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Maynooth University

The Maynooth team of Re-Creating Europe, led by P.I. Dr. Delia Ferri and Dr. Noelle Higgins, will be primarily hosted by the Department of Law, and co-hosted by the ALL Institute.

Maynooth University is internationally recognized as a leading research-led university. Since 2014, Maynooth University has sustained its place in the top 100 global universities under 50 years old, achieving a ranking of #80 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

The Department of Law at Maynooth University is the youngest yet fastest growing law school in Ireland. It favours an interdisciplinary approach to research, which is grounded in an appreciation of social, economic, and cultural contexts. The research mission of the Department encompasses areas of enquiry that broaden the traditional remit of legal research, opening up the discipline to the wider fields of human rights, global business, and social justice. The Department has been recipient of various national and EU research grants, and has strong experience in managing large-scale and participatory research projects.

The newly established and inclusive ALL institute provide an unparalleled interdisciplinary environment in order to address the complex and multifold relationship between humans and technologies. It works across disciplines, sectors, and the supply chain; with individual makers, industry, government, civil society, United Nations agencies and, most particularly, users. The ALL Institute hosts a range of different collaborative projects, including the H2020 project “SHAPES”.



Dr. Delia Ferri

is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University, where she lectures primarily in the fields of EU law and International and European Disability Law. She is a member of the ALL Institute, of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), and a fellow of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. She is an affiliated researcher at the Dirpolis Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) within the research cluster on social rights, social inclusion and disability, and a fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University (USA). Delia is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Standing Committee in International Affairs (SCIA) since 2018. In December 2019, Delia has been awarded a prominent European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant of €2 million to undertake a research project entitled ‘Protecting the Right to Culture of Persons with Disabilities and Enhancing Cultural Diversity through European Union Law: Exploring New Paths’. Delia has published extensively in the fields of EU law and International, European and Comparative Disability Law. She has recently co-authored the first academic textbook on international and European disability law (together with Dr. Andrea Broderick, Maastricht University), published by Cambridge University Press. She holds a J.D. in Law (Laurea in Giurisprudenza) awarded 110/110 magna cum laude from the University of Verona School of Law (Italy), a LL.M. in International and European Business Law (First Class Honours with Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin, a Doctorate in European and Italian Constitutional Law from the University of Verona (Italy), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) from Maynooth University. Delia is also qualified attorney at law (Avvocato), enrolled at Verona Bar since 2008.


Dr. Noelle Higgins

is Associate Professor in Law at Maynooth University Department of Law, where she lectures primarily in the field of public international law, particularly international human rights law, international criminal law, and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. She is a member of the ALL Institute and of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI). She also sits on the university’s Graduate and International Studies Committee. She was previously Vice-Chair of the Ethics, Politics, Legal and Philosophy Committee of the Royal Irish Academy (2014-2018) and a Member of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-NGO Committee. She is currently an Academic Friend of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Dr Higgins has authored several academic publications in public international law, including numerous publications in the area of culture and cultural rights. She has been invited to speak at national and international conferences on her research and was a Consultant for the Irish Citizens’ Assembly in the area of international human rights law. She has also been Consultant on the Use of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in Ireland Report for Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014-2017. Dr Higgins completed a BA in Law and Irish at University College Galway (first class honours), and she also obtained a Higher Diploma in Education, an MLitt in Irish Language and Literature, an LLM in International Human Rights Law and a PhD in International Law from NUI Galway.

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