Professor Dr Sacha GARBEN is Permanent Professor of EU law at the Legal Studies Department of the College of Europe. She is furthermore an official in the European Commission (legal officer, DG EMPL), currently on special leave to be at the College of Europe full time. In 2020, Professor Garben has been appointed as replacement Judge (“raadsheer-plaatsvervanger”) at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (“Gerechtshof”).

At the College, Professor Garben teaches the seminar Constitutional and Substantive Aspects of the Division of Competences between the EU and the Member States, as well as the Legal Methodology Course.

Professor Garben obtained her Phd at the European University Institute in 2010, winning the Jacqueline Suter Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in European Law 2009 – 2011. In 2008, she spent a semester at Harvard Law School as a visiting scholar. She has since then worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union and at the London School of Economics. She is an alumna of the Beethoven promotion at the College of Europe (2005-2006).

Professor Garben is the General Editor (together with L. Gormley and K. Purnhagen) of the OUP Online Encyclopedia of EU Law (forthcoming in 2021) and regularly contributes to EU law handbooks, such as the Commentary on the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, edited by M. Kellerbauer, M. Klamert, and J. Tomkin), and The Law of the European Union (Kluwer Law International, 2018, edited by F. Ambtenbrink et al, access sample chapter S. Garben ‘Supporting Policies’).

She is currently under contract with Oxford University Press for a monograph on Competence in the EU Legal Order (expected 2022) and with Edward Elgar for a monograph on EU Constitutional Law (expected 2024).

She gives guest lectures and academic presentations at many other universities, which have included inter alia the University of OxfordHarvard University, the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics (LSE), Humboldt Berlin and HEC Paris.

Key publications include:


  • S. Garben, L. Gormley and K. Purnhagen, OUP Online Encyclopedia of EU Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, soft launch planned for February 2021)
  • A. Aranguiz & S. Garben, ‘Combating Income Inequality in the EU: A Legal Assessment of a Potential EU Minimum Wage Directive’, European Law Review, accepted





Selected key publications before 2017

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