Paul James Cardwell


  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

European Union Law and Policy, External Relations, Migration, Foreign Policy, Regional Integration, UK-EU Relations

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde as a Professor in Law in February 2017, having previously worked at the University of Sheffield as Deputy Head of School and Director of Internationalisation.

My research interests cover the European Union and the law and policy of its external relations, with a particular focus on migration and democracy promotion. I have published widely in these areas, including two books and articles in leading journals. I am also investigating the consequences of the UK's departure from the EU, particularly with regard to EU external relations and migration.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and am recognised for my expertise in internationalisation across learning, teaching and the student experience. I have researched and written on this topic, with a particular emphasis on the positive impact of studying abroad.

I am an Honorary Fellow of the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, and have held visiting posts at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Academic / Professional qualifications

Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondis (French Master’s Degree in Political Science), Institut d’Études Politiques, Université de Bordeaux, France

LLM (by research), University of Warwick

LLB Law (European), University of Warwick

Teaching Interests

European Union Law and Policy, Constitutional Law, Migration.

Research Interests

I have published widely on European Union law and politics. My first book, EU External Relations and Systems of Governance: the CFSP, Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Migration, was published by Routledge in 2009 and I subsequently published an edited collection on EU External Relations Law and Policy in the Post-Lisbon Era (Asser Press/Springer, 2011). I am particularly interested in EU (external) migration management and democracy promotion and have published on these topics in leading journals including European Law Review, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Foreign Affairs Review and International Migration. More recently, I have begun to examine the consequences of the Brexit referendum on current and future UK-EU relations. I received funding (2016) from the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe initiative to run a project on the significance of external relations in the referendum debate.

I also have research interests in higher education and internationalisation. I am currently working on a project looking at the academic achievement of students who have spent part of their degree studying abroad.

I would be delighted to receive enquiries regarding PhD research in any of these areas.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

9 Jan 200531 Aug 2008

Award Date: 15 Oct 2008

Master of Arts, Institut d’Études Politiques, Université de Bordeaux

1 Sep 200231 Jul 2003

Award Date: 15 Sep 2003

Master of Laws, University of Warwick

1 Sep 199930 Sep 2001

Award Date: 15 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Laws, University of Warwick

1 Sep 199530 Jun 1999

Award Date: 16 Jul 1999

External positions

Reader, University of Sheffield

1 Dec 201131 Jan 2017

Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield

1 Jan 201130 Nov 2011

Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh

1 Jan 2009 → …


  • European Union
  • Migration
  • Foreign Policy
  • External Relations
  • UK-EU Relations
  • Regional Integration
  • EU Law
  • Democracy Promotion


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