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Dr Paivi Neuvonen

Associate Professor in European Law

Associate Professor in European Law in the Durham Law School


Päivi Neuvonen is Associate Professor in European Law and Co-director of the Durham European Law Institute (DELI) at Durham Law School. She researches in the areas of European Union law, European human rights law, and legal and political theory and teaches modules on European Union law and legal philosophy. In addition to these fields, she has teaching experience in public law, equality law, jurisprudence, and ‘law and society’.

Her research primarily focuses on European law, broadly defined, from theoretical, socio-legal, and comparative perspectives. She is also interested in the transnationalisation of law outside the European context.

Before joining Durham Law School, she held postdoctoral positions as Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki; Lecturer in Law at the University of Turku; Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Policy Research Centre on Equality Policies and the Institute for Constitutional Law at KU Leuven; and Visiting Scholar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Harvard University, the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, and the University of Leicester.

In 2017-2021, she was co-leading the ‘Constructing Legal Orders in Europe: The General Principles of EU Law’ research project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and the British Academy, at the University of Leicester. For the results, please see Research Handbook on General Principles in EU Law (Elgar 2022). 

She studied law at Oxford University (D.Phil. in Law), University College London (LL.M. in Public Law and Human Rights Law) and the University of Turku (Master of Laws Degree) and was awarded the Title of Docent in European Law by the University of Helsinki in 2020.

Teaching Areas

EU Constitutional Law (LAW1061)

Introduction to EU Law (LAW40215)

Legal Philosophy (LAW2311)

Research interests

  • European Human Rights Law
  • European Union Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Political Theory
  • Socio-legal Studies


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