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Dr Esin Küçük

Formerly at Lancaster University

PhD supervision

Esin welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of European constitutional law and theory as well as EU justice and home affairs.

My Role

Director of Postgraduate Taught Law Programmes

Research Interests

Esin’s research interests lie broadly within EU law, with a particular focus on i) constitutional foundations and principles of EU law; ii) constitutional aspects of economic governance of the EU; iii) asylum law. She also researches asylum law and policy in Turkey and the nexus with EU accession and human rights.


Current Research

Her current research explores solidarity as a legal concept in the EU. It explores the theoretical foundations on which solidarity rests and seeks to address significant, yet open yet fundamental questions regarding the nature of solidarity as a legal concept, such as whether solidarity amounts to a general principle of EU law, how it relates to other constitutional principles such as principle of sincere cooperation. Her research critically assesses both the relevant legal instruments that have been adopted at the European level and the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union with a view to exploring normative parameters of European solidarity in general and asylum solidarity more specifically.


Esin joined the law school as a lecturer in European law in 2015. Previous to this, Esin taught European law at King’s College London, where she was also awarded a PhD in law. Esin studied law at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA (LLM), and Anadolu University, Turkey (LLB & LLM), where she worked as a research associate. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Grants

King’s College London Overseas Research Studentship for the PhD programme, 2010-2013.

King’s College London Graduate School Scholarship for the PhD programme, 2011-2013.

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