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Dr Anne Wesemann

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Professional biography

Anne is Senior Lecturer in Law and the current Head of Department at the Open University Law School, specialising in European Union Law and comparative constitutional law. She holds an undergraduate degree in German law (1. Staatsexamen) and came to the OU from the University of Sussex, where she completed her PhD thesis titled "Constitutional rights norms in the European Union legal framework: An analysis of European Union citizenship as a constitutional right". Anne also holds a LLM in European Union law.

Research interests

Anne's research focuses on the constitutional construct of the European Union and the interrelations with the Member States. She researches in a comparative manner how different Member States interact with the European Union and how that interaction is informed by differening domestic constitutional frameworks.

As a consequence, she is closely involved in current discussions and debates around the UK referendum vote on membership to the EU and the process of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Anne is particularly interested in concepts of citizenship in general and the European Union citizenship in particular. Her PhD thesis analyses EU citizenship with the help of an analogous application of a german constitutional rights theory. Her current work focuses on the status of non-UK EU nationals living in the UK and UK EU nationals living in another Member State and how the UK's withdrawal from the EU will impact that status and the EU's constitutional framework.

PhD supervision

Anne is currently supervising one PhD thesis as 2nd supervisor. Preferred areas for supervision include, but are not limited to:

  • Public Law with comparative approaches to civil law legal systems
  • European Union Law with particular focus on constitutional analysis and European Union Citizenship
  • Normtheoretical legal/socio-legal/politico-legal analysis of constitutional structures
  • Role and functioning of international courts with a particular focus on the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on citizenship concepts and understanding of European Union Citizenship.

Teaching interests

Anne has been teaching Public Law in the UK since 2010. She has since widened her teaching portfolio by delivering lectures and seminars at the University of Sussex and Coventry University London Campus in varying courses including English Legal System, Introduction to Law for Business Students and Understanding Law.

Her main teaching interest and passion lies in teaching European Union Law, wherein she can link the knowledge of two different domestic legal frameworks (Germany and England & Wales) to the European Union legal framework.

Anne has also been teaching on the EDELnet LLB summer school, with focus on public international and constitutional law.

Impact and engagement

SLS Virtual Annual Conference Exeter 2020 Plenary Legal Scholarship in the time of COVID-19 alongside Joanne Conaghan (University Bristol), Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham), Sue Prince (University of Exeter) and Nick Hopkins (Law Commission)

House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee Second Report of Session 2016 – 17 reference to: Four ways Britain could guarantee the rights to remain for EU citizens after Brexit, The Conversation, published 12 February 2017

Houses of Parliament, ‘Brexit: An academic conference’, 10 November 2016, presentation in Immigration stream (selection of 36 academics chosen to attend UK wide)

Lead Academic on creation of EU referendum hub for OpenLearn

Participating academic, OU Human rights week “Human Right to freedom of expression”, published 05 December 2016

Academic consultant for BBC World Service Learning English project “Go the Distance” December 2017

Academic consultant for Paxman in Brussels, BBC, broadcast 19 May 2016

OpenMinds-Talk: What does Brexit tell us about Britain?, presentation: What does this mean now for EU citizens living in Britain and UK citizens living in Europe?, 28 March 2016

OULS representative on the EDELnet executive board


Citizenship in the European Union: constitutionalism, rights and norms (2020-10)
Wesemann, Anne
Elgar studies in European law and policy
ISBN : 978 1 83910 316 2 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing

The power of the norm – EU citizenship as constitutional right (2022-03)
Wesemann, Anne
In: Kostakopoulou, Dora and Thym, Daniel eds. Research Handbook on European Union Citizenship Law and Policy: Navigating Challenges and Crises ((In Press))
ISBN : 978 1 78897 289 5 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing

50 years Arguing with Neighbours: The UK's Complex Relationship with the European Union (2020)
Wesemann, Anne
In: Claydon, Lisa; Derry, Caroline and Ajevski, Marjan eds. Law in Motion: 50 years of Legal Change (pp. 37-51)
ISBN : 978-1-4730-3148-7 | Publisher : The Open University Law School

European Union Citizens in Post EU UK (2018-11)
Wesemann, Anne
In: Prinz von Sachsen Gesaphe, Karl August; Garcia Plesa, Juan J. and Szuka, Nils eds. Legal Implications of Brexit. Hagener Rechtswissenschaftliche Schriften (pp. 121-145)
ISBN : 978-3-96163-149-0 | Publisher : MV-WISSENSCHAFT | Published : Münster

The CJEU – A Constitutional Court holding the EU together
Wesemann, Anne
In : Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2015 (01/09/15-04/09/15, York)

Constitutionalism Is Dead – Long Live Constitutionalism
Wesemann, Anne
In : Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2018 (04/09/18-07/09/18, Queen Mary University London)

The constitutional challenge – A European state of Emergency
Wesemann, Anne
In : Adrift in the European Crisis: Interrogating the impact of global and regional legal reforms on economic rights (17/09/15, University of Westminster, London)

Saving Europe – The revolutionary effect of constitutional rights norms
Wesemann, Anne
In : 29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) (07/07/19-13/07/19, University of Lucerne, Lucerne)

The significance of European Union Law for the future Commonwealth lawyer
Wesemann, Anne
In : Commonwealth Legal Education Association Conference (22/03/17-23/03/17, Melbourne)

Online legal education – sharing the OU experience
Hardie, Liz and Wesemann, Anne
In : Society of Legal Scholars Virtual Annual Conference (01/09/20-04/09/20, Exeter University, online)

The German Tale of Two Courts - EU Law made in Karlsruhe in favour of proportionality
Wesemann, Anne
In : Society of Legal Scholars Annual Virtual Conference (01/09/20-04/09/20, Exeter University, online)