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As of 3 September 2018, Sophie Dura will start her PhD research at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance. Her PhD research is titled 'a European Pillar of Social Rights: Expectations, Implementation and Potential Impact on the EU’s Performance in the Protection of Social Rights within and outside the EU'. It will take the European Pillar of Social Rights as its starting point, which the EU institutions solemnly proclaimed on the 17th November 2017. It will then examine legal and non-legal channels the EU uses to enact, implement, monitor and enforce social rights and principles. In addition, the research intents to explore if and how the European Pillar of Social Rights can improve the performance of the EU in this field. In order to fulfill its aim as a comprehensive research, the thesis uses an interdisciplinary approach using legal and political research methods. Sophie began her legal studies at the University of Leipzig and passed the German state exam in 2016. Afterwards, she studied European Union Law at the University of Amsterdam and obtained her LL.M in 2017. Since then, she has worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leipzig.

Sophie Dura