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Dr Irene Wieczorek

Assistant Professor in EU Law

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Assistant Professor in EU Law in the Durham Law SchoolPCL234 


Irene is an Assistant Professor in European Union Law at Durham Law School since October 2019. She is the co-director of the Durham Institute of European Law.

Prior to coming to Durham, Irene was a research associate at the University of Cambridge, and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, sponsored by the Wiener Anspach Foundation between 2016 and 2019. She holds a PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, a M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (PO), a LLM from the University of Trento (IT), and from the University of Maastricht (NL)LLB from the University of Trento (IT) and from the Université Paris 13 (FR).

Irene has been a visiting scholar at the Max Plank Institute for the Study of Crime Security and Law (DE), and at the European University Institute (IT). In 2018 she was the recipient of the Flemish National Council (FWO) three-year Post-Doctoral Scholarship (declined), and In 2014 she was the recipient of the European University Institute - Academy of European Law Diploma.

Irene’s research interests lie in the field of European Criminal law, and inter-state cooperation in the fight against crime more in general. She is particularly interested in the legitimacy and constitutional dimension of such cooperation, and she has explored this theme in the context of EU harmonisation of criminal law, judicial cooperation, notably transfers of prisoners, and EU cooperation with third states. Her latest publication include a monograph, “The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law (Hart 2020)”, which was recently quoted by Advocate General Priit Pikamäe.

Irene is a member of the European Criminal Law Academic Network, and an Associated, and managing Editor to the New Journal of European Criminal Law, one of the leading publications in this field.

Teaching Areas

EU Constitutional Law

EU Internal Market Law

EU Criminal Law

Research interests

  • EU Criminal Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Criminal Law

Research groups

  • Durham European Law Institute


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Matsuzawa, Shin, Weyembergh, Anne & Wieczorek, Irene (2023). Europe and Japan Cooperation in the Fight against Cross-border Crime: Challenges and Perspectives. Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism. London: Routledge.

Edited Journal

  • Wieczorek, I, Valsamis, M & Niovi, V (2020). New Voices in EU Criminal Law: Part 2. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 11 (3).
  • Wieczorek, I, Weyembergh, A & Padfield, N (2018). Punishment, deprivation of liberty and the Europeanization of criminal justice. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 25 (6): Sage Journals.
  • Wieczorek, I, Mitsilegas, V & Vavoula, N (2015). New Voices in EU Criminal Law. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 6 (1): Sage Journals.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Wieczorek, I (Accepted). My Day Learning Together, Blog Post on teaching ‘Legal Skills’ jointly to Cambridge Master Students, and Prison Based Students. Blog.
  • Wieczorek, I (Accepted). The crisis of the EU solidarity: legal issues, online interview for the Think Tank “Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso”.