Peter Oliver

Associate Member

Peter Oliver received his law degree at Cambridge University in 1975 and the licence speciale en droit européen (grande distinction) at the ULB in 1976.  He teaches a course on the free movement of goods at the IEE.  He was an official He was an official of the European Commission from 1978 until 2014, and rose to the position of Legal Advisor.

Research Activities

In the past, his research concentrated primarily on the free movement of goods and other aspects of the internal market.  However, his current focus is mainly on fundamental rights in the economic sphere.


Teaching Activities

His teaching at the Institut d’Etudes Européennes relates to the internal market, especially the free movement of goods.  He has also given a large number of lectures at other universities in Europe and the United States on these subjects as well as on a range of other EU law topics.



Peter Oliver’s main publication is his book on the free movement of goods within the EU, of which he has written five editions (he received his PhD at Cambridge University for the first edition).  The most recent edition is Free Movement of Goods in the European Union under Articles 34 to 36 TFEU (Hart Publishing, 2010), written with six others. He has also written well over 100 articles, chapters in books and blogs, primarily about the internal market, remedies before the Court of Justice and national courts, and fundamental rights in the economic sphere.  A few of these papers concern other areas of EU law such as competition and environmental law.

He is currently working on a volume entitled The Fundamental Rights of Companies – European and US Law Compared, to be published by Hart Publishing.

Some of his publications can be viewed here


Professional Activities

Between 1978 and the beginning of 2014, Peter Oliver’s principle professional activity was in the European Commission, where he spent almost his entire career in the Legal Service.  He worked in a wide variety of fields, including free movement of goods, agriculture, competition, external relations, fisheries, structural funds and environmental law.  In all, he appeared in some 350 cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as devoting approximately half his working time to legal advice.

From October 2014 until August 2020 he was an active member of the Bar of England and Wales; and since July 2014 he has been a Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.


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