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New Associate Professor of EU Law

Portrait of Zvezda Vankova. Photo.

On 9 October, the Academic Appointments Board decided to appoint Zvezda Vankova as Associate Professor of EU Law

Dr Zvezda Vankova holds a PhD in EU migration law from Maastricht University. She is the principal investigator of the project ‘Refugee protection or cherry picking? Assessing new admission policies for refugees in Europe’ (2023-2026) funded by the Swedish Research Council. The overarching aim of her research is to examine how the interaction of laws pertaining to human mobility and their implementation in practice influence the rights and trajectories of people on the move. More specifically, her research interests lie at the intersection of EU law, public international law and empirical legal studies with a focus on human rights, migration, integration and complementary pathways for refugees. Before joining academia, Dr Vankova worked at the Migration Policy Group in Brussels and Open Society Institute in Sofia. She has acted as a consultant on migrant and refugee rights matters to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe’s Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, and the UNHCR, and is also one of the co-founders of the association Multi Kulti Collective, which aims to support the integration of foreigners into Bulgarian society.

Read more about Zvezda Vankova and her research in the Research Portal