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Principal, Brexit Institute & Director, Law Research Centre
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Federico Fabbrini is Full Professor of European Law at the School of Law & Government of Dublin City University (DCU), where he is the Director of the Law Research Centre. He is also the founding director of the DCU Brexit Institute ( ) where he is the Principal Investigator of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network BRIDGE ( Federico Fabbrini holds a B.A. in European & Transnational Legal Studies from the University of Trento (2006), a J.D. in International Law from the University of Bologna (2008) and Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute (2012). He interned as a clerk for Justice Sabino Cassese at the Italian Constitutional Court (2010-2011) and passed the bar, qualified as an attorney at law in Italy (2011). Before joining DCU, he was Associate Professor of European & International Law at iCourts (the Center of Excellence for International Courts) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Assistant Professor of European & Comparative Constitutional Law at Tilburg Law School, in the Netherlands,where he was awarded tenure.Federico Fabbrini research focuses on EU law and spans from the field of fundamental rights to Economic and Monetary Union, up to Brexit and the future of Europe. Federico has published articles in Common Market Law Review, European Law Review, European Constitutional Law Review, Oxford Yearbook of European Law, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of European Law, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Harvard National Security Journal, European Law Journal, and West European Politics. He is the author of two monographs Fundamental Rights Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press 2014, the published version of his PhD thesis at the EUI), and Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges (Oxford University Press 2016). Moreover, he has edited or co-edited eight other volumes, including The Law & Politics of Brexit (Oxford University Press 2017) and The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 2: The Withdrawal Agreement (Oxford University Press 2020). He is also the author of the textbook, in Italian Introduzione al diritto dell'Unione europea (Il Mulino 2018).Federico Fabbrini he has been invited for lectures and seminars in several Universities in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan, including Bocconi University, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cambridge University, Central European University, the European University Institute, Harvard Law School,University of Helsinki, the University of Maastricht, Meiji University - Tokyo, Melbourne Law School, the University of New South Wales - Sydney, Oxford University, Princeton University, and Yale Law School. He recurrently engages with EU institutions and national governments and he has been invited to speak, among others the European Central Bank, the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, the European Fundamental Rights Agency, Supreme Court of Ireland, the Central Bank of Spain, and the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom. Moreover, he has repeatedly appeared before the European Parliament, whose Constitutional Affairs Committee on three occasions commissioned him to write reports on EU affairs.In 2019, Federico Fabbrini was awarded by the Karlspreis Stiftung in Aachen with the Charlemagne Prize fellowship for research in recognition of his work on the future of Europe.