Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella

Associate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2307

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Dottore in Giurisprudenza (Bologna), LLM (Durham), PhD (Durham)

After graduating from the University of Bologna in 1993, I spent one year at the Centre for European Law at the University of Oslo as a visiting researcher (1993-94) working on the institutional aspects of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. I then obtained an LL.M (1995) and a Ph.D. (2000) from the University of Durham.

Before taking up my present position, I was a tutor in European Law at the University of Durham (1996-1999) and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex (1998-2000). At the University of Leicester, I am course convenor for Family Law (LLB). I am also the College (AHL) and Corporate Equal Opportunities Officer.


  • Surrogacy, Pregnancy and Maternity Rights: a Missed Opportunity for a More Coherent Regime of Parental Rights in the EU? (forthcoming 2015) The European Law Review (with P. Foubert) ca. 12.500 words
  • Brave New Fathers for a Brave New World? Fathers as Caregivers in an evolving European Union, (2014) 20 European Law Journal 88-106. Online DOI: 10.1111/eulj.12033
  • Reconciling Work and Family Life in EU Law and Policy, Palgrave McMillian 2010, (with A. Masselot, University of Canterbury, NZ). Abstract
  • Fighting Discrimination on the Grounds of Pregnancy, Maternity and Parenthood. The application of EU and national law in practice in 33 European countries, 2012 (with S. Burri and A. Masselot). Online version
    This report was presented, inter alia, at the following: BBC Radio Leicester 8 July, 2013
  • Pregnancy, Maternity and Parental Rights in Europe: the real cost of social reproduction, paper presented at the Work and Family Research Network (WFRN), 19-21 June 2014, New York, USA (with  Annick Masselot, University of Canterbury, NZ)
  • Findings of the report Fighting Discrimination on the Grounds of Pregnancy, Maternity and Parenthood, Oslo Region European Office, Brussels, 7 March 2014

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My main interest is the impact of the principle of gender equality on various aspects of law and policy at both domestic and EU level. My research largely relies upon a socio-legal approach. Since 2009, I have contributed to the EU Commission founded project PROGRESS aimed at promoting gender equality.

I am particularly interested in the policies and legislation for the reconciliation of work and family life, an area in which I have published extensively. I also worked on a monograph that explores the legal regulation of caring responsibilities (Caring Responsibilities in Europe: Who Cares? Routledge, 2015).

I am a member of the AHRC founded Families and Work Network (University of Reading).


I welcome enquiries from people wishing to undertake a PhD in any of the areas of my research interests, in particular work/life balance and its implication at domestic and EU level.

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