On this page I experiment with posting content beyond the work sphere, but still related to what I do: teaching and researching the EU’s impact on Europe’s societies from a legal scholar’s perspective, and also teaching and researching EU and comparative employment law.
I presently hold the Synnott Family Chair in EU Law at University College Cork (from December 2020), and retain honorary title at Queen’s University Belfast, where I was a professor of law from 2014-2020. Having moved to the UK (more specifically the University of Leeds in Yorkshire) in 2007, after having been a professor of law for 7 years already in Germany, after the move to Northern Ireland in November 2014 the global, national and EU developments forced any critical pro EUropean person to rethink their existence. Northern Ireland made me realise how fragile the mantle of (post) modernity was that Britain had donned from 1998 or so. In the aftermath of “Brexit” Queen’s decided to reduce teaching in EU law, and to brand all their former EU research as research in trade law. There was no space left for someone who thinks that societies do exist, that they consist of human beings, and that interaction between people is the purpose of law, economics and society… Luckily I found a university who would employ a 58 year old woman on the basis of her experiences, though of course life is never easy.
So this blog is about that reflection, critique and life in general.