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Ms Maria Antonia Panasci

Member of the Durham Law School

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Maria Antonia is a doctoral candidate in EU law and PGR Co-Convenor of Durham European Law Institute (DELI). She holds a master degree with distinction from University of Catania (Italy) and a specialised diploma (magna cum laude) from Scuola Superiore di Catania, an interdisciplinary centre for advanced studies. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she clerked in the Court of Appeal and practised as a trainee lawyer in Italy.


Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), her research investigates the extent and justification for solidarity in the EU by looking at two different trends: the contraction of social solidarity for migrant Union citizens and the response to the euro area crisis. It seeks to offer a comprehensive analysis of the distributive practices across the Eurozone and explore the scope and significance of European citizenship as a source of transnational solidarity.

Research Interests

European Law

Free movement

Labour Law

European social law


Chapter in book

  • Panasci, Maria Antonia & al. (2017). Assistenza e previdenza sociale: il senso della distinzione nell'evoluzione del sistema previdenziale. In Il sistema previdenziale italiano. Principi, struttura ed evoluzione. Ales, E. & Canavesi, G. Giappichelli, Torino. 10.

Journal Article

  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2017). Legal values and hermeneutic virtues: the status quo of European social citizenship. Politiche sociali (3/2017): 429-446.


  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2017), Entrapped in liminality: social protection of EU vulnerable migrants, ECPR General Conference, Universitetet i Oslo. Oslo, Norway.
  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2017), Squaring the circle: social protection and residency rights of EU migrants, Durham – King’s College London Doctoral Workshop in EU law. Durham, England.
  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2016), La distinzione tra previdenza e assistenza sociale nella prospettiva europea, Il sistema previdenziale italiano. Principi, struttura ed evoluzione. Macerata, Italy.
  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2015), EU citizenship and access to social benefits in the host Member State, Birmingham Law School Annual PGR conference “Law’s impact in the Real World”. Birmingham, England.

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