Cristina Saenz Perez

Graduate Research Assistant

Cristina Saenz

LLB (University of Valencia), BBA (University of Valencia), LLM (University of Turin), Member of the Spanish Bar Association


Cristina joined the Law School in September 2016, having previously completed a double degree in Law and Business at the University of Valencia (Spain) and an LL.M. in international criminal law at the United Nations Interregional Justice and Crime Research Institute in Turin (Italy). She previously worked as a research associate at the Department of Criminal Law of the University of Parma (Italy).

She currently works as Graduate Research Assistant at the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI).

Research interests

Cristina’s main research interest lies in the field of EU constitutional law and, more specifically, in the development of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters) and its impact on the protection of defence rights. Her PhD analyses the fundamental rights' implications of the application of the principle of mutual recognition to the area of EU criminal law.

Selected publications

  • Sáenz Pérez C, 'Minister for Justice and Equality v RO: Brexit Means Nothing Has Changed … Yet' (2019) 44 European Law Review 548.
  • Sáenz Pérez C, 'Mutual trust and Brexit: What future for the European arrest warrant?' in Maria Caterina Baruffi and Matteo Ortino (eds.), Trending topics in international and EU law: legal and economic perspectivesTrending topics in international and EU law: legal and economic perspectives (ESI 2019).
  • Sáenz Pérez C, 'Constitutional identity as a tool to improve defence rights in European criminal law' (2018) 9 New Journal of European Criminal Law 446.
  • Sáenz Pérez C, 'Minister for Justice v. O'Connor: A Decisive Moment for the Future of the EAW in the UK' (2018) 3 European Papers 1017 (case comment)
  • Sáenz Pérez C, 'Los Derechos Humanos en la lucha contra el terrorismo' (2013) 15 Revista Foro 17.

Current teaching

Brexit: The Future of the UK in Europe (LLM)

EU law (LLB)

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