Dr Ivan Sammut

Dr Ivan Sammut

Dr Ivan Sammut


Senior Lecturer

Room 115
Humanities A (Laws,Theology,Criminology)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2757
Dr Ivan Sammut is a resident academic within the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, where he taught and researched since 2005. Prior to joining the University as an academic, he practiced law in Malta and acted as a consultant in EU law. He was also employed with the European Commission for two years. He also acts a freelance EU law consultant with various local law-firms and has authored a number of reports for the European Commission among others. As a practicing lawyer in Malta, his practice specialises in EU law. He has been a senior lecturer and a coordinator of a Jean Monnet module dealing with EU legal drafting and translation since 2013. He has considerable experience in the translation of EU documents and also holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He graduated BA in Law and European Studies in 1999 and Doctor of Laws in 2002 from the University of Malta. He was called to the Maltese bar in 2003. Subsequently, he read for LL.M. in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), and a Magister Juris in European & Comparative law from the University of Malta. In 2010 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, which is in the area of European private law, at the University of London. His teaching and research interests focus in particular on the EU Internal Market legislation, Justice and Home Affairs law, Competition law, European private law from a comparative perspective and European private international law. He has published various articles in Malta and in international peer reviewed journals such as the European Private Law Review. Dr Sammut is also the author of a monograph entitled Constructing Modern European Private Law - A Hybrid System published by CSP in the UK.
  • European private law
  • European private international law
  • EU Internal Market law
  • EU legal translations & drafting
  • Competition law
  • Justice & Home Affairs law
  • EU aviation law

SAMMUT, I., 2019. 'The EU, From a Common Market to the Charter on Human Rights: The Evolution of Fundamental Rights’. In: R.(.). MANGION, ed, The UN Declaration of Human Rights 70 years on. Fondazzjonijiet Celebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, Malta, pp. 111.

SAMMUT, I., 2018. ‘Developments in the Internal Market during Malta’s Presidency’, . In: HARWOOD M. ET AL. EDS., ed, Malta’s EU Presidency – A study in a Small State Presidency of the Council on the EU’ . Malta University Publishing, pp. 27-40.

SAMMUT, I., 2018. ‘The Translation of EU trademarks – a special type of Intellectual Property Translation’, . International Journal of Legal Discourse’, 3(1), pp. 3.

SAMMUT, I., 2018. The Context for European Private Law – Comparative Law, Legal Transplants & Mixed Legal systems,
. The European Legal Forum, (1), pp. 1-12.

SAMMUT, I., 2018. The effect of Multilingualism in the EU on European Legal Translation’, The International Journal for the Rule of Law, Courtroom procedures, Judicial linguistics and Legal English’ The International Journal for the Rule of Law, Courtroom procedures, Judicial linguistics and Legal English, 2(1), pp. 1-.30-52.

SAMMUT, I., 2016. ‘Interpreting the law in a Mixed Jurisdiction, The Professor vs the Judge, Peers or Rivals’ . Loyola Law Review, 62(Fall 2016), pp. 777-808,.

SAMMUT, I., 2016. 'Constructing Modern European Private Law – A Hybrid System’, . UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

SAMMUT, I., 2014.  ‘Malta report in the area of EU procurement law’ . In: NEEGARD U. ET AL. (EDS.), ed, XXVI FIDE Congress Copenhagen 2014 Reports, Public Procurement Law: Limitations, opportunities, and Paradoxes,. University of Copenhagen, pp. Volume 3.

SAMMUT, I., 2014. ‘Legal Engineering at the services of European Private Law (EPL), . International Journal of International Law, 1(1),.

SAMMUT, I., 2014. ‘Malta: At the Crossroads of Immigration’ . In: F. MEDVED, ed, The proliferation of Migration Transition: Selected New EU Member States. Brussels: European Liberal Forum, pp. 212.

SAMMUT, I., 2012. ‘Malta report in the area of AFSJ’ In: J. LAFFRANQUE, ed, Reports of the XVV FIDE Congress Tallinn 2012. Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu, pp. 461.

SAMMUT, I., 2012. 'From being an illegal immigrant to becoming an EU citizen: is the door too widely or to narrowly open, or what?’. In: P. XUEREB, ed, Migration and Asylum in Malta and the European Union: Rights and Realities 2002 to 2011. Msida, Malta: Malta University Press, pp. 295.

SAMMUT, I., 2011. 'Effectiveness of EU law at the National level: The Maltese experience so far’. In: E. BUTTIGIEG, ed, Enforcing One’s rights under EU law. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, pp. 17.

SAMMUT, I., 2010. ‘Malta & EU law’ In: A.(.). LAZOWSKI, ed,  The Application of EU law in the New Member States Brave New World . The Hague: TMC Asser Press, pp. 453.

SAMMUT, I., 2009. ‘Tying the Knot in European Private Law’. European Review of Private law, 17(5), pp. 813.

SAMMUT, I., 2009. 'The EU and Maltese Legal Orders: What kind of marriage between them?'. In: P. XUEREB, ed, Malta in the EU Five Years on and looking to the future. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, pp. 97.

SAMMUT, I., 2008. ‘Does more Trade openness increase World Poverty?, In: P. XUEREB, ed, The Fight Against Poverty. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, pp. 219.

SAMMUT, I., 2008. 'Private International law in family matters from a Maltese Perspective’. In: DI FILIPPO, M. ET AL (EDS.), ed, Verso un diritto internazionale privato europeo:risultati e prospettive,. Seville: University of Seville, pp. 195.

SAMMUT, I., 2007. ‘Competition law in Malta’ In: HOLMES, M. & DAVEY, L. (EDS.), ed, A practical guide to National Competition rules across Europe. 2nd ed. International Competition Law Series edn. The Hague: Kluwer Law International, pp. 593.

SAMMUT, I., 2007. ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the EU’s Acquis, Regulation v. Voluntary Conduct’. In: P. XUEREB, ed, Business Ethics and Religious Values in the EU and Malta – For a Moral Level Playing Field. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, pp. 85.

SAMMUT, I., 2006. ‘Family Law in the EU’s Acquis Communautaire: Where is it going?’ In: P. XUEREB, ed, The Family, Law, Religion and Society in the EU and Malta. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, pp. 107.

SAMMUT, I., 2006. ‘The relationship between Maltese law and the EU’. Id-Dritt, XIX, pp. 191.

SAMMUT, I., 2005. ‘Harmonisation of Private law or private international law – which is the way forward in Europe?’. http://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/41335/harmonisation_of_private_law.PDF edn. Malta: Series of Jean Monnet paper seminars, Malta European Studies Association, University of Malta.

  • ECL1000 - EU Law of Procedure
  • ECL2000 - Introduction to European Union Law
  • ECL2001 - European Union Law
  • ECL3004 - EU Internal Market Law
  • ECL4005 - European Conflict of Laws and Comparative Private Law
  • ECL4007 - Area of Freedom, Security and Justice Legislation
  • ECL4012 - The Law of EU Trade Policy
  • ECL5036 - The Law of Fundamental Freedoms of the European Union (Internal Market)
  • ECL5041 - EU and Comparative Competition Law and Policy
  • ECL5049 - The Law of the Institutions of the EU
  • ECL5050 - Judicial Protection in the EU
  • ECL5065 - EU Legal Translation and Drafting EN/MT
  • ECL5069 - Advanced EU Law of Procedure
  • ECL5070 - EU Succession Law
  • ECL5071 - Research and Methodology for European Union Law
  • EST2060 - The Law of the Internal Market of the European Union
  • PBL5036 - Judicial Enforcement of Human Rights
Associate Research Fellow - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, https://ials.sas.ac.uk/about/about-us/people/ivan-sammut

Member of Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA), e.V. - Berlin

Member of American Society of Comparative Law - USA

Fellow of European Law Institute (ELI) - Vienna