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Niamh Nic Shuibhne is Professor of European Union Law. She is one of the Joint Editors of the Common Market Law Review. She was Joint Editor of the European Law Review from 2009-2014 and remains a member of its Editorial Board. She will return to the College of Europe (Bruges) as a Visiting Professor in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Her research examines questions of substantive EU law from a constitutional perspective, with a particular focus on principle-based analysis of free movement law and European Union citizenship. Themes that underpin that work include the values of coherence, fairness and integrity; the respective commitments, and responsibilities, of the Union and of the Member States; and the quality of EU legal decision-making, with particular emphasis on the role of the judiciary.

She is currently working on the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens. This project, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2016- 2019), examines how protection of the foundational commitment to equal treatment in EU law became problematically detached from how free movement is experienced in practice and has come to represent an ideological challenge to the sustainability of the Union more generally: it has become a ‘confounding’ rather than founding EU value. The project also explores connections between the specific concepts and context of EU equal treatment and free movement law and the integrity of the EU legal system in a wider sense.