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. (2020). The European Union Whistleblower Directive: A 'Game Changer' for Whistleblowing Protection? Industrial Law Journal, 49(4), 640-656. https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwaa023
Abazi, V. (2020). Truth distancing? Whistleblowing as remedy to censorship during COVID-19. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(2), 375-381. https://doi.org/10.1017/err.2020.49
Abazi, V. (2019). Whistleblowing in Europe: A new Era of legal protections. In P. Czech, L. Heschl, K. Lukas, M. Nowak, & G. Oberleitner (Eds.), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2019 (pp. 91-111). Intersentia.
Abazi, V. (Author). (2019). New EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection. Web publication/site, EU Law Analysis . http://eulawanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/04/new-eu-directive-on-whistleblower.html
Abazi, V. (2019). Official secrets and oversight in the EU: Law and practices of classified information. Oxford University Press. Oxford Studies in European Law
Abazi, V. (2019). Access to information in polycentric governance. In J. van Zeben, & A. Bobić (Eds.), Polycentricity in the European Union (pp. 254-275). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108528771.013
Abazi, V. (Author). (2019). Different kind of trust: Public-private cyber information sharing. Web publication/site, Yale University. https://cyber.forum.yale.edu/blog/2019/3/25/different-kind-of-trust-public-private-cyber-information-sharing
Abazi, V. (2019). Book Review: L. Rossi & P. Vinagre e Silva (Eds.), Public access to documents in the EU, Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing 2017 (384 p.). Common Market Law Review, 56(4), 1153–1154.
Abazi, V. (2019). Oversight trumped by secrets? How access to information and leaks affect European parliamentary oversight in foreign policy. In J. Santor Vara, & S. Rodríguez Sánchez-Tabernero (Eds.), The Democratisation of EU International Relations Through EU Law (pp. 155-168). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315178721
Abazi, V. (2018). The protection of whistleblowers: Challenges and opportunities for local and regional government.