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

Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3958


Mario Mendez

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 Queen Mary (awarded with distinction).

Mario has worked for the Academy of European Law at the EUI and has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan’s Law School and a trainee at the European Commission. He is a research associate at the University of Zurich’s e-Democracy centre and collaborated with the centre most recently in developing a voting advice application employed in the 2012 London mayoral elections.

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

His research interests are in constitutional law (EU, UK and comparative). Most recently he has completed a co-authored monograph entitled Referendums and the European Union: A comparative inquiry for the Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy series; this book has its origins in a project that was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

He is a member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) at Queen Mary and the QM Centre for European Research.


Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW4001 Public Law


Research interests:

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


  • Referendums and the European Union: A comparative inquiry (with F. Mendez and V. Triga)  (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2014)
  • The Legal Effects of EU Agreements: Maximalist Treaty Enforcement and Judicial Avoidance Techniques (Oxford University Press 2013)
  • 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
  • ‘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
  • 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 Trechsel 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

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