Department of Justice, Law and Society
Dr. Bill Davies is a historian of the transnational aspect of legal ideas and systems. His particular field of expertise lies in the evolution of a constitutional practice of law in the European Union. His work examines the consolidation of the European public law arena since the Second World War, with emphasis falling on the European Court of Justice, its promotion of a direct effective and supreme legal framework and how this was received in the EU's Member States.
He is currently working on 'reception studies' based on Germany and the UK. In the future, he hopes to embed the supranational project of European Union within the longer historical context of Western legal history.
He teaches courses such as JLS-110 Western Legal Traditions and JLS-411 Great Trials in Legal History.
Growing up in London, UK, he spent a number of years in Berlin, Germany, before he came to American University in 2007.
DegreesPhd European Studies, King's College London; BA (Hons) European Studies and German, King's College London
Favorite Spot on Campus:Ward Circle Building
Languages Spoken:German (fluent); French (working knowledge)
- SPA - Justice, Law and Society
- Ward - 257
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Books and Monographs
- Resisting the ECJ: Germany’s Confrontation with European Law, 1949-1979, Cambridge University Press, July 2012 http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6796409/?site_locale=en_GB.
Peer Reviewed Articles
- "From International Law to a European Rechtsgemeinschaft: Towards a New History of European Law, 1950-1979," Publications of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, Nomos-Verlagsgesellschaft: Baden-Baden pending.
- "Toward a New History of European Law: An Introduction" in Contemporary European History, 21, 3, August 2012 (Co-author: Morten Rasmussen).
- "Pushing Back: What Happens When Member States Resist the ECJ: A Multi-Modal Approach to the History of European Law" in Contemporary European History, 21, 3, August 2012.
- "Meek Acceptance? The West German Ministries’ Reaction to the Van Gend en Loos and Costa Decisions" in Journal of European Integration History, 14, 2 January 2009, pp 57-76.
- "Dealing with the Fallout: West Germany’s Response to the Solange Decision (1974)" in American Consortium of European Studies Working Paper Series, July 2011, http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/ACES/index.htm.
- "The Incoming Tide: Britain’s Struggle with the Supremacy of European Law 1970-1990: An Introductory Survey" in American Consortium of European Studies Research Seed Grant Series, July 2011, http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/ACES/index.htm.
- Review of “Die Bundesrepublik und die Europäische Einigung 1949-2000” by König and Schulz (eds.) in German History, Vol 24, no 2, May 2006, pp. 317-8.
- Review of The Time of European Governance by Magnus Ekengren in Journal of European Affairs, Vol. 2 no 2, pp 64-66.
- "Bipartisanship in 20th Century Europe," Bi-Partisan Policy Center, http://bipartisanpolicy.org/news/idea-gallery/2010/06/14/bipartisanship-20th-century-europe, June 2010.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
2012: ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award,
Department of Justice, Law and Society Awards Ceremony
2012: Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
For extended period of research leave in the UK, based at the Bracton Centre for Legal History at the University of Exeter during Junior Faculty Teaching Release in Spring 2012
2011: ACES Research Seed Grant
The Incoming Tide: Britain’s Struggle with the Supremacy of European Law 1970-1990
2011: ACES Working Paper Grant
Dealing with the Fallout: West Germany’s Response to the Solange Decision (1974)
2011: Curriculum Development Award
Award to develop 400-level class entitled Contemporary European Legal Thought
2011: International Faculty Travel Award
Funding to travel to Brussels, Belgium for archive research
2011: Junior Faculty Summer Research Award
2010: American Consortium for European Studies Conference Award
Given one of only two awards to institutions across the DC consortium for organizing and holding conference on the history of European integration
2010: Junior Faculty Summer Research Award
2009: International Faculty Travel Award: $1,500
Funding to travel and research expenses to visit archives in Berlin, Germany
2007: King’s College London
Nomination for College’s “Excellence in Teaching”
2004–2005: Stipendium der Studienstiftung des Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus (Berlin State Parliament Award)
Awarded 12 months funding and accommodation for full-time research in Berlin
Selected as one of top 3 students from 24 recipients for Leistungsstipendium (Further Achievement Funding)
2003 –2006: King’s College London School of Humanities Research Scholarship
3 year’s tuition and living costs for PhD research.
Area of Expertise: European Union law and politics; the European Constitution; German history, politics, and constitution; legal and political theory
Additional Information: Bill Davies joined the AU faculty in August 2007 after finishing his doctoral research at King's College London. His research examines the supranational nature of the European Union's legal framework and its interaction with its member states. He has been published in the Journal of European Integration History and has presented at numerous international conferences on the European Constitution on both sides of the Atlantic.
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AU News and Achievements
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