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Assistant Professor of European Law and Governance

University of Twente
Centre for European Studies
Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences
P.O. Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Secretariat EU and International Law
(+31)(0)53.489.3260 (Room Ravelijn 4216)
Personal e-mail
Visits: Ravelijn Building, Room RA-4234


Assistant professor for the chair of International and European Law and Governance held by Prof. Dr. Ramses A. Wessel. The Chair is part of the Law & Regulation group of the Department of Public Administration.

Additional functions include:


My research focuses on Justice and Home Affairs law of the EU, the law of EU external relations, EU citizenship, free movement of persons and EU institutional law. Another passion of mine is the constitutional significance (from a legal perspective) of the European integration process and comparative constitutional law. My research interests and passions are reflected in the different courses I teach for the Bachelor Programme in European Public Administration and the Master Programme in European Studies.

Prior to joining the University of Twente in 2015 I worked as a research fellow at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague. In this capacity I have acquired a vast experience lecturing for professionals and working as consultant in numerous applied research projects on comparative and EU law.

I received my law degree at the Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca ( 5 years programme), a Master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and my PhD from the University fo Twente.


  • C Matera, The External Dimensions of the EU Area of Freedom, Security and justice. A constitutional perspective, Springer Verlag/ T.M.C. Asser Press, (forthcoming)
  • M. Fletcher, E. Herlin-Karnell, C. Matera (eds), The EU as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Routledge, 2016,(forthcoming)
  • C Matera, “Another parochial decision? The Common European Asylum System at the crossroad between IHL and refugee law in Diakité”, Questions of International Law (QIL), pp. 3-20
  • C Matera and A Taylor (eds.), “The Common European Asylum System and human rights: enhancing protection in times of emergencies”, CLEER Working Papers Series, 2014/6
  • C Matera and R A Wessel, “Context or Content? A CFSP or AFSJ Legal Basis for EU International Agreements”, In Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo, Núm. 49, Madrid, septiembre/diciembre (2014), págs. 1047-1064
  • C-221/11 Leyla Demirkan v Germany, Judgement of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 23 September 2013, in Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo n.47 enero/abril 2014, pp.285-299
  • C Matera, “Much ado about opt-out? The Impact of variable geometry in the external dimension of the AFSJ” in S. Blockmans (ed.), Differentiated Integration in the EU. From the Inside Looking Out, Brussels, 2014, pp. 75-102
  • C Matera, “The Influence of International Organisations on the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A First Inquiry”, in R. A. Wessel and S. Blockmans (eds.) Between Autonomy and Dependence: The EU Legal Order Under the influence of International Organisations, Springer/TMC Asser Press, 2013, pp. 269-296
  • C Matera, “The European Union Area of Freedom, Security and justice and the Fight Against New Security Threats. New Trends and Old Constitutional Challenges”, in M. Arcari e L. Balmond (a cura di) “Global Governance and The Challenges of Collective Security”, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2012, pp.69-87
  • C Matera, The External Dimension of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, in C. Eckes and Th. Konstadinides (Eds.), Crime within the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A European Public Order, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, January 2011 (with R.A. Wessel and L. Marin) pp.272-300


25 March 2015: The experience of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council in the field of external relations, Conference organized by CLEER, the Centre for the law of EU External Relations at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague.



  • 2013-2014: Jean Monnet grants for the research project titled “Human security as an operational framework for enhancing human rights protection in the EU’s Security and Migration policies”, research project designed with Dr Tamara Takács Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute
  • 2011-2013: Prevention of fraud, corruption and bribery committed through legal entities for the purpose of financial and economic gain in the field of financial and economic crime, HOME/2010/ISEC/AG/081, project funded by the European Commission, DH Home, Brussels
  • 2010: Research grant of 1500 Euro as junior visiting researcher from the Max Planck Institute for Public, Comparative and International Law


I have been teaching as guest lecturer and visiting lecturer at the University of Twente since the fall of 2009. Today, as assistant professor I teach in a number of courses in the European Public Administration and European Studies programs. Undergraduate modules and courses include: The Modern State, The EU and the World, European Legal Integration, European Legal Governance, EU External Legal Relations, and Introduction to Law.
Graduate course: European Union Law