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Dr Lucila de Almeida is a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of International Economic Law (KATT) carrying out the investigations for the External Dimension of the European Private Law Project (the FiDiPro), faculty member of the multidisciplinary center on sustainability science HELSUS and collaborator in the InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business. Her research interests are in the field of theory of private law, European private law (internal and external dimension), transnational private law, and comparative law with the focus on energy and environmental law. Lucila founded and teaches the IBL course on External Dimension of European Private Law, as well as co-teaches Foundations of EU Law (EU substantive law).


– PhD (2017) in Law from European University Institute (fully financed by ERC/ERPL Grant);
– LL.M. (2013) in Comparative International and European Law from European University Institute (fully financed by EUI Hans Kelsen Grant for the TOP 5 LLM candidates);
– M.A. (2011) in Law and Development from School of Law of São Paulo FGV (Direito GV) (full scholarship Mario Henrique Simons);
– LL.B (2009) from Brazilian Federal University UFRN (financed by Brazilian Federal Government).


Member of Editorial Board (associate researcher):
– Managing Editor (2013-2014) and Senior Editor at European Journal of Legal Studies;
– Assistant Editor (2015-2016) at European Journal of International Law (Oxford journal);
– Assistant Editor (2014-2015) at International Journal of Constitutional Law (Oxford Journal).


Externally Funding Research Projects (associate research):
– FidiPro Programme/Academy of Finland to External Dimension of European Private Law (2017-);
– European Research Council to European Regulatory Private Law Project (2013-2016);
– TEKES to Transnational Governance by Contracts and System-level of Innovation (2012);
– Inter-American Development Bank to Transnational Governance by Contracts (2011).


Lucila’s PhD thesis was developed within the framework of the ERPL/ERC Project hosted by EUI. Her thesis claims the European integration in the energy market relies on the emergence of rules that boost and regulate private relationships through a self-standing European Private Law. The harmonization has then taken place through semantically and rigid mandatory rules rather than vague standards.