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Deirdre Curtin

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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”

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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

Integrating Diversity in the European Union  (InDivEU): This Horizon 2020 project on Differentiated Integration (DI) brings together a wide variety of scholars from various disciplines from 14 different universities and is housed in the RSCAS. I lead the Work package on Constitutional Standards of Democracy and Accountability and a final working paper will be completed by July 2021. The main research question of this paper can be formulated as follows: does DI strengthen or undermine constitutional standards of democracy and accountability?

Un-Owned Personal Data. Inter-operable EU Borders and Transitioning Rights: This multi-annual Research Council funded project is led together with Prof Andrew Geddes RSCAS, Migration Policy Centre and brings together a number of law and other researchers to investigate whether advanced technologies, inherent in interoperable information systems in the Area of Freedom Security and Justice (AFSJ), undermine the fundamental rights of third-country nationals, including asylum seekers. Our aim is to understand the scope of interoperability in the AFSJ in relation to transitioning rights, in order to design an integrated model of interoperable justice encompassing different layers of accountability and liability.

Data at the Boundaries of Law: Following my convening of and participation in the Specialized Courses during the 2019 Academy of European Law summer course on The Law of the European Union, I  will edit and write in the forthcoming volume Data at the Boundaries of Law in the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law series published by OUP. The volume will include contributions by the lecturers who participated in the summer course, and the following themes will be examined in detail: EU data-led security; data protection law; unowned data; data-driven law; algorithmic transparency.

Seeing Executive Technocracy in the EU: This new book length project seeks to explore the role of experts and scientific evidence across very different crisis situations at the level of supranational governance. Traditionally getting access to what happens inside technocracies and the role of experts in that context is a real challenge if not impossible. Nowadays, however, with EU transparency policies that evolve and strengthen, is it not possible to study empirically what happens inside the box of actual decision making and the lead up to it? Seeing transparency in action requires precisely a more empirical, socio-legal turn in terms of methods and European law and governance seem to offer us a key tool. It enables not only the public and experts to understand expert executive responsibilities and to scrutinize scientific assessment work and outputs , it also enables the assessment of  the procedures from a normative perspective and the relationship in practice with the political executive. 


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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