The Team

Project Director

Claire Kilpatrick  is Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of International and European Labour and Social Law and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law.
Before coming to the EUI in 2011, she worked at LSE and before that at Cambridge University. Her interests lie mainly in the law and policy construction of Social Europe, especially the EU’s roles. Her interests in free movement and Social Europe stem particularly from new developments sparked by enlargement and challenges posed by Brexit. Another focus of her recent work has focused on EMU and Social Europe with a particular focus on sovereign debt loan arrangements and legal challenges to those arrangements from those within debtor EU states. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Industrial Law Journal and the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations and of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of Legal Studies and the European Law Journal.

Scientific Committee

Hanna Eklund holds a PhD in European Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (2016). She took her law degree at the University of Uppsala in Sweden (2011) and has previously been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York (2014). She has taught European Constitutional Law at Lund University and European Economic Law at Sciences Po Law School. Between 2016-2018 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sciences Po Law School in Paris. Hanna’s research interests lie mainly in EU law, contemporary Critical Theory and the relationship between law and social change.


Lilla Farkas has been a member of the Budapest Bar Association since 1998. She has worked for domestic and international human rights NGOs on asylum, immigration, criminal justice and discrimination, being engaged in desegregation litigation between 2004 and 2014. She served as president of the Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority’s Advisory Board between 2005 and 2011. Once a senior country expert for the Fundamental Rights Agency, she is now senior legal policy analyst for the Migration Policy Group, serving as the race (Roma) ground coordinator of the European network of legal experts on gender equality and non-discrimination (since 2005). She holds an LLM from King’s College, London, finalising doctoral research at the European University Institute on legal mobilisation for Roma rights.

Jeffrey Miller is currently writing a PhD on disability rights discrimination in the European Union under the supervision of Professor Claire Kilpatrick. Previously, he practiced law in the United States, where he mainly represented clients in cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Jeff holds a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and an M. Phil. in European Politics and Society from the University of Oxford.

 Virginia Passalacqua is a Ph.D. researcher in the Law Department of the European University Institute, under the supervision of Bruno de Witte. Her current research focuses on legal mobilization in support of migrants before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Through the comparison of three cases (the UK, the Netherlands, and Italy), she explores the circumstances that led social movements, NGOs and activist lawyers to rely on the Court of Justice to achieve their political goals. In general, she is interested in understanding whether Europeanization has made available new instruments to protect and empower minorities. Virginia received her LL.M. from the University of Bologna and from the European University Institute. She spent time as a visiting PhD at the London School of Economics (2016) and at the Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (2018). She is involved in different projects aiming at bringing her research into practice, like the EUI Refugee Initiative and Engaged Academics working group. Her areas of academic interest are EU law, migration and citizenship, antidiscrimination and law and society.

Raphaële Xenidis is currently a researcher at the Gender and Diversity Hub and the RENFORCE research center of Utrecht University, where she also works for the European Network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination law, which provides expert analysis on the implementation of EU gender equality law across member states to the European Commission. Raphaële is completing her Ph.D. in law at the European University Institute, focusing on the diffusion, mobilization and operationalization of the concept of intersectionality in the context of European equality law. Her broader research interests lie in anti-discrimination law, feminist and critical legal studies, legal mobilization/law and society and the intersection of equality law and new technologies/artificial intelligence.