centre de droit public (ULB – Brussels).

My research is anchored in comparative public law in Europe (especially Belgium, England, France, Germany, and Nordic countries), with a keen interest in history and political philosophy. It has been generously supported by the DAAD, the British Academy, the Society of Legal Scholars and Insol International. My papers and chapters have been published in the Cambridge International Law Journal, European Public Law, Computer Law and Security Review, Privacy in Germany, Oxford University Press, Edward Elgar, and Springer. My publications include Public-Private Partnerships and the Law – Regulation, Institutions and Community (Edward Elgar 2014) and Manuel de droit comparé des administrations européennes (Larcier 2019 – as a co-author). I am currently co-editing a Traité de droit administratif transnational (Bruylant forthcoming). I was the treasurer of the British Association of Comparative Law (2014-2021), where I remain in the position of social media/communication officer. I am an elected associate member of the International Association of Comparative Law (2021-).

Main research Areas
  • administrative enforcement
  • administrative justice
  • administrative normativity
  • general principles of administrative law
  • public / private divide

Jud Mathews

Member of the Editorial Board

Professor of Law, Penn State Law (Pennsylvania, USA) and Affiliate Faculty Member, Penn State School of International Affairs (USA).

My scholarship addresses questions of public law from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. I have written about the use of proportionality review in both the administrative law and constitutional law contexts. I have also written about the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. I am the author of two books published by Oxford University Press, Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, and Proportionality Balancing and Constitutional Governance: A Global and Comparative Approach (co-written with Alec Stone Sweet). I have been awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support research at the Humboldt University of Berlin during the 2021-22 academic year.

Main research Areas
  • control of discretion
  • constitutional rights in administrative law

  • judicial deference
  • proportionality review

Sacha Prechal

Founding member

Sacha Prechal has been a judge at the European Court of Justice since 2010. In that capacity, she is currently president of the Third Chamber. She studied law at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands, 1977-83). She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 1995). She started her professional career as Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands, 1983-87). Between 1987 and 1991, she was Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and then again Lecturer at the Europa Institute of the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam (1991-95). In 1995, she was appointed Professor of European Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Tilburg, and in 2003 Professor of European Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Utrecht. She still is an Honorary Professor of European Law at the latter Law Faculty.

She is a member of the editorial advisory board of several national and international legal journals, respectively, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of numerous publications on EU law, in particular on judicial protection in the EU, on various aspects of the relationship between EU law and national law, on general principles/fundamental rights, on EU anti-discrimination law, and on problems related to EU directives.

Together with Jan Jans and Rob Widdershoven, she is one of the founding mothers/fathers of REALaw.

Rob Widdershoven

Founding member

Professor of European Administrative Law at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands, 1997). Advocate General of Administrative Law (2013). Member of the Dutch Council of State, the Trade and Industry Appeals Court, and the Central Appeals Court.

I have been working in academia since 1983. In 1997, I was appointed as Professor of European Administrative Law at the University of Utrecht. My research focusses on the interaction between EU law and Administrative Law of the EU Member States in the areas of Law Enforcement, Administrative Justice, General Principles of Law, Fundamental Rights, and State Liability. It increasingly also includes research questions on Composite and Transnational Decision-Making and Enforcement. I published about 200 articles, books and reports on these topics. I am co-author of the book Europeanisation of Public law (Europa Law Publishing 2015). I have received several prizes, amongst them the main publication prize of the Dutch Association of Administrative Law. I am co-founder of Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw) and I am still a member of its Board of Editors. I am also a member of the editorial board of several Dutch journals, amongst them Overheid & Aansprakelijkheid (Government & Liability) and JBplus (Journal of Administrative Case Law).

Main research Areas
  • administrative justice
  • administrative law
  • banking supervision
  • composite administration
  • data protection

  • fundamental rights
  • general principles of law
  • state liability
  • transnational enforcement