Previously, Elena earned an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and was a visiting researcher at New College Europe in Bucharest, Romania and at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She also pursued different courses in Law and/or Gender Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania and the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She attended various conferences and study visits in the fields of human rights, gender studies, public law and Europeanisation in several countries including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2016, she was a speaker at the EUI State of the Union dedicated to “Women in Europe and the World”, in the panel on Sexual and Reproductive Politics.