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Darinka Piqani

Assistant Professor

Dr. D. Piqani
+31 71 527 8503

Darinka Piqani lectures EU law and conducts research in the field of European constitutional law.

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Dr Darinka Piqani lectures EU law and conducts research in the field of European constitutional law at the Europa Institute in Leiden.

Darinka graduated in 2004 with distinction from the Faculty of Law of Tirana University, Albania. During her studies she worked as a legal intern for the Albanian Helsinki Committee, did voluntary work for the Albanian Red Cross and was a member of the Albanian National Debate Association. Afterwards, she worked for one year as a practising lawyer in one of the leading law firms in Albania.

In 2006, on a full scholarship from the Soros Foundation, Darinka obtained her LLM degree at the Legal Studies Department of Central European University (Budapest) in comparative constitutional law, specialising in EU law. Afterwards, she pursued her doctoral studies at the Law Department of the European University Institute (Florence) and worked on her PhD thesis entitled 'Supremacy of EU Law and the Jurisprudence of Constitutional Reservations in Central Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans: Towards a "Holistic" Constitutionalism'. Darinka successfully defended her thesis in June 2010 and afterwards she moved to the Netherlands.

Since August 2011 she has taught EU law at the Europa Institue of Leiden Law School and since April 2014 at the Leiden University College in the Hague. Darinka has also been teaching in the field of human rights law at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. She also worked as assistant to the editors of the Common Market Law Review.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Europees Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.21



  • Accreditation Board of Higher Education of the Republic of Albania Member and vice-chair of the Accreditation Board
  • Stichting Nederlands-Albanees Vriendschapsverband Member of the Foundation
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