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Durham European Law Institute

People at the Institute

Director

Professor Eleanor Spaventa

Eleanor Spaventa is Professor of European Union Law; Eleanor's research interests lie in European Union Law and in particular in the fields of European constitutional law, free movement, Union citizenship, fundamental rights and co- operation in criminal matters in the EU. Eleanor has co-authored two reports for the European Commission on free movement of workers; and one for the European Parliament on fundamental rights. For details see https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=4411.

PGR Co-Convenor & Editor-in-Chief DELI Blog

Andreas Georgiou

Andreas is a graduate of Durham University (LLB) and holds a Masters in International Financial Law with Distinction from King’s College London. Currently a PhD student at Durham Law School, Andreas is working on the impact of the EU's financial stability policy agenda on the functioning of the common market for financial services under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Schammo and Professor Robert Schütze. His broader research interests include EU constitutional law, free movement, and securities and banking regulation.

PGR Co-Convenor

Maria Antonia Panascì

Maria Antonia holds a joint BA/MA (magna cum laude) from University of Catania (Italy) and a specialised diploma (magna cum laude ) from Scuola Superiore di Catania, an interdisciplinary centre for advanced studies.

Before being awarded a Northern Bridge Doctoral Studentship, she clerked in the Court of Appeal and practised as a trainee lawyer in Italy.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, her research investigates the extent and justification for transnational solidarity in the EU by juxtaposing the contraction in the significance of Union citizenship as a source of social solidarity towards vulnerable migrant citizens, with the substantial demand for redistribution in the Eurozone after the sovereign debt crisis. Her doctoral studies are supervised by Professor Eleanor Spaventa and Dr Deirdre McCann.

Student Representatives

LLB, 1st year representatives

Viviane Bablin

I’m Viviane, a first-year undergraduate law student at Durham University and one of the Durham European Law Institute’s student representatives. I am also a member of the Pro Bono Syrian Legal Development Project where I work on emergency shelter and camp coordination in Syria. I spent 3 years in an international school in France where I did an International Baccalaureate. I have participated in many linguistic exchanges, including with Germany and Taiwan.
I look forward to taking part in DELI’s exciting events planned this year!

Shirley Chan

Shirley was born in Hawaii but happily grew up in South Africa she is currently an undergraduate law student at Durham University. Her legal interest lie broadly in International law and Human Rights, which has led to her post as the UNICEF ambassador for the 2017 Durham Model United Nations Conference along with her Editor position for the Africa section of the Durham University Pro Bono Blog, and team member for the Amicus Project. Shirley is also presently the president of Durham University Arts and Humanities Society as she’s always cultivated her creative side, prior to her arrival in Durham she has been involved for 5 years in various big and small charity projects, conferences across the southern parts of Africa and around Asia. In which she takes most pride in an organization named ‘OMG, Girls on a mission’ that focuses on education for children and empowering woman as her and her friends helped it grow.

As one of the first-year student representatives of the Durham European Law Institute, she hopes to gain more entail on the core elements that allow the European Union to function sufficiently. Apart from her academic commitments she enjoys music, photography and a good cup of tea.

Su Nahmias

Su is a first year undergraduate law student at Durham Law School, acting as one of the student representatives. Prior to coming to Durham, she established and began coordinating a school community service project titled, "Hunger for What?" in 2012. This project aims to create awareness among students about various issues such as environmental pollution, lack of education, ignorance or the impact of technology on communication skills.

In addition to her work in DELI, she is also a student representative in St Chad’s College for both the Academic Affairs Committee and the Charity Committee. Furthermore, she is also currently taking an extracurricular language enhancement course for Spanish.

My Linh Pham

Linh is a first year LLB student at Durham University, acting as a student representative for Durham European Law Institute (DELI). Prior to coming to Durham, she completed two legal internship programmes at Duane Morris LLP and Linh Anh Property Investment Firm in Vietnam. Linh is also the president of the Vietnamese society in Durham. Her research interests include international and commercial law.

Samuel Swaffield

Sam is a first year LLB student at Durham University and a student representative for the Durham European Law Institute (DELI). He is a member of the pro-bono group Adviceline, working with the citizens advice bureau in helping the local community receive free legal advice. He is a member of the mooting society and enjoys participation in mooting and debate competitions, having previously debated in the Oxford Union tournament. Furthermore, he has an interest for international and European human rights law.

In his free time he enjoys improvised comedy, rowing and taking part in debates at the Durham Union Society.

LLB, 2nd year representatives

Veneta Chavdarova

Veneta is a first year undergraduate law student at Durham Law School, acting as one of the student representatives. Prior to coming to Durham, she was the President of Interact Club Burgas-Pyrgos, where she was the Head Executive of many humanitarian projects. In addition to her work in DELI, she is also a member of the Syrian Legal Development Project and the Mooting Society and she has a particular interest in international law as well as in human rights issues.

Niharika Kaul

Niharika is a first year LLB student at Durham University and a student representative for Durham European Law Institute (DELI). She is a member of the Halo Project, which works on issues of forced marriage and gender violence with children. She is also a Features Editor for the Middle East Section of the Pro Bono Society Blog and has just published her first article on the story of Rokshana - the girl who was stoned to death in Ghor, Afghanistan.

In her free time she enjoys travelling and joined the Hill Walking Society, where she frequently goes on 17 km walks to nearby areas such as Northumberland.

Ania Kubinska

Ania is a first year undergraduate law student at Durham University. She is one of the first year student representatives of the Durham European Law Institute. Prior to the commencement of her studies, she attended the second best High School in Warsaw called Batory, where she was in the International Baccalaureate Program. Furthermore, Ania was an advocate in the International Court of Justice during Warsaw Model United Nations 2013 and chaired the Commission on Population and Development in the following year. She also participated in a volunteering summer camp in Germany, which helped her to further advance her German language skills.

Anna is currently a member of the DUCK challenges team and the Syrian Legal Development Project.

Artemis Loucaidou

Artemis is a second year undergraduate law student at Durham University, and one of the student representatives for DELI. She is interested in European and International Law. She closely follows developments in the legal and commercial sectors and is also participating in the Commercial Awareness Competition, organized by Aspiring Solicitors.

In addition to DELI, Artemis is involved in pro bono work and she is the Head of Publicity for Lawyers Without Borders (Durham Student Division). She also plays the piano and the flute and she is currently the Secretary of the Durham University Flute Choir.

Eirini Nikolaidi

Eirini is a second-year Law student at Durham University and a student representative for Durham European Law Institute. Prior to her studies in Durham, she completed her IB diploma at Athens-Psychico College in Greece. She is a member of the United Nations Society where she represented the University at the 2016 Oxford International Model UN Conference. She is also a member of the Tenants’ Rights Pro Bono group, which helps share information about contracts and tenancy agreements to students. Finally, she enjoys Mooting, as she has participated in the Novice Cup and the Northumbria Cup that were organised by the Mooting Society.

Thomas Roberts
Teodora Stanoeva

Teodora is a second year LLB student at Durham University acting as one of the student representatives for Durham European Law Institute. She is a member of Durham Lawyers Without Borders Student Division, which works on issues of international human rights, including more specific topics such as Corruption, Gender Violence and Human Trafficking. She acted as human rights volunteer in Argentina this summer, working with abused children and underage criminal offenders. She is also a commercial columnist for Durham Pro Bono Blog. In her free time she enjoys travelling around the world, and her biggest passion is air rifle shooting.

Andre Woon

Andre is a second year undergraduate Law student at Durham University, and one of the student representatives for the Durham European Law Institute (DELI). Prior to commencing his degree at Durham, Andre served two years with the Singaporean military, and has worked with the Legal Aid Bureau and the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme of the Pro Bono Services Office in Singapore. He also recently completed an internship with TSMP Law Corporation, doing attachments in their criminal law and corporate M&A departments.

In addition to Andre’s work at DELI, he also manages the commercial law writing team for the Pro Bono Blog, acts as the Durham University representative for the United Kingdom Singapore Law Students Society (UKSLSS), and is a member of the Schools Outreach Project, which conducts legal career workshops for under-privileged teenagers. Outside of law, Andre enjoys playing basketball for his college and travelling in his free time.

Christian Bentley

Christian Bentley is a second year LLB Law student at Durham University. Having received the Routledge Undergraduate Award in EU Constitutional Law in the first year, Christian joined DELI as a Student Representative this academic year. Having demonstrated flair and enthusiasm for European law, Christian is looking to further his commitment and exposure to academic debate, particularly with respect to the internal market and intellectual property.

Outside of his legal endeavours, Christian enjoys participation in a range of sports including basketball and rowing, and enjoys travelling to new places.

Despoina Karvouni

Despoina is a second year undergraduate law student at Durham Law School, acting as one of the student representatives for the Durham European Law Institute.

In addition to DELI, Despoina is involved in competitive debating and has competed in tournaments internationally. She also participates in pro bono work and is currently a member of the Law School's Outreach Project.

Nadine Tollefsen

Nadine is a second year undergraduate Law student at Durham University, acting as one of the second year student representatives for Durham European Law Institute. She looks forward to contributing to the blog and attending DELI events.

Nadine is also the course representative for second year law students and is a member of Lawyers Without Borders.

LLB, 3rd year representatives

LLM representatives

Rachel Davies

Rachel is an LLB finalist and this is her third year being involved with DELI. She is currently writing her dissertation on the supposed 'Justice Deficit' within the EU; as well as studying Competition Law, Law and Medicine, Intellectual Property and Legal History.

She is looking forward to another year working with DELI, especially during this especially tumultuous time within the Union which she is sure will make our academic debates even more passionate and pertinent.

Erasmus representatives

Bob Roth

Bob is an Erasmus exchange student from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he is an LLB/Honours student in international and European law. At his home university he held several research positions assisting his peers in analysing European environmental policy and examining the application of competition law in domestic legal orders. Intrigued by the relationship between European law and governance in general, he developed a considerable interest in the (changing) constitutional fabrics of the EU and its role in a globalised world. This becomes evident through his participation in the 3rd edition of the prestigious CLEER summer school on the law of European external relations in Brussels, which besides CFSP also introduced him to European trade conduct and negotiations.

He is looking forward to working with a platform dedicated to discussing the challenging legal issues Europe faces today.