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.