Dr. Armin Cuyvers (MJur Oxon)

  • Constitutional theory
  • European constitution
  • European (constitutional) law
  • Gambling regulation
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal philosophy
  • Political theory
  • Public procurement and concessions
  • Services of general (economic) interest

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5409
E-Mail: a.cuyvers@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Europees Recht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 1.24


Armin Cuvyers is an assistant professor of European Law at the Europa Instituut of Leiden University. He previously was a visiting professor at Berkeley, Stanford, Hastings Law School and Bilgi University, Istanbul, and regularly provides legal advice to public and private parties on different fields of EU law. His research largely focusses on EU constitutional law and theory, sovereignty, (con)federalism and the euro crisis, often in a comparative perspective. He has been published in several leading international journals, including the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Journal and the European Constitutional Law Review.  

Dr. Cuyvers graduated summa cum laude in Civil Law (burgerlijk recht), International and European Law, and Legal Philosophy from the University of Leiden. He further was a visiting student at Harvard College and Harvard Law School and in 2005 received his Magister Juris degree from Oxford, Exeter College, with distinction. After joining both the Europa Institute and the department of legal philosophy in 2006, he was appointed as an assistant professor in 2011. In 2013, Cuvyers received his PhD, jointly in European law and in Legal Philosophy with his thesis: ‘The EU as a Confederal Union of Sovereign Member Peoples’. This thesis, in a comparative perspective with the US, explores a confederal structure for the EU: A structure that respects and builds on the primary authority and legitimacy of national democracies, yet is sufficiently effective and legitimate at the central level to support successful European integration.

In addition to his research on EU constitutional law and theory, Cuvyers specializes in the free movement of complex services, especially games of chance, as well as in anti-terrorist sanctions and the interaction between the national, EU and UN legal orders in combatting terrorism. In this last field Cuvyers was awarded the 2010 Montesquieu Europe Award for his article on the Kadi case law. In 2011, together with Prof. Tom Ottervanger, Cuyvers established the LEAC (Leiden Centre for Legal and Comparative Studies of the East African Community), for which he supervises and conducts comparative research on the EAC and the EU. Cuyvers regularly provides legal advice on different fields of EU law to public and private entities, such as for instance in projects for the European Commission on the free movement of sportsmen, for the Asian Development Bank on economic integration in Europe, for CFR and Tipp24 on the compatibility of national gambling regulations with European law, or for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Services of General Economic Interest , the implementation of European law or the euro crisis.



  • Introduction into European law (Inleiding Internationaal en Europees Recht)
  • European law (Europees Recht)
  • Jurisprudence (Rechtsfilosofie)
  • Honours course “Europe”
  • Elective: “ Europe in Practice”

  • Institutional Law and General Principles of EU law (LLM)
  • Privatissimum on European Constitutional law (LLM)
  • Foundations of EU law (IBL, Advanced LLM)
  • Introduction to Competition Law
  • Fundamentals of EU law: An introduction to the structure and internal market of the European Union (Hastings, San Francisco)

Last Modified: 20-06-2016