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Dr Chiara Berneri

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Professional biography

Dr Chiara Berneri is a Law Lecturer and joined The OU in September 2021. Her interests focus on EU law, International Law, Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Chiara holds a law degree from Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), an LLM in European Union law from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from City, University of London. Chiara published two books with Hart. She also published in leading journals, such as the European Journal of Migration and Law and the European Journal of Law and Economics.

Research interests

Chiara research interests focus, in particular, on the intersection between immigration law, human rights, state sovereignty and citizenship. She welcomes PhD supervision in this field. 


Teaching interests

Chiara is committed to delivering excellence in teaching. 

She has been involved in the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

W111 Criminal law and the courts  

W203 Public law and Criminal law 

W330 European Union Law

W350 Exploring legal bounderies 

W800 The law dissertation

W821 Exploring the boundaries of international law

She is also currently supervising a PhD project in the field of EU law and Economic Citizenship. 

Impact and engagement

External engagement:

  • Guest speaker at Inaugural Lecture LLM EU Law University of Edinburgh, “Private Sponsorship of Refugees in Europe”, University of Edinburgh, 14 September 2022
  • Invited speaker at Communion and Law conference, “Immigration and Artificial Intelligence”, Sophia University Institute (Florence), 9-11 September 2022
  • SLSA Conference 2022, “Private Sponsorship of Refugees in Europe”, University of York, 6-8 April 2022
  • Invited speaker, “Family Reunification: an EU Law Perspective”, University of Ghent, 11 October 2019.
  • Invited speaker, “EU citizenship @ 25: main achievements and future challenges”, Centre for Migration Law, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 28-29 June 2018.
  • “King’s College Postgraduate Conference”, King’s College, London, May 2012. 
  • “SLSA 2011 Conference”, University of Sussex, Brighton, 11 April 2011.

External collaborations

Chiara has been one of the organizer of the series of seminars “New Frontiers of Human Rights” at Sophia University Institute (Italy), promoted by Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work (Fordham University), Observatorio de Derechos Humanos (Universidad de Valladolid) and The Center for Research in Politics and Human Rights (Sophia University Institute) since 2021. 




The impact of law on moral and social norms: evidence from facemask fines in the UK (2024)
Berneri, Chiara; Larcom, Shaun; Peng, Congmin and She, Po-Wen
European Journal of Law and Economics ((Early access))

Family Reunification between Static EU Citizens and Third Country Nationals: A Practical Way to Help Families Caught in the Current Immigration Crisis (2018)
Berneri, Chiara
European Journal of Migration and Law, 20(3) (pp. 289-313)

Some legal issues arising from the practice of euthanasia in Europe (2016)
Berneri, Chiara
The Newman Rambler, 12(2) (pp. 50-55)

Marriages of Convenience: the Limitations of the UK Legislation (2015-12)
Berneri, Chiara
Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 29(4) (pp. 372-385)

Ewaen Fred Ogieriakhi v. Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland (2015-08-01)
Berneri, Chiara
European Public Law, 21(3) (pp. 457-465)

Protection of Families Composed by EU Citizens and Third-country Nationals: Some Suggestions to Tackle Reverse Discrimination (2014)
Berneri, Chiara
European Journal of Migration and Law, 16(2) (pp. 249-275)

Iida and O and S: Further Developments in the Immigration Status of Static EU Citizens (2013-06)
Peers, Steve and Berneri, Chiara
Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 27(2) (pp. 162-173)

Le pronunce Zambrano e McCarthy: gli ultimi sviluppi giurisprudenziali sulle unioni famigliari tra cittadini comunitari ed extracomunitari (2011)
Berneri, Chiara
Quaderni costituzionali, Rivista italiana di diritto costituzionale, 2011(3) (pp. 696-698)

Il diritto dei familiari extracomunitari di cittadini dell'Unione a risiedere in uno stato membro (2009)
Berneri, Chiara
Quaderni costituzionali, Rivista italiana di diritto costituzionale, 2009(2) (pp. 413-415)

Private Sponsorship of Refugees in Europe (2024-10)
Berneri, Chiara
Publisher : Hart Publishing (In Press)

Family Reunification in the EU: The Movement and Residence Rights of Third Country National Family Members of EU Citizens (2017)
Berneri, Chiara
ISBN : 978-1-50990-478-5 | Publisher : Hart Publishing | Published : Oxford, UK

The Court of Justice of the European Union, EU Citizenship and Residence Rights of Third Country National Family Members: An Ongoing Struggle (2020-03-20)
Berneri, Chiara
In: Mantu, Sandra; Minderhoud, Paul and Guild, Elspeth eds. EU Citizenship and Free Movement Rights: Taking Supranational Citizenship Seriously (pp. 55-73)
ISBN : 9789004411784 | Publisher : Koninklijke Brill NV | Published : Leiden, The Netherlands.

Chen e la cronaca di una rivoluzione: la Cittadinanza dell’Unione Europea (2011)
Berneri, C.
In: Cartabia, M. ed. Dieci Casi sui Diritti in Europa: uno strumento didattico (pp. 143-157)
Publisher : Ed. Il Mulino | Published : Bologna