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Durham University

Durham European Law Institute

People at the Institute


Dr Pierre Schammo

Dr Pierre Schammo is a Reader in Law at Durham Law School. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford (Magdalen College), Leiden and Strasbourg. His research is at the intersection of financial and banking law, EU law and ‘law in context’.

Dr Irene Wieczorek

Irene is an Assistant Professor in European Union Law at Durham Law School since October 2019. Irene holds an LLB from the University of Trento (IT) and from the Université Paris 13 (FR), an LLM from the University of Trento (IT), and from the University of Maastricht (NL) and a M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (PO). In 2016 she obtained her PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. During her PhD, she was a visiting scholar at the Max Plank Institute for the Study of Crime Security and Law (DE), and at the European University Institute (IT). In 2014, she was the recipient of the European University Institute - Academy of European Law Diploma. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Flemish National Council (FWO) three-year Post-Doctoral Scholarship (declined). Prior to coming to Durham, she was a research associate at the University of Cambridge sponsored by the Wiener Anspach Foundation.

Her research interests lie in the field of European Criminal law, and inter-state cooperation in the fight against crime more in general. She is particularly interested in the legitimacy and constitutional dimension of such cooperation, and she has explored this theme in the context of EU harmonisation of criminal law, judicial cooperation, notably transfers of prisoners, and EU cooperation with third states. She is a member of the European Criminal Law Academic Network, and an Associated, and managing Editor to the New Journal of European Criminal Law, one of the leading publications in this field.

Ms Maria Antonia Panasci

Maria Antonia is a Teaching Fellow in International/EU Law and PhD Candidate at Durham Law School. She was Visiting Doctoral Researcher at NYU School of Law and tutor at Bocconi University. Her research, which is in the field of European constitutionalism and EU social law, has been funded by the AHRC. Prior to joining Durham University, she practised as a trainee lawyer in Italy.