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Dr Irene Wieczorek

Assistant Professor in EU Law in the Durham Law School

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Irene is an Assistant Professor in European Union Law at Durham Law School since October 2019. She is the co-director of the Durham Institute of European Law.

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 and during her PhD has been 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 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.

Teaching Areas

EU Constitutional Law

EU Internal Market Law

EU Criminal Law

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Durham European Law Institute

Research Interests

  • Comparative Criminal Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • EU Criminal Law


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  • Wieczorek, I & Parisi, P (2020). Research Questions. In Key Concepts in Research Methods. Morin, J, Olsson, C & Atikcan, E Oxford University Press.
  • Wieczorek, I & Creta, I (2019). Individus en tant bénéficiaires accidentaux de la solidarité interétatique ? Un cas d’Etude sur les normes européeenes sur le transfers de deliquants. In La Solidarité Européenneç enjeux et perspectives. Coman, R, Fromont, L & Weyembergh, A Larcier.
  • Wieczorek, I (2019). The impact of the Radu case on national jurisdictions. In The Court of Justice and European Criminal Law. Leading Cases in Contextual Analysis. Mitsilegas, V, di Martino, A & Mancano, L Hart Publishing.
  • Wieczorek, I (2017). The principle of Subsidiarity in EU Criminal Law. In The needed balances in EU Criminal Law: past present and future. Brière, C & Weyembergh, A Hart Publishing.
  • Wieczorek, I & Weyembergh, A (2016). Is there an EU Criminal Policy? In EU Criminal Justice and the Challenges of Legal Diversity. Colson, R & Field, S Cambridge University Press.
  • Wieczorek, I (2016). Understanding JHA agencies in context: where does Eurojust lie in the constitutional architecture of the Area of Freedom Security and Justice? In The European Union as an Area of Freedom Security and Justice. Fletcher, M, Herlin-Karnell, E & Matera, C Routledge.
  • Wieczorek, I, De Hert, P & Boulet, G (2013). Fondements et objectifs des incriminations au niveau Européen: le cas de la criminalité informatique. In Les fondements et objectifs des incriminations et des peines en droit pénal européen et international. Bernard, D, Cartuyvels, Y, Guillain, C, Scalia, D & Van De Kerkhove, M Anthémis.

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