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Marloes Spreeuw joined Westminster Law School as a Lecturer in 2014. She studied at Leiden University, King’s College London and the University of Westminster. Marloes holds an LLB, LLM in Corporate Law, LLM in European Union Law and has recently successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “The Application of the Principle of Mutual Recognition in EU Criminal Law Matters – Internally and Externally vis-à-vis Pre-Accession Policy”. Her PhD research attracted external funding of a total amount of €26,000 from Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Fundatie van Renswoude and Dr Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Funds, on the basis of the originality of the research proposal.

Marloes is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has a PGCert in Higher Education. She is a member of the Law School’s Teaching and Learning Committee and her responsibilities focus on the undergraduate courses. Before entering academia, Marloes worked at a law firm (Practice Group: Corporate / M&A) and a Law Clinic.


Marloes has taught on a wide range of modules, including Contract Law, Tort Law, Commercial Law, European Union Law, Competition Law, Mooting, Legal Skills and Legal Practice, and EU Internal Market Law.

Her current teaching responsibilities are:

  • Commercial Law (Module Leader)
  • Law of the European Union
  • Supervisor for LLB/LLM Dissertations
  • Research Methods 


Marloes’ general research interests lie in the field of EU Law and EU Criminal Law. Currently, her research focuses on the legitimate application of the principle of mutual recognition in EU criminal matters which in recent years has become more challenging due to the serious violations of the foundational values by some Member States and the lack of EU enforcement tools to ensure adherence to these values. Her research also focuses on the implications that the non-compliance of current Member States with the prerequisite principles of EU membership might have on the Pre-Accession Policy. 

Research Interests:

  • EU Criminal Law
  • EU Justice and Home Affairs
  • The Rule of Law
  • EU Constitutional Law 
  • Human Rights Law
  • EU Enlargement/ Pre-Accession Policy
  • Constitutional and Political Theory