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Room: H21, Cripps Court

BA (Trento), LLM (Maastricht), MA (College of Europe), PhD (Vrije Universiteit Brussels - Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Research Associate


Irene Wieczorek is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Dec 2016-Dec 2018). Her project focuses on the impact of mutual recognition in criminal matters on the right to liberty in Europe, and it is financed by the Anspach-Wiener Foundation. The project is jointly supervised by John Spencer and Nicky Padfield (University of Cambridge) and Anne Weyembergh (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

Irene is an extrenal reviewer for the online peer reviewed journal "Perspective on Federalism" and an editorial assistant to the peer reviewed New Journal of European Criminal Law (SAGE)

In November 2016 Irene received a joint PhD in Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The title of her thesis was “ The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law: what role for normative and instrumental justifications”. Irene was supervised by Paul De Hert (Vrije Universiteit Brussles) and Anne Weyembergh (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

During her PhD, Irene has been a visiting student at the European University Institute, at the University of Trento where she was also invited as a guest lecturer, and at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International criminal law. For these visiting stays Irene has received scholarship supporting her research from the FWO (Research Foundation-Flanders) and the FNRS (Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique).

In July 2014 she was awarded the Diploma of the Academy of European Law (European University Institute) for excellent examination paper.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Irene interned at the legal service and at the Italian desk of Eurojust, the Judicial Cooperation Unit of the European Union, from October 2011 to March 2012.




"The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law" (Hart Publishing, Oxford)

Hart Publishing, Oxford
Published Dec 2018

"2015. New Voices in EU Criminal Law, special issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, Vol. 6, No. 1 (with Valsamis Mistilegas and Niovi Vavoula)" (Ed)

Mitsilegas Valsamis
Published Jan 2015


"2015. The EPPO draft regulation passes the first subsidiarity test: an analysis and interpretation of the Commission’s hasty approach to National Parliaments’ subsidiarity arguments, German Law Journal, Vol. 16, No. 5, 1247-1270 "

Published: Oct 2015

"2012. Testing the Principle of Subsidiarity in EU Criminal Policy – The Omitted Exercise in the Recent EU Documents on Principles for Substantive European Criminal Law, New Journal of European Criminal Law, Vol. 3, No. 3-4, 394-411 (with Paul De Hert)"

De Hert Paul
Published: Dec 2012

"2012. A needed balance between Security Liberty and Justice. Positive signals arrive from the field of victim's rights, European Criminal Law Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, 141-157"

Published: Jan 2012

Book Chapters

"The principle of Subsidiarity in EU Criminal Law", in Chloé Brière and Anne Weyembergh (eds), The needed balances in EU Criminal Law: past present and future, (Hart Publishing, 2017) forthcoming (Ed)

Published Sep 2017

" Understanding JHA agencies in context: where does Eurojust lie in the constitutional architecture of the Area of Freedom Security and Justice?", 2016. Understanding JHA agencies in context: where does Eurojust lie in the constitutional architecture of the AFSJ?, in Maria Fletcher, Ester Herlin-Karnell, Claudio Matera (eds.), The European Union as an AFSJ (Routledge) (Ed)

Published Dec 2016

"Is there an EU Criminal Policy?", 2016. Is there an EU Criminal Policy? in Renaud Colson, Stewart Field (eds.), EU Criminal Justice and the Challenges of Legal Diversity (CUP with Anne Weyembergh) (Ed)

Published Jul 2016

"Le cas de la criminalité informatique", 2013. Le cas de la criminalité informatique, in Diane Bernard et. al. (eds.), Les fondements et objectifs des incriminations et des incriminations et des peines en droit pénal européen et international (Anthemis with Paul De Hert, Gertjan Boulet) (Ed)

Published Oct 2013

Book Reviews

2015. Anne Weyembergh, Francesca Galli (eds.), Do Labels Still Matter? Blurring boundaries between administrative and criminal law. The influence of the EU, Editions de l’ULB, Bruxelles, 2014, in CMLR, Vol. 52, No. 2, 1410-1413

Published Jun 2015

2014. Ester Herlin-Karnell, The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2012, in Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2014, 443

Published Jun 2014