Dr. Luisa Marin

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Assistant Professor in European Law

Ravelijn building
Room: 4210
Phone: +31 53 489 2413

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede
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), Research Fellow of the Institute for Governance Studies (IGS) and Affiliate Senior Researcher at the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology

Areas of expertise

  • Border surveillance in the governance of human mobility
  • Dual-use technologies (namely drones) and their interactions with law and policy    
  • Data protection / privacy
  • European Criminal law / Judicial Cooperation Criminal Matters
  • Constitutional Analysis of EU Law


I hold a PhD in 'Italian and European Constitutional Law' from the University of Verona (Italy), where I have also conducted post-doctoral research. I have defended my PhD before a jury chaired by Prof. Marta Cartabia.

During and after my PhD I joined, first, the University of Utrecht (as an exchange PhD candidate), then the University of Helsinki (post-doctoral researcher, School of Law, Department of Criminal Law, upon invitation of Prof. Kimmo Nuotio), and in 2010 the European University Institute (as Visiting Fellow).

I hold a Law Degree (110/110) and a Master per Giuristi Internazionali  (Master for International Lawyers) of the “Alma Mater Studiorum”, the University of Bologna (Italy), and I have spent my Erasmus in France at the “Université Robert Schuman” of Strasbourg (France).

Research and Publications

My research focuses on cutting-edge themes of European integration and governance, with an inter-disciplinary perspective; though I am originally a lawyer, my analysis is by no means confined to law, but I use a law-in-context approach and combine the analysis of legal instruments to policy and socio-legal analysis.

In the last five years I have worked and published on the principles of EU law, on the regulation of new and emerging technologies, on crimmigration, on the governance of the Internet, on border surveillance and refugee crisis, on drone technology, border surveillance and data protection.

My research outputs span from guest editorship in international and ISI journals, to organizing panels and conferences, to publications in primary journals and book projects, to reviewing articles for international and ISI journals and leading book projects. In the same period, I have presented my research at numerous universities across Europe and US, also upon invitation, and I have joined experts’ panels at an ERA conference (Trier) and at the European Data Protection Supervisor.

I have reviewed articles for the journals ‘European Security’, the ‘’Journal of Contemporary European Research’, ‘Journal of Common Market Studies’, ‘Security Dialogue’, and book projects on security, privacy and technologies.

I am a board member of ‘Freedom, Security and Justice: European Legal Studies’.

For a full list of publications, check here

recent (and forthcoming) publications

  1. L. Marin, “Only You”: the emergence of a temperate mutual trust in the AFSJ and its underpinning in the European composite constitutional order, in European Papers, 2017-2, pp 141-157
  2. L. Marin, “The ‘Metamorphosis’ of the drone: the governance challenges of drone technology in border surveillance”, in by D. Bowman, E. Stokes, A. Rip (eds.), “Embedding and Governing New Technologies: A Regulatory, Ethical and Societal Perspective”, ed., Pan Stanford 2017, pp. 299-334
  3. L. Marin, “The deployment of drone technology in border surveillance, between techno-securitization and challenges to privacy and data protection”, in M. Friedewald, J.P. Burgess, J. Cas, R. Bellanova, W. Peissl (eds.), “Surveillance, Privacy and Security”, Routledge, 2017, pp. 107-122
  4. L. Marin, “The EU's approach to the current refugee crisis, between strengthening of external borders and the slow emergence of solidarity”, in J. Bengoetxea (ed.), "La crisis de las personas refugiadas y su impacto sobre la UE", 2016, Eurobasque, , pp. 29-39

Key publications

  • L. Marin, “The fate of the Data Retention Directive: about mass surveillance and fundamental rights in the EU legal order”, in V. Mitsilegas, M. Bergstrom, T. Konstatinides (eds.), “Research Handbook on European Criminal Law”, Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 210-229
  • L. Marin and K. Krajčíková, "Deploying drones in policing southern 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, 2016, pp. 101-127
  • 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.
  • 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

For a full list of publications, click here.


Bachelor courses/modules:

  • Module “Bachelor Thesis Circle” (2016- now)
  • Module “The Modern State”, EPA (European Public Administration) Programme (2013- now)
  • Module “The EU in the World”, EPA Programme (2016- now)
  • 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, 2007-now)

Fundraising capacity

  • 2016: participation in the H2020 IA proposal in SEC-19-BES-2016 – Data Fusion for Maritime Security Applications
  • 2012: UT Aspasia grant (15,000 Euro)
  • 2009: UT incentive fund (17,000 Euro)
  • 2008: UT incentive fund (3,000 Euro)

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) since 2010.

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.
Luisa is also a member of EDEN, the Europol Data Protection Experts Network, within Europol.


My Agenda

  • 23-24 November 2017, European University Institute, Florence. Conference: “From Justice and Home Affairs to Security Union – Europe’s Silver Jubilee”. Programme.
  • 29 September 2017, Bocconi University, seminar “La Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione Europea tra dottrina e giurisprudenza” presentation: L. Marin: “Diritti fondamentali e fiducia reciproca nello Spazio di Liberta’, Sicurezza e Giustizia”. Programme.
  • 21-22 September 2017: University La Sapienza, Rome. Conference ‘Fundamental Guarantees in European Judicial Proceedings: Coexistence, Coexistence, Comparison and Conflicts Among Legal Systems’. Presentation: L. Marin: “Access to Justice and the Extraterritorial Reach of the EU Charter of Fundamental Right: a coherent picture?”. Programme.
  • 25 May 2017, University of Insubria (Varese), Jean Monnet Module: “Personal Data Protection as a Fundamental Right in the EU in the Digital Age”, conference: “Il diritto fondamentale alla protezione dei dati personali tra tutela costituzionale e tutela sovranazionale”, presentation: “La dimensione extraterritoriale della normativa europea sui dati personali”  

Past Activities

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