Maurice Wohl Fellowship
The Maurice Wohl Fellowship in European Law was first established in 2010 through the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation. The Foundation's longstanding funding has allowed successive Maurice Wohl Fellows at BIICL to develop and sustain a programme of work addressing the most pressing European legal issues as they have emerged.
From the outset, the Maurice Wohl Fellowship has addressed issues such as migration and Rule of Law standards that are still of central importance today. The programme has later expanded to deal with Brexit and other major developments, including Rule of Law backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe, the challenges of strengthening public and youth engagement with the Rule of Law and European institutions, the increasing importance of legal issues in international trade (including the EU-UK relationship as well as trade with third countries) and the regulation of artificial intelligence and other new technologies at European level. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme of research and events also covered assessments of the compliance of governmental responses in Europe and abroad with Rule of Law and human rights standards.
Our work on European law is broadly defined and includes the law of the European Union (EU), and other regional frameworks such as the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Our ability to provide independent expertise on these issues reflects the unique position of BIICL as a London-based independent institute in the fields of comparative and international law, which is deeply embedded within European networks.
The Maurice Wohl Fellowship is currently held by two researchers: