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Elena Caruso

Visiting Fellow

Department of Law

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Elena Caruso

Visiting Fellow

Department of Law


Elena Caruso is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research mainly focuses on social movements and law, reproductive rights, and empirical legal studies.

During her stay at the Department of Law of the European University Institute, Elena will work on her new project about how self-managed abortion practice challenges the medico-legal paradigm in the regulation of abortion. At the same time, she is working on the dissemination of her previous research on the legalisation of abortion in 1970s Italy.

Elena is also a fellow of the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, based at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Elena held visiting fellowships at the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, Melbourne Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, Cardiff School of Law and Politics and, as Erasmus student, she conducted a semester of research at the University of Bonn Law School.

In July 2023, Elena obtained a PhD from Kent Law School. Prior to her doctoral studies, she obtained a MA in Law from the University of Catania and an LLM in International Law from Kent Law School.

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