Vigjilenca Abazi is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and a Research Coordinator at the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM).
Vigjilenca Abazi main focus is on EU constitutional and institutional law, particularly on how practices of secrecy affect democratic scrutiny at the European Union. She conducts interdisciplinary research combining theoretical and empirical methods. Her research interest also includes secrecy in negotiations, intelligence cooperation, and security policies in the EU. On these topics, Vigjilenca Abazi has published, among others, in Common Market Law Review, German Law Journal, Utrecht Law Journal, European Public Law: EU eJournal as well as op-eds and commentaries at EurActv and the Centre for European Policy Studies.
Upon invitation, Vigjilenca Abazi has given numerous academic presentations and lectures including at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, University of Copenhagen, Sciences Po Paris, Durham University, Bocconi University, and Tilburg University. On issues of surveillance and democratic oversight she has also given presentations at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, the academic-cultural Centre Spui 25 in Amsterdam, and the Fulbright Salon at the New School in New York.
Vigjilenca Abazi is a Social Media Editor of the Journal of European Integration and has experience as an Associate Managing Editor for European Constitutional Law Review.
Vigjilenca Abazi conducted her PhD project entitled ‘Secrecy and Oversight in the European Union: The Law and Practice of Classified Information’ at University of Amsterdam (see here more about her PhD experience). She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School for one academic year during her PhD research.
Vigjilenca Abazi obtained her LLM degree in International and European Law at University of Amsterdam (top 10 in class) and was awarded the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. During her master studies, Vigjilenca Abazi worked as research assistant at the Department of Public International Law and European Law. Previously, she obtained her LLB degree at Faculty of Law, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius of Skopje (summa cum laude) and was awarded Student of the Year in 2010.
Vigjilenca Abazi has attended many summer schools and workshops including, the United States Naval Academy on Foreign Affairs in Maryland, the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute, and the International Summer School Seggau at University of Graz “Karl-Franzens”.
Most recent publications:
Abazi, V., & Eckes, C. (2018). Closed evidence in EU courts: Security, secrets and access to justice. Common Market Law Review, 55(3), 753-782.
Abazi, V., & Adriaensen, J. (2017). Allies in Transparency? Parliamentary, Judicial and Administrative Interplays in the EU's International Negotiations. Politics and Governance, 5(3), 75-86. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v5i3.1056
Abazi, V., & Adriaensen, J. (Eds.) (2017). EU Institutional Politics of Secrecy and Transparency in Foreign Affairs. Politics and Governance, 5(3).
Curtin, D. M., & Abazi, V. (2017). The European Union security exception: Beyond control. In C. Harlow, P. Leino, & G. delle Cananea (Eds.), Research handbook on EU administrative law (pp. 188-208). (Research Handbooks in European Law). Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784710682.00019
Abazi, V. (2016). How confidential negotiations of the TTIP Affect Public Trust. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 7(2), 247-251. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1867299X00005626
Eckes, C. (Author), & Abazi, V. (Author). (2015). Safe Harbour Case: safeguarding European fundamental rights or creating a patchwork of national data protection?. Web publication/site, UK Constitutional Law Association. Retrieved from http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2015/10/09/christina-eckes-and-vigjilenca-abazi-safe-harbour-case-safeguarding-european-fundamental-rights-or-creating-a-patchwork-of-national-data-protection/
Abazi, V. (Author). (2015). Secrecy in the TTIP negotiations and public support: The role of the Council. Web publication/site, Brussels: Blogactiv EU. Retrieved from https://cerim.blogactiv.eu/2015/07/16/ttip/
Abazi, V., & Hillebrandt, M. (2015). The legal limits to confidential negotiations: recent case law developments in council transparency. Common Market Law Review, 52(3), 825-848.