Federico Fabbrini


Federico Fabbrini is Full Professor of European Law at the School of Law & Government of DCU, the Founding Director of the Brexit Institute and the Director of the Law Research Centre. He holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute and previously held academic positions in the Netherlands and Denmark. He has been a Fellow in Law & Public Affairs at Princeton University and a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute.

He is the author of 4 monographs in English: “Fundamental Rights in Europe” (Oxford University Press 2014), “Economic Governance in Europe” (Oxford University Press 2016) “Brexit & the Future of the European Union” (Oxford University Press 2020) and “EU Fiscal Capacity: Legal Integration after Covid-19 and the War in Ukraine” (Oxford University Press 2022). Moreover, he is the editor or co-editor of a dozen books, including “The Law & Politics of Brexit” (Oxford University Press 2017), “The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 2: the Withdrawal Agreement” (Oxford University Press 2020), “The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 3: The Framework of New EU-UK Relations” (Oxford University Press 2021), “The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 4. The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland” (Oxford University Press 2022) and “Law & Politics of Brexit. volume 5. The Trade & Cooperation Agreement” (Oxford University Press 2024). He has also authored several studies and reports for the European Parliament and the Department of Finance of Ireland.

Federico Fabbrini has won almost 2mn€ of external funding. He is the PI of the Jean Monnet Network BRIDGE, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence REBUILD, and the Jean Monnet Module PostBrexitLaw. He teaches EU institutional law, and the law & politics of Brexit, and has been supervising 9 PhD students to date.

He regularly features on the media and engages with EU institutions and national governments. He has presented his work to among others, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Securities and Markets Authority, the EFTA Court, and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. In 2019-20 he was awarded the Charlemagne Prize fellowship for research, in recognition of his work on the Future of Europe. He in 2020-21 he was awarded the President’s Research Award — the first legal scholar to receive this prize at DCU. And in 2022 he was listed Young European Leader of the Year.

Federico Fabbrini is since 2021 a knight of the order of the Star of Italy, by appointment of the President of Italy.