William Phelan


William Phelan is associate professor of political science at Trinity College Dublin, and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics and Law.

His research focuses on international organization, the politics of international law, and the European Court of Justice. His research on international law topics includes WTO dispute settlement and international human rights regimes.

His work has been published in European Journal of International LawInternational Studies Review, International Theory, European Law Journal, Journal of European Public PolicyEuropean Law Review, Irish Journal of European Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Journal of Common Market Studies

Phelan's book In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The European Union's Rejection of WTO-style Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies offers a new explanation of the role of the European Court of Justice in the European legal order, and was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. It was awarded the 2016 Brian Farrell Book Prize by the Political Science Association of Ireland, and received an Honorable Mention as part of the European Union Studies Association Best Book Award, 2015-16. 

His current work focusses on new perspectives on the great decisions of the European Court of Justice, on issues of research design in the study of European law, and on the French President of the Court of Justice 1967-1976, Robert Lecourt. 


TCD Department of Political Science, 2-3 College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland