Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Fundamental Rights in EU Internal Market Legislation

Dr Vasiliki Kosta, Leiden University

11Nov2015 13:00 - 14:00


In her recently published book 'Fundamental Rights in EU Internal Market Legislation', Vasiliki Kosta attempts to systematize the present interrelationship between fundamental rights and the EU internal market in the field of positive integration. The author will present the main argument of her book. The event is open to the public.

The book's intention is simple: to examine the way in which, and the extent to which, fundamental rights protection is realised through EU internal market legislation. To that end, the analysis is conducted around four rights or sets of rights: data protection, freedom of expression, fundamental labour rights and the right to health. The book assesses not only what substantive level of protection is achieved for these fundamental rights, but it also estimates whether there is a ‘fundamental rights culture’ that informs current legislative practice. Finally, it asks the overarching question whether the current state of harmonisation amounts to a ‘fundamental rights policy’.

The speaker

Vasiliki Kosta is Assistant Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. She studied law at King’s College London obtaining the LLB in 2006 and the LLM in European Law (Distinction) in 2007. Subsequently she pursued her PhD research at the European University Institute in Florence on ‘Fundamental Rights in Internal Market Legislation’. From 2009 - 2011 she also held a position as research associate at the Academy of European Law, EUI Florence. In 2011 Kosta was a ‘stagiaire’ at the Court of Justice of the EU and she completed a traineeship at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in 2011/2012. 


Attendance is free of charge. For organizational reasons, please sign up for the meeting by sending an email to Angela Moisl,

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