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Ms Maria Antonia Panasci

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Maria Antonia joined Durham Law School as an AHRC-funded doctoral student in 2016. She has been the PGR Co-Convenor of Durham European Law Institute (DELI) from 2016 to 2018. She is currently a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University School of Law.

Maria Antonia 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 for the Italian Court of Appeal and practised as a trainee lawyer.


Funded by the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, Maria Antonia's 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 Union Law

Free movement of persons

Economic and Monetary Union

European social law

Labour Law

Constitutional 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 (2019), Chronicles of European distributive justice: exploring constitutional limits to a European transfer union, 3rd Annual Doctoral Workshop in Constitutional Theory: Domestic, European and International Perspectives, University of Liverpool. Liverpool.
  • Panasci, Maria Antonia (2019), Retracing solidarity in the European Economic Constitution, JSD Forum, NYU School of Law. New York.
  • 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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