Dr. Luisa Marin

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Assistant Professor in European Law




secr.: Manon Jannink











General Information:

Dr. Luisa Marin is Assistant Professor of European Law since November 2007. She is affiliated to the Centre for European Studies (CES), and Research Fellow of the Institute for Governance Studies (IGS).

Areas of expertise


European Criminal law


Judicial Cooperation Criminal Matters


Constitutional Analysis of EU Law

Research and Publications:

Dr. Marin’s research focuses on the implications of governance regimes and regulatory choices on constitutional rules and concepts and tries to provide suggestions on how to “adjust” them, with the traditional toolkit of constitutionalism.

Luisa has written (articles, book chapters, edited book) on the European Arrest Warrant, exploring the relations between mutual recognition, mutual trust and fundamental rights, aiming to find how the implementation of European instruments into Member States’ legal orders can be accommodated in a harmonious way with respect to the constitutional dimension.

Luisa deals with other policies of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and its governance, such as data protection and Internet, data protection and surveillance, but also border surveillance. More recently, Luisa investigates on how technologies affect policies and their implications on the legal dimension, with specific reference to drone technology in border surveillance.

Luisa is reviewer for European Security.

Forthcoming and work-in-progress publications:  

L. Marin, “A truly humanitarian UAV or simply another intelligence drone? Unveiling the true rationales behind the deployment of drone technology in border surveillance”, to be submitted.

L. Marin, K. Krajčíková, “Deploying drones in policing European borders: between crime control and humanitarian discourses”, in A. Završnik, (ed.) Drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems: Legal and Social Implications for Security and Surveillance, Springer, 2015, forthcoming) 

L. Marin, “The ‘metamorphosis’ of the drone: challenges arising from the deployment of drone technology in border surveillance. An exploratory study”, forthcoming in “Embedding and Governing New Technologies: A Regulatory, Ethical and Societal Perspective”, ed. by D. Bowman, E. Stokes, A. Rip) 

Key publications:

L. Marin (2014). ‘Effective and Legitimate? Learning from the Lessons of 10 Years of Practice with the European Arrest Warrant’ in New Journal of European Criminal Law, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 2014.

M. Viola de Azevedo Cunha, L. Marin, G. Sartor, “Peer-to-Peer Privacy Violations and ISP Liability: Data Protection in the User-Generated Web”, International Data Privacy Law Journal, 2012 (earlier appeared as EUI Working Papers LAW, 11/2011) http://idpl.oxfordjournals.org/content/2/2/50.full

L. Marin, “Policing EU’s external borders: a challenge for the rule of law and fundamental rights in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice? An analysis of Frontex Joint Operations at the southern maritime border”, Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 7 no. 4-2011, p. 468-487

L. Marin, “Is Europe turning into a ‘technological fortress’? Innovation and technology for the management of EU’s external borders. Reflections on FRONTEX and EUROSUR”, in M.A. Heldeweg & E. Kica (eds.), Regulating Technological Innovation: Legal and Economic Regulation of Technological Innovation, Palgrave MacMillan,

2011, p. 131-151

L. Marin, “A Spectre is Haunting Europe”: European Citizenship in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Some reflections on the principles of non discrimination (on the basis of nationality), mutual recognition and mutual trust originated from the European Arrest Warrant”, European Public Law, European Public Law, 2011, 705-728

E. Guild & L. Marin, Still not resolved? Constitutional Challenges to the European Arrest Warrant: A Look at Challenges ahead after the Lessons learned from the Past, E. Guild & L. Marin (eds.), Still not resolved? Constitutional Challenges to the European Arrest Warrant, Nijmegen, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2009, pp. 1-10

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- Bachelor courses/modules:

Module “The Modern State”, EPA (European Public Administration) Programme

Module “The EU in the World”, EPA Programme

Course “European Legal Integration” (Programme: European Studies, ES) (until 2012-2013)

Course “European Legal Governance" (ES) (until 2013-2014)

- Master courses: European Union Law (ES)

Fundraising capacity:

2012: UT Aspasia grant (15,000 Euro)

2009: UT incentive fund (17,000 Euro)

2008: UT incentive fund (3,000 Euro)

Education and Professional Experience before joining UT:

Dr. Marin holds a PhD in “Italian and European Constitutional Law” from the University of Verona, where she also conducted a post-doctoral research. Her dissertation focussed on the principle of mutual recognition of judicial cooperation in criminal matters, and provided a reconstruction of this principle through a comparative investigation, exploring the areas of the freedom of movement of goods and judicial cooperation in civil matters.

Alongside her PhD research, Luisa regularly contributed to education (Chairs of Public Law of the School of Economics, Verona), where she worked with Prof. Marta Cartabia, participating in research projects and joining the editorial unit “Osservatorio sull’Europa - Note dall’Europa” of the leading Italian constitutional law journal Quaderni costituzionali.

Luisa was educated at the “Alma Mater Studiorum”, the University of Bologna, in Italy (Law Degree with 110/110 and Master per Giuristi Internazionali), in France at the “Université Robert Schuman” of Strasbourg (Erasmus exchange program), and in the Netherlands, where she spent a research stay at the University of Utrecht, School of Law, under the supervision of Prof. Leonard Besselink.

During her education, Luisa spent an internship at the European Court of Human Rights of Strasbourg, and, previously, at the European Parliament.

Before joining Twente University, Luisa was invited by Prof. Kimmo Nuotio at the University of Helsinki as a post-doctoral researcher. There she also lectured on the topic of European Criminal Law (course “The European Legal Space and the Europeanization of Criminal Law”, 2007).

Professional Qualifications:

Avvocato (Lawyer). Admitted to the Bar before the Venice Court of Appeal in 2004, Dr. Marin is a member of the Bar of Treviso (Ordine degli Avvocati).

Ancillary functions:

Luisa is a member of the Commissie Meijers, the Standing Committee of Experts on International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal law, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The committee of independent experts monitors legal developments in the policies of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and submits its opinion to the Dutch Parliament, the European Parliament, or parliaments in other Member States (e.g. the House of Lords), to the Dutch government, the European Commission and to other public authorities and NGO’s.


At UT: IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies), FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente)

Outside UT: Luisa is a Member of the Ius Commune Research School, of the European Criminal Law Network (ECLAN), of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), of the Associazione Studi Giuridici sull’Immigrazione (A.S.G.I.). Luisa is also a Senior Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) http://www.eur.nl/fsw/research/nig/.


My Agenda:

Joint Conference of the PACT, PRISMS and SurPRISE projects on "Citizens’ Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and Privacy: Controversies, Alternatives and Solutions". Paper presentation: L. Marin, “The deployment of drone technology in border surveillance and the challenges to data protection”, Vienna, 14 November 2014

Conference “Which Policies for Security?”, University of Perugia, 14-15 November 2014, paper proposal: L. Marin, “The deployment of drones in border surveillance: which security for boat migrants?”, accepted

Luisa Marin, presentation: ”A glimpse on the “good drone”: drones deployment in border surveillance ”, symposium organized by Kennispark Twente on “De twee gezichten van drones”, Enschede, 24.9.2014


Commissie Meijers, Heidag, 20.6.2014, on “Crimmigration: exploring the relations between migration and criminal law enforcement”; organizer and discussant of Dr. Serge Slama on migrants’ detention. Programme.

Jean Monnet Conference on the European Union’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: Stockholm and Beyond, University of Dundee, 16 & 17 June 2014. Paper presentation: Dr. Luisa Marin, ‘High-tech Fortress Europe: Border Surveillance or Preempting Migration?’

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