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European Union Law Course 2020 Faculty

General Course: The EU’s Constitution and European Public Policies: The Law as Tool and Constraint

EU-Bruno De Witte2

Bruno De Witte is Professor of European Union Law at Maastricht University, co-director of the Maastricht Centre for European Law, and a part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. His main fields of research and publications: the constitutional law of the European Union; relations between international, European and national law; protection of fundamental rights in Europe; the rights of minorities, language law and cultural diversity in Europe; internal market law and non-market values; decision-making and legal instruments of EU law.


Specialized Courses: Revisiting the Free Movement of Persons in EU Law

Exploring the Relationships between Mobility and Migration in EU Law


EU-Segolene Barbou Des Places

Ségolène Barbou des Places is Professor of Public and European Law at the Sorbonne Law School, Paris 1 University. She is also a Fellow of the Institut Migration, and teaches at La Sapienza University in Rome. She has been a Marie Curie Fellow and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. She is a founding editor of European Papers. A Journal on Law and Integration. Professor Barbou des Places has published on a variety of subjects in the fields of European integration, migration law and legal epistemology. She currently investigates, and tries to conceptualise, the transformation of mobility law in Europe. 




What is Fair Mobility?

EU-Sacha Garben

Sacha Garben is Professor of EU Law at the Legal Studies department of the College of Europe, Bruges. She is on leave from the European Commission, where she was appointed as an official in 2013, and where she worked as a Legal Officer on EU labour law until joining the College of Europe in 2015. She 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 previously worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union and at the London School of Economics. Sacha has published on a range of constitutional and substantive EU law issues, with a particular focus on social law, education law, and competences in the EU legal order. She is the General Editor (together with L. Gormley and K. Purnhagen) of the OUP Online Encyclopedia of EU Law (forthcoming in 2020).


Evolutions: Mapping the Past, Present and Future of the Free Movement of Persons

EU-Niamh Nic Shuibhne

Niamh Nic Shuibhne is Professor of European Union Law at the University of Edinburgh. She is one of the joint editors of the Common Market Law Review and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), where she teaches a course on EU Citizenship Law. Her research examines questions of substantive EU law from a constitutional perspective, with a particular focus on principle-based analysis of free movement law and European Union citizenship. She has recently completed a project on the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2016- 2019). That work examined how protection of the foundational commitment to equal treatment in EU law came to represent an ideological challenge to the sustainability of free movement and to the European Union more generally. It also explored connections between the concepts and context of EU equal treatment and free movement law and the integrity of the EU legal system in a wider sense.

The Political Economy of Free Movement and EU Law

EU-Martin Ruhs

Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute. He is on leave from the University of Oxford. Martin’s research focuses on the economics and politics of international migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. His books include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour Migration (Princeton University Press, 2013), Bridging the Gaps: Linking Research to Public Debates and Policy-Making on Migration and Integration (Oxford University Press, 2019, co-edited with Kristof Tamas and Joakim Palme), and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2010, co-edited with B. Anderson). He is currently working on a research monograph on “multinational corporations, migrant labour and the nation state”, and a collaborative research project (with Joakim Palme and colleagues at Uppsala University) on “national institutions and the politics of free movement in the European Union”, funded by Horizon2020.

 Brexit and Free Movement of Persons

EU-Eleanor Spaventa

Eleanor Spaventa is Professor of EU Law at the School of Law, Bocconi University, having previously taught at  the universities of Durham, Birmingham and Cambridge (all in the UK). Eleanor's research interests span from Union citizenship, free movement of persons, and internal market law, to EU fundamental rights and EU constitutional law. Generally Eleanor is interested in the boundary between state action and the EU, and in the development at EU level of autonomous doctrines that impinge on, and overlap with, established national doctrines and sensitivities. At present Eleanor is occupied and preoccupied with the effect of Brexit on Union citizens, both from a practical and a conceptual viewpoint. In this respect, Eleanor has authored two reports on citizens' rights post-Brexit for the PETI committee of the European Parliament. 


In March 2020, Italy took stringent measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19. The Academy summer courses scheduled to take place in June and July 2020 will not be held at the EUI as planned. The Law of the European Union course will be available online for a very limited number of participants. The course is already full and we cannot accept any new applications.


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