Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella

Eugenia Caracciolo Di TorellaAssociate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2307

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

I graduated from the University of Bologna (1993), and then spent one year at the Centre for European Law at the University of Oslo (1993-94) as a visiting researcher working on the institutional aspects of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. After a very short spell in private practice, I decided to focus upon an academic career. I obtained an LLM in International and European Law (1995) and a PhD (2000) from the University of Durham.

Before joining the University of Leicester, I taught at the Universities of Durham (1996-1999) and Sussex (1998-2000). At the University of Leicester, I am the module convenor for Family Law (LLB), Caring and the Law (LLB) and Law and Gender (LLB).

At Leicester, I am also the Law School Equality Champion, and the Portfolio Holder for Equality Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities.


I am interested in how the law impacts upon the lives of ordinary people with the issues that really matter to them: What can the law do to protect my position as a carer? Does the legal principle of equality make a difference? Can I be discriminated against because of an algorithm? Should the law protect human’s inherent vulnerability?

The recent Pandemic has highlighted how important these questions are. I have published extensively on these topics and in my research, I rely upon a socio-legal approach and on feminist theories, in particular the ethic of care.

Since 2009 I have contributed to the EU Commission funded project PROGRESS which aims at promoting gender equality, and I regularly author reports for the EU Commission and EU Parliament.


I have supervised PGR students researching a variety of aspects of Family Law and on the reconciliation of work and caring responsibilities; currently I am supervising PhD students on aspects of child law. I welcome enquiries from people wishing to undertake a PhD in any of the areas of my research interests.


  • Caring Responsibilities in European Law and Policy: Who Cares?(Routledge, 2020) (with A. Masselot)
  • ‘La directive de 2019 sur l'équilibre entre vie professionnelle et vie privée : une nouvelle étape franchie’ (2020) 3 Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale 8-19
  • ‘Here we go again: the Court, the value of care and traditional roles within the family’ (2020) 57 Common Market Law Review 1–12
  • ‘The Unintended Consequences of Brexit: the Case of Work-Life Balance’ in Dustin, Ferreira, Millns (eds.) Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit (Hart Publishing 2019) 61-91

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