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Claire Kilpatrick

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Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor of International and European Labour and Social Law 

KilpatrickAppointed in September 2011 as Professor of International and European Labour and Social Law and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law. In January 2019, Professor Kilpatrick was appointed as Dean of Graduate Studies. 


Before coming to the EUI in 2011, she worked at LSE and before that at Cambridge University. Her interests lie mainly in the law and policy construction of Social Europe, especially the EU’s roles. A focus of her recent work has been EMU and Social Europe with a particular focus on sovereign debt loan arrangements and legal challenges to those arrangements from those within debtor EU states before the Court of Justice and human rights bodies. She is also running research projects on the new generation of Equality Law in Europe and on The Court of Justice in the Archives. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Industrial Law Journal, the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations and the Giornale di diritto di lavoro e di relazioni industriali.


Supervision Interests

“I welcome research proposals on Social Europe, broadly defined. I am especially interested in new social challenges created by EMU and enlargement and in public interest lawyering before European institutions”

Selected Publications

Research Interests

  • Social dimension of EU
  • Economic and Monetary Union: legal and social aspects
  • Labour and social rights as human and fundamental rights
  • Public interest lawyering in Europe
  • Equality and anti-discrimination law

Research Projects

  • Equality Law in Europe - A New Generation:      The project seeks to give researchers and the general public insights, tools and ideas about how to analyse and concretely use contemporary European Equality Law. The project has constructed a comprehensive open access database of CJEU discrimination cases from 1970 to 2018, which is the first of its kind.
  • The Court of Justice in the Archives:

    Through analysis of a justified selection of cases this project will address how can we best demonstrate and evaluate the potential of the Court of Justice archives from a range of disciplinary perspectives (legal history, sociology of European law, EU law) and how can we convey and consider the specificities of this archival holding.

  • Euro-Crisis Law: A study of how Members States of the European Union are implementing EU legislation to rescue the Euro.

Useful Links

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 214 / 511

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Francesca Grassini

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Castello - Office SACA 108)

Working Languages: English, French, Italian



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