Eleanor Spaventa

Member of the Management Council
Eleanor Spaventa

Eleanor Spaventa is Professor of European Union Law at Bocconi Law School, Milan (Italy). She previously worked at the law schools of Durham, Birmingham and Cambridge Universities (UK); in 2014 she held a Christopherson/Knott fellowship at the Institute for Advance Studies in Durham and a Fernard Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute. Eleanor has also held various visiting appointments including Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Natolin (2009-2012).

Eleanor's research interests lie in European Union Law and in particular in the fields of European constitutional law, free movement, fundamental rights, Union citizenship and Brexit. Her work is widely referred to including by by Advocates General of the European Court of Justice and she has been invited to provide written evidence on the Lisbon Treaty by the House of Lords Constitution Committee and has submitted evidence (and was quoted in the final report) to the Ministry of Justice as part of the balance of competences review on Fundamental rights. She was also invited to give oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament on citizens' rights after Brexit.

Eleanor has authored studies for the European Parliament's PETI Committee on Article 51 of the Charter; and on Citizens' rights after Brexit.

Eleanor is an analytical expert for the MoveS network (previously FreSsco), a network of independent experts on the free movement of workers and social security funded by the European Commission to provide expert guidance in these fields; she has co-authored two reports on barriers to movement and atypical employment.