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Deirdre Curtin

Deirdre Curtin  

Professor of European Law 


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Federica Casarosa

FedericaCasarosapictureFederica Casarosa is Research Fellow at the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the European University Institute, Department of Law. She graduated in Private Comparative Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a Master of Research in Law from the European University Institute (2003).  In 2008, she successfully defended her PhD thesis on the role of information in online contracting, in particular analysing the protection provided to consumers in the pre-contractual phase. She has worked as a consultant for FAO and as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Her research interests focus on new media law and regulation, and on child protection in the media sector. Her works appeared on several Italian and international journals, such as the European Review of  Private Law, the Journal of Internet Law, and Diritto dell’Informazione e dell’Informatica.

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Cristina Dallara


Cristina Dallara is permanent researcher in Political Science at the Research Institute on Judicial Systems of the Italian National Research Council (IRSIG-CNR) based in Bologna. She was Jean Monnet fellow at EUI in 2011-2012 working on Transnational Judicial Networks, with a special focus on the Council of Europe Venice Commission. She was trained as a political scientist at the University of Bologna. Later on, she hold a PhD in Political Science at the University of Florence, defending a thesis on the effects of EU policies in promoting judicial and anti-corruption reforms in Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. She was employed in several international research projects on the role of the EU, the Council of Europe and other international organizations in promoting judicial reforms in the post-communist area. She was also involved as expert by Cepej-CoE and OSCE in studies and programmes on quality of justice and judicial independence in transitional countries. Main Research interests: EU judicial networks and their role in promoting a global model of justice, judicial and anti-corruption reforms in democratizing countries, EU enlargement.

Filippo Fontanelli

FilippoFontanelliFilippo Fontanelli is a lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edimburgh, where he teaches EU Fundamental Rights Law, International Law and WTO Law. Filippo Fontanelli read Law at the University of Pisa (Law Degree and Advanced Law Degree, in 2004 and 2006) and at the Sant'Anna School (Diploma di Licenza, 2008), and worked in the Rome office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP, from 2007 to 2009.

 In 2010, he completed an LLM at the New York University School of Law, where he served as Hauser Global LLM Fellow and was awarded the Jerome Lipper Prize for his achievements in the field of International Law.  In September 2010, he embarked on a one-year clerkship as NYU university trainee at the International Court of Justice (The Hague), working for H.E. Judge Cançado Trindade and H.E. Keith. Before joining the Law School of the University of Edinburgh, Dr Fontanelli lectured law at the School of Law of the University of Surrey (2012-2014), where he taught public international law, law of the World Trade Organization, EU law I and II, international law of foreign investment protection and international law of human rights protection.

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Giuseppe Martinico

Martinico2Giuseppe Martinico is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa. He was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Giuseppe got a PhD in Law from the Scuola Superiore Sant`Anna (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Pisa, Italy, where he also conducted two years of post-doctoral research. In Pisa he also serves as STALS Editor (www.www.stals.sssup.it). He has also held the position of visiting researcher at the University of Barcelona, Université de Montréal, University of Geneva, King’s College, London, and the Tilburg Institute of Comparative and Transnational Law (TICOM). He is also Researcher at the Centre for Studies on Federalism, Turin and member of the editorial board of Perspectives on Federalism (http://www.on-federalism.eu/).

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Mislav Mataija

Mislav MataijaMislav Mataija is Lecturer at the University of Zagreb, being formerly a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, where he defended his Doctoral Thesis on the application of EU free movement and competition law to private regulation.

 He has LLM degrees from Columbia Law School, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the title of James Kent Scholar (2009), as well as from the EUI (2010), and a law degree from the University of Zagreb (2007). He has taught European Union law and international trade law at the University of Zagreb and in several summer schools (Croatia, Romania), worked as a stagiaire in the chambers of Judge Ilešic at the Court of Justice of the European Union, and as a clerk at the Commercial Court in Zagreb. He has participated in a number of training and consultancy projects with judges, attorneys, NGOs and parliamentarians in Croatia and the broader region.

 His research interests include EU internal market and competition law, as well as international trade and investment law.

Juan Antonio Mayoral

 JuanAMayoralJuan A. Mayoral is a doctor member candidate in the Juan March Institute and PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, where he is working on his doctoral research about the institutional and political factors that influence the application of European law by national courts under the supervision of Adrienne Héritier. Currently, he holds a BA in Law (2004), Philosophy (2005), and Political Science (2006) and he obtained the Diploma of specialization in Political Science and Constitutional Law taught by the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in 2006. That same year, he was awarded the grant from the Juan March Institute of Study and Research for master and doctoral studies at the Centre of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (2006). In 2009 he obtained a MA in Democracy and Governance in the Autonomous University of Madrid.

During his PhD research he has been a visiting fellow researcher at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies-CSIC in Madrid (Spain), the Centre d’Études Européennes – Science Po in Paris (France) and the European Centre of National in Warsaw (Poland).

His research interests lie in the fields of EU Judicial Politics, EU institutions and legal integration, the role of courts in authoritarian regimes, public opinion and justice, among others. He is particularly interested in the application of surveys and econometric techniques for the analysis of judges' attitudes and behaviour.

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Madalina Moraru

Madalina MoraruMadalina Moraru (PhD in Law) is currently a Scientific Coordinator and Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, researching and coordinating various Projects financed by the European Commission on fundamental rights, judicial cooperation, and migration issues. She obtained her PhD from the EUI in 2015 with a thesis entitled Protecting (unrepresented) EU citizens in third countries: the intertwining roles of the EU and its Member States. She has a magna cum laude LLM in European Law from Durham University (2008), as well as from the EUI (2010), and a law degree from the Faculty of Law, Bucharest (2007). Ms Moraru participated as Country Correspodent for Romania, legal expert and project leader in several European Projects financed by the European Commission, European Parliament and the European University Institute on a different range of topics: protection of EU citizens abroad, fundamental rights of EU citizens and third country nationals, and training of national judges from EU Member States on EU law subjects. She has organised several conferences on the law of EU external relations and published articles in Romanian, Italian and European journals on: protection abroad of EU citizens, the EU fundamental right of due process and judicial dialogue between domestic courts and the CJEU.

Her research interests include the law and policies of EU external relations, fundamental rights, judicial cooperation and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, public international and comparative law.

Nicole Lazzerini


Since 16th April 2014, I have been working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in European Union Law in the Law Department of the University of Parma (Italy). I hold a Ph.D. EU Law from the European University Institute of Florence (2013). In 2011, I worked as stagiaire in the cabinet of Advocate General Cruz Villalon at the European Court of Justice. After my graduation thesis (University of Florence, 2011), I collaborated for several years as assistant to ad personam Jean Monnet chairs. Since 2016, I hold a course on the protection of rights conferred on individuals by EU law in the University of Parma. I am the Project Manager of CharterClick!, a 2-year project on the EU Charter of fundamental rights co-funded by the DG Justice of the European Commission. My main research interests include EU institutional law, fundamental rights and the common foreign and security policy. 


Karolina Podstawa

KarolinaPodstawa Karolina Podstawa is senior researcher on the FRAME project based at the EIUC in Venice. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute and MAs in Law and Administration (2008), English Language and Literature (2009) from the University of Łódź, Poland as well as the EUI (2009). She acted as a project manager for the EUI based Centre for Judicial Cooperation where she dealt with and contributed substantively both to internally and externally funded projects. Within this framework she organized and conducted quasi-training activities for judges collaborating widely with international judicial organizations and national judicial entities.

Previously, as an in-house lawyer she dealt with liberalization of the Polish telecommunications market and more recently she served in the Office of Personal Data Protection Authority in Poland (GIODO).

Her research interests lie in the area of internal and external human rights policies of the European Union (external policy tools were a subject of her PhD thesis), data protection, judicial dialogue and cooperation.


Aida Torres Pérez

AidaTorresAida Torres Pérez is Professor of Constitutional Law at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) since 2006. She graduated in Law at Pompeu Fabra (1999), where she pursued doctoral studies (DEA 2003). She studied a Master of Laws at the Yale Law School (LL.M. 2002), where she also wrote her thesis and obtained her doctoral degree (JSD 2006). She has developed post-doctoral research at the European University Institute (Florence 2009), at the University of Trento (2011), and at the University of Maastricht (2012). She is member of a team holding a framework contract with the European Parliament for the provision of external advice to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in the field of fundamental rights, citizenship and combating discrimination (2009-2014). Her main fields of research are European constitutionalism, the multilevel system of rights protection in Europe, judicial dialogue, fundamental rights’ interpretation, judicial independence of international courts. She published Conflicts of Rights in the European Union. A Theory of Supranational Adjudication, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009, as well as several articles on these topics. She has given conferences, seminars, and courses in Europe and Latin-America.

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Viorica Vita

Viorica VitaViorica Vita is a LLM researcher at European University Institute where she is conducting research on Fundamental Rights in the framework of European Structural and Investment Funds. She is an alumna of College of Europe, Marie-Curie Promotion (2011-2012) where she obtained a MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies with the specialization in the European single market law. She holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Bucharest (2011). In 2012 she worked as stagiaire at the European Agency for Fundamental Rights where she conducted research on the Member States developments in the field of fundamental rights. In 2013, she defended her bar exam and is currently a member of the Bucharest Bar. She participated in advanced training sessions of the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2012) and University of Bologna (2014). She is author of several publications in Romanian and Italian legal journals in the fields of human rights law, EU law, EU fundamental rights law and constitutional law.

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