Dr Vigjilenca Abazi is an Emile Nöel Fellow at NYU School of Law and Assistant Professor of European Law at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD degree at University of Amsterdam and was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia Law School (2014). Her research on issues of democratic accountability and official secrets resulted in a monograph (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018). Dr Abazi has extensive experience in community projects with Red Cross and non-profit work in interethnic dialogue in Western Balkans. She recently co-founded Stella – Education Mentorship Network focused on improving education and job access for girls and women. On issues of whistleblower and privacy protection, Dr Abazi has been an adviser to the European Union institutions and the Council of Europe. She is a Board member in many leading European academic journals and has more than twenty scientific publications. Upon invitation, Dr Abazi has given numerous lectures including at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, University of Copenhagen, Sciences Po Paris, Durham University, Bocconi University. She has also been invited to present her research at the European Parliament and the Dutch Parliament.
Invited for more than 30 academic guest lectures at leading universities including at Harvard Law School, Oxford University, European University Institute, NYU Florence, NYU Paris, University of Bologna, University of Copenhagen, Sciences Po Paris, and Durham University. She has been a guest professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to give specialised courses on data privacy to national data supervisory authority from Albania within a project supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was invited to present her research findings at the European Parliament and the Dutch House of Representatives.
Dr Abazi has extensive experience with participation and organisation of international conferences. She has also given several interviews and participated in debates in TV media.