Niamh Nic Shuibhne is Professor of European Union Law at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). Her research examines questions of substantive EU law from a constitutional perspective, with a particular focus on principle-based analysis of free movement law and European Union citizenship. She has recently completed a project on the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2016-2019). That work examined how protection of the foundational commitment to equal treatment in EU law became problematically detached from how free movement is experienced in practice and has come to represent an ideological challenge to the sustainability of the Union more generally: how it became a ‘confounding’ rather than founding EU value.
Her current research explores the integrity of the EU legal system in a wider sense, with specific focus on the concepts and principles that 'drive' the functioning of that system.