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Senior Research Fellow of International law at the University of Genoa (Department of Law) since 30th December 2011, Maria Elena De Maestri has formerly (since 2010) been contract researcher and lecturer of in EU law and international law at the same University (Faculty of Law), where she has graduated in 2006. She also obtained a PhD in international law at C.I.E.L.I. (University of Genoa) in 2009.

She teaches International law and Private International Law of the European Union at the Department of Law of the University of Genoa. She also delivers lectures for students enrolled in specialisation schools.

She has spent periods of time abroad for research purposes (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and Private International Law, Hamburg, July 2015, Centre Inrets, Paris Arcueil 2008; the Hague Academy of international Law, 2007).

Since 2009, she has regularly participated in research projects financed by the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the University of Genoa. From September 2016 she is the scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module EUSPACE, Europe in Space: Law and Technology.

She participates as a speaker at various conferences and seminars both at the international and national level.

She is the author of several publications dealing with EU and International law.