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Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne

Personal Chair of European Union Law

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Willingness to take Ph.D. 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 was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) from 2013-2016, where she introduced the first compulsory course on EU citizenship law. 

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 of the judicial function. She is currently working on the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens. This project, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship from 2016-2019, assesses whether the legal concepts that currently apply in EU free movement and citizenship law are adequate to cope with the diverse problems that those who exercise free movement rights face in reality. The project also examines the connections between these concepts and the constitutional foundations of the European Union more broadly.

Other recent work looks at the justification arguments that Member States use when restricting free movement rights in order to protect national public interest concerns, and especially the growing role played by evidence and proof in that area; and at how fundamental rights are protected in the EU legal order.


Research outputs

  1. What is the autonomy of EU law, and why does that matter?

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Consensus as challenge and retraction of rights: Can lessons be drawn from and for EU citizenship law?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. iCourts Research Centre Seminar

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. EU Citizenship and Justice

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. Being a Citizen in Europe: bEUcitizen project conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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