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Deirdre Curtin

Head of Department
Professor of European Union Law


Director of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the Robert Schuman Centre and Professor of European Law and Governance of the University of Amsterdam since 2008, Prof. Curtin also held the Chair in European and International Governance at the Utrecht School of Governance of the University of Utrecht for almost a decade. Earlier she was Professor of the Law of International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht (1992-2002). 

Deirdre Curtin was also the founding director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), a centre of excellence of the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Prof. Curtin is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2003), a laureate of the Spinoza prize by the Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO, 2007) for research in the field of European law and governance. Prof. Curtin holds an Honorary Doctorate in law by the University College in Dublin (2008) and in 2013 was elected an Honorary Bencher by the King's Inn, Dublin.

Supervision interests

"I welcome research proposals on all aspects of European governance and European institutions, in particular in relation to their accountability and transparency. In addition issues relating to the protection of fundamental rights in Europe and beyond, in particular privacy and data protection, are part of my current research interests. I encourage researchers to address their topic from theoretical, empirical and interdisciplinary perspectives”

Research Interests

  • European Law and Institutions
  • EU Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe
  • Accountability of European Governance
  • Privacy and Security in a Global Context
  • Transparency and Secrecy in Law and Practice

Current Research Projects

The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN): a research, information and agenda-setting network informing agency operation within the EU in a transnational setting, bringing together renowned and young academics and practitioners from various disciplines and policy areas, pooling knowledge on research and legal provisions, policy documents and information on the practical operation of EU agencies.

ReNEUAL: Research Network on EU Administrative Law, a project dedicated to addressing the potential and the substantial need for simplification of EU administrative law.

CharterClick! is a user-friendly tool for detection of violations falling within the scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Supported by the European Commission under the “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship” Programme, it envisages close cooperation between 7 highly qualified academic institutions, an institute specialised in legal informatics and a broad set of bodies representing victims of fundamental rights violations from 11 Member States.

The Centre for Judicial Cooperation (CJC): a project seeking to facilitate the establishment of a space of collaboration and exchange of knowledge between legal practitioners and academic community on a variety of topics. Through its activities and expertise, the Centre aims to provide an umbrella framework for the judicial cooperation and dialogue initiatives undertaken at the European University Institute.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 728 / 267

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Claudia de Concini

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Manica - SAMN 243)

Working Languages: English, Dutch and French



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