Deirdre Curtin is Professor of Law and Head of the Law Department at the European University Institute.
Director of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the Robert Schuman Centre and Professor of European Law and Governance of the University of Amsterdam since 2008, Prof. Curtin also held the Chair in European and International Governance at the Utrecht School of Governance of the University of Utrecht for almost a decade. Earlier she was Professor of the Law of International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht (1992-2002).
Deirdre Curtin was also the founding director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), a centre of excellence of the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam.
Prof. Curtin is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2003), a laureate of the Spinoza prize by the Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO, 2007) for research in the field of European law and governance. Prof. Curtin holds an Honorary Doctorate in law by the University College in Dublin (2008) and in 2013 was elected an Honorary Bencher by the King's Inn, Dublin.
Miguel Poiares Maduro is a Professor of Law at the European University Institute. From April 2013 to October 2015 he was Portugal’s Minister for State and Regional Development and Minister Adjunct to the Prime Minister. From October 2009 to April 2013 he has held the Joint Chair in European Law with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the EUI. In this capacity he was the founding director of the Global Governance Programme (GGP). From 2003 to 2009 Maduro was Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.
In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Gulkbenkian Science Prize for his outstanding work in the field of law. He has also been honoured by the President of the Portuguese Republic with the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada for literary, scientific and artistic merit (2006).
He has taught and teaches regularly at many institutions, including the College of Europe, Yale Law School, Universidade Católica de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, London School of Economics, Chicago Law School, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Madrid) and Instituto Ortega y Gasset (Madrid).
He was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Law School. He is a Doctor of Laws by the EUI and was the first winner of the “Rowe and Maw Prize”, and winner of the “Prize Obiettivo Europa” for the best Ph.D thesis at the EUI.
He is the author of “We the Court -The European Court of Justice and the European Economic Constitution” (Oxford Hart Publishing, 1998). Recent publications include “The past and Future of EU Law” (co-edited with Loic Azoulai, Oxford Hart Publishing, 2009) and “A Constituição Plural – Constitucionalismo e União Europeia” (Principia, Lisbon, 2006).