Dr Ilaria Vianello

Senior Research Fellow (Asia)

Project Activities


Other Activities and Research Interests

Comparative Administrative Law, Rule of Law and State-Building in Post-Conflict States, EU Administrative Law, EU External Relations Law

Professional and Academic Background

4/2018–7/2018 Seconded Legal Expert, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), Office of the Chairman, Kabul (Afghanistan)

Since 3/2017 Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

11/2016 and 11/2017 Visiting Lecturer, Advance Course on International Scenarios of Organised Crimes (Corso di Perfezionamento in Scenari Internazionali della Criminalità Organizzata), Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

2012–2016 Doctor of Laws (PhD), Thesis on: "EU External Action and the Administrative Rule of Law: A Long-Overdue Encounter", European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

2/2016–7/2016 Visiting Scholar, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (Germany)

3/2015–5/2015 Visiting Lecturer, European Public Law Department, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

5/2014–7/2014 Visiting Scholar, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London (United Kingdom)

2012–2013 Master of Laws (LLM) in Comparative, European and International Laws, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

3/2012–7/2012 Assistant to the Small Arms Control and Reduction Project, Internship at the United Nations Development Programme, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

10/2011–2/2012 Assistant to the Unit Albania and Montenegro, Traineeship at the European Commission, Directorate General for Enlargement, Brussels (Belgium)

2010–2011 Bilingual Master in European Interdisciplinary Studies (English and French), Major on the Role of the European Union as a Regional Actor, College of Europe (Natolin Campus), Warsaw (Poland)

4/2010–6/2010 Research Assistant at the European and International Law Department, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

2/2009–7/2009 Research Assistant at the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

2007–2010 Bachelor of Laws, with Distinction, (LLB, cum laude), European Law School, Maastricht University (The Netherlands)


  • The hope behind the headlines: Public administration reforms in Afghanistan.
    In: This Century`s Review Journal of rational legal debate, No emoji for democracy No. 1 2018, pp 34–39. Link
  • The Rule of Law as a Relational Principle Structuring the Union's Action Towards its External Partners. In: Cremona, Marise (ed), Structural Principles in EU External Relations Law. Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury 2018, pp 225–240.
  • Acknowledging the Impact of Administrative Power in the EU External Action. In: Cremona, Marise/Leino, Päivi (eds), The New Frontiers of EU Administrative Law: Is There an Accountability Gap in EU External Relations?, European Papers, Vol 2, 2017, No 2, pp 597–616.
  • From objects to subjects: paving the way for third countries and their natural and legal persons. In: Bardutzky, Samo/Fahey, Elaine (eds), Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham/Massachsetts 2017, pp 227–242.
  • Access to Justice in a Globalised World. What Can Still Be Learned from the Florentine Access to Justice Project? In: Annuario di Diritto Comparato e Studi Legislativi, 2016, pp 41–52.
  • Guaranteeing the Respect of Human Rights in EU External Relations. What Role for European Administrative Law? In: Poli, Sara (ed): Protecting Human Rights in the European Union's External Relations. CLEER Papers. 2016/5, pp 21–36. Link
  • What does it take to absorb the Convention on Cluster Munitions? The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNDP publications in collaboration with the European Union and the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (lead author) Link
    (The publication was presented by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 12 September 2012 at the Third Meeting of the Convention on Clusters Munitions in Oslo, Norway)