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Deirdre Curtin

Professor of European Union Law


DC new 2Director of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the Robert Schuman Centre. Prior to joining the EUI, Prof. Curtin held the Chair in European Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam where she was also the founding Director of the Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance (2008-2016). Earlier, she held the Chair in European and International Governance at the Utrecht School of Governance of the University of Utrecht (2003-2013) and the Chair in the Law of International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht (1992-2002).  

Prof. Curtin is also an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2003) and a laureate of the Spinoza prize by the Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO, 2007) for research in the field of European law and governance. She holds Honorary Doctorates in law awarded by the University College in Dublin (2008) and University of Copenhagen (2018). She is an honorary Bencher of the King's Inn, Dublin (2013).

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.

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.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 728 / 267

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Valeria Raso

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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