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Grainne de Burca, noted scholar in EU law and transnational governance, will join HLS faculty

Grainne de Burca

Grainne de Burca

Grainne de Burca, a leading expert in European Union law, European human rights law, and European and transnational governance, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a tenured professor of law on July 1.

Announcing the appointment, Law School Dean Martha Minow said: “I am delighted that Grainne will be joining us a permanent member of our faculty. She is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost scholars of European law, comparative law and governance, and she is also a superb teacher. In a global legal framework in which nations must increasingly devise collective and cooperative rules in addition to their own national rules, Grainne de Burca’s invaluable expertise is in great demand, especially by law students and other legal scholars. We are fortunate and excited that she has chosen to bring that expertise here to Harvard Law School.”

Professor de Burca has been a member of the faculty at Fordham University School of Law since 2006. Prior to that, she was professor of law at the European University Institute in Florence and co-director of its Academy of European Law (1998-2005). Before that she was a lecturer in law (1990-1998) and the deputy director of the Centre for European and Comparative Law (1996-98) at Oxford University, and a fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She was a visiting professor at HLS during the 2008 fall term and has held visiting appointments at Columbia Law School and at NYU as part of its global law school.

“I am extremely honored to be joining the Harvard Law faculty,” said de Burca. “The law of the European Union is critical to political and economic integration within Europe, as well as to global economic and social well-being. Harvard has long stood out as a center of excellence in EU studies and scholarship, and I am delighted to be joining a world-class faculty in which EU law is given its place.”

Professor de Burca is author or editor of eight books, including: EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials, which is currently in its 4th edition (co-written with P.P. Craig); Law and New Governance in the European Union and the United States (co-edited with Joanne Scott); and The Evolution of EU Law (co-edited with P.P. Craig), a 2nd edition of which is forthcoming. She is also the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters.

Professor de Burca is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in European Law. She is a member of the board of editors and review editor for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, a member of the board of editors of the European Law Journal, and a member of the editorial and advisory boards of numerous other journals.

From 2003-07, Professor de Burca was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association. In 2000, she was a member of the working group of the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence, which was commissioned by the EU Commission to write a report on the “Reorganisation of the European Treaties.” This report served as a feasibility study for what became the EU Constitutional Treaty and its successor Lisbon Treaty.

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