Dr. Andrea Broderick is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International and European Law at Maastricht University, having previously been a Marie Curie Research Fellow and a lecturer there. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in international and comparative disability equality law from Maastricht University. Her Ph.D. thesis was nominated for the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2016. She received the Edmond Hustinx Prize for Science 2018.
Andrea also holds a BA International (law and French), awarded (with First Class Honours, outstanding performance) jointly by the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and the University of Poitiers, France. In addition, she graduated with an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy, with First Class Honours (2nd in class), from NUIG. Andrea is also a qualified solicitor, having graduated at the Law Society of Ireland. Furthermore, she holds a University Teaching Qualification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO).
Before working at Maastricht University, Andrea worked in professional legal practice for many years, mainly in the areas of contract law and employment law. Andrea also worked for free legal advice centres on pro bono disability rights cases.
Andrea’s current research interests lie in the areas of international and European disability law, EU equality law, the right to inclusive education and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. She has published widely in academic journals and books and has written major thematic reports for, among others, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
Andrea has co-authored the first academic textbook on international and European disability law (together with Dr. Delia Ferri, Maynooth University), which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Together with Dr. Ferri, she is currently co-editing the first Research Handbook on EU Disability Law.
Andrea is regularly invited to give guest lectures at the European Academy of Law, Trier, among others. She has also been commissioned to do consultancy work on the compliance of national laws with international and European disability and equality laws. She has been invited as an expert in several projects, including the EU-CITZEN project of DG Justice; served as Expert Rapporteur for the European Commission on the implementation of the CRPD in the EU; and taken part in the PROLOG Rule of Law project in Georgia.