Eleanor Spaventa

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I hold a laurea in law from the Universita' La Sapienza in Rome, an LL.M in European Law from the University of Cambridge, and a D.Phil in European Law from the University of Oxford. I started my academic career as a Norton Rose European Law Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (New Hall, now Murray Edwards, 2000-2004), where I taught European Law, and supervised EU law and UK Constitutional Law. I also acted as Director of Studies for the College. I then moved to the University of Birmingham, where I was a lecturer from 2004-to 2006 and to Durham Law School, where I was first Reader and the Professor of European Union Law (2006-2018). Whilst at Durham I was also the Director of the Durham European Law Institute (2006-2011; and 2016-17).  
I have been visiting professor in several institutions, including the College of Europe in Natolin, and I held fellowships at the European University Institute (Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship) and at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Durham. 

I am currently the Director of the Bocconi Lab in European Studies (BLEST, https://blest.unibocconi.eu/) and a Member of the Management Committee of the Institute for European Policymaking @BU (IEP, https://iep.unibocconi.eu/) as well Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and a member of the editorial board of the Common Market Law Review.

My research focuses on the law and policy of the European Union, with a particular interest in EU constitutional law, Fundamental Rights, Common Foreign and Security Policy, EU institutional balance, Union citizenship and internal market law.   

Full Professor
European Union Law
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I have authored and co-authored reports commissioned by the European Parliament PETI committee and by the European Commission (DG EMPL), as well as giving evidence to national policy makers. My work has been quoted by several Advocates General in front of the European Court of Justice.

Research interests

Law and policy of the European Union; EU Constitutional Law; Fundamental Rights; Common Foreign and Security Policy; EU institutional balance; Union Citizenship; and Internal Market Law; Brexit.   

Selected Publications

Economic justifications and Union Citizenship: Reallocating welfare responsibilities to the State of origin

P Koutrakos, N Nic Shuibhne & P Syrpis, Exceptions from EU Free Movement Law - Derogation, Justification and Proportionality (Oxford, Hart Publishing)

What is left of Union Citizenship?

Inclusion and Exclusion in the European Union – collected papers, Amesterdam