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Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne

Personal Chair of European Union Law

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Niamh welcomes enquiries from potential students interested in undertaking research degrees in any of her areas of research.


Niamh Nic Shuibhne is Professor of European Union Law. She is one of the Joint Editors of the Common Market Law Review. She was Joint Editor of the European Law Review from 2009-2014, and remains a member of its Editorial Board. She is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), where she introduced the first compulsory course on EU citizenship law in 2013. 

Her research examines questions of substantive EU law from a constitutional perspective, with a particular focus on principle-based analysis of free movement law and European Union citizenship. Themes that underpin that work include the values of coherence, fairness and integrity; the respective commitments, and responsibilities, of the Union and of the Member States; and the quality of EU legal decision-making, with particular emphasis on the role of the judiciary. 

She has recently completed a project on the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2016-2019). That work examined how protection of the foundational commitment to equal treatment in EU law became problematically detached from how free movement is experienced in practice and has come to represent an ideological challenge to the sustainability of the Union more generally: how it became a ‘confounding’ rather than founding EU value.

Her current research explores the integrity of the EU legal system in a wider sense, with specific focus on the concepts and principles that 'drive' the functioning of that system.


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