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Visiting Researchers

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG invites interested researchers working in the field of European public law, public administration or related fields to apply for a short-term, self-funded research stay at the centre. Below you find information on how to apply and a list of former visitors.

How to apply

Dr Floris de Witte

In the months February to April 2018, ACELG welcomes Floris de Witte, Associate Professor at LSE Law. Floris de Witte is Associate Professor at LSE Law. He teaches EU law in the LL.B, LL.M and MSc. Floris' research deals with the interaction between EU law and political theory, with particular emphasis on free movement, the Euro-crisis and the role of the individual in the EU. Floris holds a PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science.  He is an affiliated member of the LSE European Institute and sits in the editorial board of the German Law Journal and the European Law Journal. 

Pierluigi Cuccuru

In the months February and March, ACELG welcomes Pierluigi Cuccuru, PhD candidate at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Pierluigi graduated in Law summa cum laude at the University of Pisa (2014). He then trained as a research assistant at the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) of the University of Leicester, before being admitted to the Ph.D. program at Sant'anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa) with a project about the European Standardisation System. In 2017, Pierluigi spent four months at the Brussels School of International Studies - University of Kent, further refining his research.

His research interests lie in technical harmonisation and standards within the EU legal order - with special attention paid to judicial review and stakeholders involvement issues - and free movement law, as well as contract automation through blockchain technologies, a topic he studied also in partnership with the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB

Beatrice Russo
Beatrice Russo (private photo)

Beatrice Russo

In the months April to July 2016, ACELG hosted Beatrice Russo, PhD fellow at the Università degli Studi della Campania L. Vanvitelli, for a research stay in Amsterdam. Beatrice Russo pursued her research project on gender discrimination in the field of sport. Beatrice Russo is an Italian lawyer and PhD Fellow at the "Università degli Studi della Campania L. Vanvitelli-SUN". She has authored several articles and case studies and has contributed to a series of legal and political publications. Furthermore she has participated, as guest speaker, in various conferences at the Italian Senate and, as guest lecturer, in different Universities, such as "Ca Foscari - Univeristy" in Venice and "Università degli Studi di Roma Tre" in Rome. Beatrice has been "Cultore della materia" (Subject Expert) in Administrative Law (Sports and Regulations), at the Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico and she collaborates with the academic Foundation Foro Italico and the Cultura Democratica Foundation (European think tank on legal and political topics). She is co-director of the "Labour and Welfare" section of the Scientific Magazine Innovazione & Riforme and "Young Leader" in "The Pacific Forum CSIS".

Zurab Gvelesiani

Zurab Gvelesiani, PhD Fellow Central European University

Zurab Gvelesiani was a visiting researcher at ACELG in the fall of 2016. He continued to pursue his doctoral reseach on the synergies and interdependence of competition and consumer laws, scrutinizing EU law in comparison with the legal transplant of Georgia. Zurab  holds a LLM degree in EU law from Stockholm University and a LLM degree in Jurisprudence from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He has authored several articles and case studies and has contributed to a series of annual legal and business publications. Between 2011-2013 he was an invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University and later at Ilia State University, teaching courses in competition and business law. Moreover, he has almost a decade-long professional experience of working at various private and non-governmental organizations. Zurab Gvelesiani is a member of the Georgian Bar Association and has extensive experience of litigating before all the instances of the national judicial system. 

Nanette Neuwahl, Professor at Université de Montréal

In the month of January 2016, ACELG welcomed Professor Nanette Neuwahl, University of Montreal, for a stay in Amsterdam. Nanette Neuwahl, a Dutch national, is a Full Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP) and has since 2008 held the Chaire Jean Monnet en Droit de l'Union européenne de l'Université de Montréal. She specializes in European Union law (particularly constitutional law and external relations) and her research focuses on the interaction and division of competencies between the European Union and its member states, the European Union’s external relations, internormativity and access to justice. She is also a co-editor of the European Foreign Affairs Review (Kluwer Law International).

Tomi Tuominen, PhD fellow at the University of Lapland

Tomi Tuominen was hosted by ACELG from September to December 2015 to pursue his research project on the effects of the Eurozone crisis on the development of the European Constitution. In his dissertation, Tomi Tuominen investigates how the different crisis response measures adopted by the Union and the Member States have affected the development of the European Constitution and thus integration in general. His analysis looks at four different measures (the TSCG, the EMS, the Banking Union and the ECB’s OMT-programme) and the actions that different institutions both at the EU and national level have taken before, during and after their inception (political decisions, enactments of norms, judicial decisions, etc.) as a reaction to them. The thus derived overall picture is contrasted with the theory of constitutional pluralism with the aim of analyzing both the theory in light of current actions as well as the theory’s implications for the future of European integration. In practice, the latter part asks whether normative constitutional pluralism is a plausible state for the European Union.

Prof. Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of Law at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris and Global Clinical Professor at New York University School of Law

Alberto Alemanno was hosted by ACELG as an ACCESS EUROPE Visiting Professor in February 2015. His research focuses on the role of evidence and public input in policymaking and adjudication. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he regularly provides advice to a variety of organizations, such as the the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Health Organisation, as well as numerous NGOs and governments across the world on various aspects of European Union law, international regulatory cooperation, international trade and global health law as well as evidence-based policymaking.

Prof. Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of European Law at Cambridge University

Kenneth Armstrong was hosted by ACELG as an ACCESS EUROPE Visiting Professor in April 2014. He was Professor of EU law at Queen Mary, University of London, before being appointed to the Professorship in European Law at Cambridge University in 2013. He has also held positions at Keele University and the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Kenneth Armstrong has written extensively in the field of European Union law and policy, with a particular focus on the evolving governance and institutional structures of the EU. His book  Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and won the 2011 UACES Best Book Prize.

Dr Patricia Lenaghan, Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Patricia Lenaghan was a visiting reseracher at ACELG and ACIL from March to June 2014. She specializes in international trade law, regional integration and development as well as European Union law. She has written on the field of European Union Law, The Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement entered into between the European Union and South Africa as well as the impact of Trade and Globalisation on the Developing World.

Henning Fuglsang Sørensen, Ph.D. fellow at University of Aarhus

Henning Fuglsang Sørensen pursued his doctoral research on 'The right to damages after surrender under the European Arrest Warrant' at ACELG in May 2013. He acquired an LLM and a MSc (Econ) and worked at the office of the district attorney before starting his Ph.D. project. Processing the claims for damages from acquitted or non-prosecuted defendants was one of his major tasks, and the idea to the Ph.D. project was thus fostered by speculations about how to handle these claims if they were based on EU and not only Danish criminal law.

Akif Akbas, Ph.D. fellow at Yeditepe University

Mehmet Akif Akbas was a visiting researcher at ACELG in September 2014. He received his B.A. from Yeditepe University Law Faculty and his LL.M. from UEA Norwich. He worked as a research assistant at the European Law Chair at Yeditepe University Law Faculty and as a Ph.D. student at the same University.