Dr Gunnar Beck is Reader in Law at SOAS, University of London and is a practising EU lawyer and legal theorist. He has published numerous academic articles on aspects of EU law, legal and political philosophy and lectured on subjects including the euro crisis, the German Constitutional Court’s jurisprudence on the EU, and the Court of Justice’s legal reasoning.
From early 2002 to 2004 Gunnar Beck was a legal adviser to the UK parliamentary delegates at the Convention on the Future of Europe, and one of the UK delegates to the Collaborateurs Committee of the Convention. He continued to serve as part-time deputy legal adviser to the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons until 2010. From 2000 to 2002 Gunnar Beck worked as an employed barrister in the EU & Competition department of the premier London-based international law firm Herbert Smith. In parallel to his work in the City and in Parliament Gunnar Beck taught at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics where he was a lecturer in EU law and jurisprudence.
His practice extends to the following areas of law: EU constitutional law, implementation of EC Directives, EU financial and banking law, EU citizenship and human rights law, social security benefits for migrant workers, environmental impact assessments under EU law, free of movement of persons, goods, capital and services; extradition, VAT, cross-border aspects of direct taxation, competition law. He has also advised extensively on all aspects of financial services regulation, especially the emerging law of the EU banking law and the regulatory regime of the euro zone.
During his time as a legal adviser to the European Scrutiny Committee of the UK Parliament, Gunnar Beck authored numerous reports on EU draft legislation and special reports on EU criminal law, Justice and Home Affairs Issues at EU level, Subsidiarity, The IGC and Treaty of Lisbon, Article 308, and on Mobile Phone Roaming Charges.