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Dr Mario Mendez, BA (Lond), LLM (William & Mary), BCL (Oxon), PhD (EUI), PGCAP (QMUL)

Mario

Senior Lecturer

Email: mario.mendez@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3958
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Mario Mendez graduated with a first class degree in Law and Politics from QMUL and was awarded the Drapers’ Scholarship to study at the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he completed an LLM in American Legal Studies. He was awarded a distinction on the BCL at the University of Oxford and the Vinerian Scholarship Proxime Accessit (second place). He completed his PhD at the European University Institute (EUI). He completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice at QMUL (awarded with distinction) and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research interests are mainly in constitutional law (EU, UK and comparative). There are two main strands to his published and current research agenda. The first concerns the relationship between treaties and domestic constitutional systems and this is the subject matter of a recent article in the International Journal of Constitutional Law as well as his monograph on The Legal Effects of EU Agreements (OUP 2013). His current research in this area is focussing on the application of the Aarhus Convention in the EU. The second strand concerns direct democracy and recently completed research projects in this area include a co-authored study on Referendums on EU Matters (2017) that was prepared for the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and a co-authored monograph entitled Referendums and the European Union: A comparative inquiry (CUP 2014) (a book which has its origins in a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation).  His current direct democracy research is focusing on the European Citizens’ Initiative.

Mario has worked for the Academy of European Law at the EUI and has spent periods visiting at the University of Cambridge (Centre for European Legal Studies), the University of Michigan’s Law School, and as a trainee at the European Commission.  He is a research associate at the University of Zurich’s e-Democracy centre with whom he collaborated in developing a voting advice application for the 2012 London mayoral elections. He was a lead member of the QMUL team that collaborated with the Preference Matcher consortium in developing a voting advice application for the 2015 UK General Election: www.whogetsmyvoteUK.com

He is a former member of the editorial committee of the journal Public Law.

He is one of the co-directors of the QMUL Centre for European and International Legal Affairs, and a member of the QMUL Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) and the QMUL Centre for European Research.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW4001 Public Law
  • LAW5105 Law of the European Union
  • LAW6160 Comparative Constitutional Law.

Research

Publications

  • ‘Referendums on European Integration: Crisis-Solving or Crisis-Inducing?’ (with F. Mendez) in Morel, L., and Qvortrup, M (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Referendums and Direct Democracy (forthcoming)
  • Referendums on EU Matters (with F. Mendez) (European Parliament 2017) available at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/571402/IPOL_STU(2017)571402_EN.pdf
  • ‘Constitutional Review of Treaties: Lessons for Comparative Constitutional Design and Practice’ (2017) 14 International Journal of Constitutional Law 84 (earlier version published as Jean Monnet Working Paper 08/16 available at http://www.jeanmonnetprogram.org/papers/paper-serie/2016/)
  • ‘Direct Democracy and the European Union’ (with F. Mendez) in Ruth, S., Welp, Y., and Whitehead, L (eds) Let the people rule? Direct Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, (ECPR Press, 2016) 
  • Referendums and the European Union: A comparative inquiry (with F. Mendez and V. Triga)  (Cambridge University Press 2014) (reviewed in Political Studies Review (2015: 615); EUSA Review (2014: 22)
  • The Legal Effects of EU Agreements: Maximalist Treaty Enforcement and Judicial Avoidance Techniques (Oxford University Press 2013) (available on open access at:  http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/academic/pdf/openaccess/9780199606610.pdf) (reviewed in Common Market Law Review (2014: 1548); Yearbook of European Law (2014: 569); Journal of Common Market Studies (2014: 1164); European Law Review (2015: 294); Legal Issues of Economic Integration (2014:211)
  • ‘The Enforcement of EU Agreements: Bolstering the effectiveness of Treaty law?’ (2010) 47(6) Common Market Law Review 1719
  • ‘Comparing Privacy Regimes: Federal Theory and the Politics of Privacy Regulation in the European Union and the United States’ (with F. Mendez) (2010) 40(4) Publius: The Journal of Federalism 617
  • ‘Referendums and European integration: beyond the Lisbon vote’ (with F. Mendez) [2010] Public Law 223
  • ‘The Legal Effect of Community Agreements: Maximalist Treaty Enforcement and Judicial Avoidance Techniques’ (2010) 21(1) European Journal of International Law 83 (available at: http://www.ejil.org/article.php?article=1989&issue=95)
  • ‘Direct Democracy in the European Union: How comparative federalism can help us understand the interplay of direct democracy and European integration’ (with F. Mendez and V. Triga) (2009) 29(1) Revista de Ciencia Política 57 (available at: http://www.revistacienciapolitica.cl/rcp/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/03_vol_29_1.pdf
  • Passenger Name Record Agreement (2007) 3(1) European Constitutional Law Review 127 
  • ‘Introducing E-voting for the European Parliament Elections: the Constitutional Problems’ (with A. Auer) in Trehsel and Mendez (eds), The European Union and E-voting (Routledge, 2005)
  • ‘The impact of WTO rulings in the Community legal order’ (2004) 29 European Law Review 513.

PhD Supervision

Dr Mendez welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of UK, EU and comparative constitutional law.

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