Erika Szyszczak is a Professor of Law at the University of Sussex. Erika was called to the Bar in 2004 and is an ADR accredited mediator.
She has written many books and articles in the area of European Union law and specialises in competition and employment law. She lectures widely at international and local professional and academic conferences.
Erika has acted as a consultant for the EC Commission and worked on numerous EU projects and reports, civil (public) service, judicial and legal training schemes and capacity-building projects in new, and associated States to the EU, as well as acting as an advisor to the House of Lords’ EU scrutiny committee.
Erika’s practice specialises in employment and discrimination law, EU law, competition law (including state aids and services of general economic interest (public services), advising clients from the commercial, ngo and charity sector.
Erika has recently advised clients on UK and EU competition law and its application to distribution schemes involving the electronics, furniture and sports’ goods sector. Other cases have involved EU state aid issues in the energy sector.
Erika has specialised knowledge of the EU free movement rules and has provided advice on sports law and also the implications of the proposed free movement of Patients’ Directive.
She appeared in R v. Cambridgeshire PCT ex parte European Surgeries Limited  EWCA Civ 416 (17 March 2008), concerning the impact of Article 49 EC (now Article 56 TFEU) on the internal market for NHS services.
Cases and advice include:
Erika chaired the ERRC Board in Budapest and has worked on advice for cases involving the use of EU and ECHR law in services/utility provision, discrimination and A8 nationals.
In addition to advice/opinion work, Erika regularly provides in-house training and up-dates on EU law developments.
In addition to practising as a commercial mediator, Erika delivers in-house workplace mediation and training.
Recently she provided an in-house workshop on employment/workplace mediation for commercial mediators at a leading firm of solicitors in Nottingham and has spoken at an evening event for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Erika has edited three books during 2011.
A fourth edited book is almost complete. This focuses on a current and pressing issue facing the EU: The Role of Social Services of General Interest in EU Law: New Challenges and Tensions.
The edited collection of essays from this conference will be published by TMC Asser Press in 2012 in the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest series.
The issue of how public services should be funded in the future in the EU is currently a major topic on the political agenda.