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Isabella Mancini joined Brunel Law School as a lecturer in law in 2021. She holds a PhD from the City Law School (City, University of London), where she was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Network ‘EU Trade and Investment Policy’ (EUTIP). Her thesis, 'A Deep Trade Agenda for Fundamental Rights: Framing Fundamental Rights for the new generation EU Trade Agreements with other Developed Countries', explored mechanisms for the protection of labour rights and data protection rights, in the context of far-reaching trade agreements concluded between the EU and other developed countries.

Her research expertise and publications cover areas of EU external relations, EU trade policy, international trade law and policy, labour rights, data protection rights, and global economic governance. She also maintains a strong interest in UK-EU relations, and the role of parliaments and civil society in EU trade law- and policy-making.

Isabella Mancini is co-editor, with Prof. Elaine Fahey (City Law School), of Understanding the EU as a Good Global Actor: Ambitions, Values and Metrics' (Edward Elgar 2022). She was part of the ESRC-funded project on the UK-EU-Japan relations on trade, regulation and IP (TRILATTRADE), working with scholars at City Law School and Keio University. She is also involved in the Erasmus+ Project on the CETA Implementation and Implications Project (CIIP) led by Prof. Robert Finbow at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada.

During her doctoral studies, Isabella was a visiting scholar at the Egmont Institute (Brussels), at the Asser Institute (The Hague), and at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG, Amsterdam). She worked as a Teaching Assistant at the EUI and as an intern at the European Parliament Liaison Office in London.



  • PhD in Law (City, University of London)
  • LLM in International Trade and Investment Law (University of Maastricht)
  • BA in European Studies (University of Maastricht)
  • Erasmus / exchange programme (University of Geneva)


  • Admissions tutor
  • Assistant Director PGR and PhD Programme Leader
  • Assistant Mooting and Law Society Liaison (2021-22)

Newest selected publications

Fahey, E. and Mancini, I. (2022) 'Understanding the EU as a Good Global Actor: Ambitions, Values and Metrics'. London: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISSN 13: 978-1-80220-297-7


Fahey, E. and Mancini, I. (2022) 'Introduction: understanding the EU as a good global governance actor- whose metrics?', in Fahey, E. and Mancini, I. (eds.) Understanding the EU as a Good Global Actor: Ambitions, Values and Metrics. London : Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 1 - 17. ISBN 10: 1-80220-297-8. ISBN 13: 978-1-80220-297-7.

Book chapter

Mancini, I. (2022) 'Taming Regulatory Cooperation for the Protection of Labour Rights: The Case of CETA', in Finbow, RG. (ed.) CETA Implementation and Implications: Unravelling the Puzzle. Montreal, Canada : McGill-Queens University Press. pp. 289 - 310. ISBN 10: 0-2280-1276-7. ISBN 13: 9780228011927. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Mancini, I. (2022) 'The European Parliament and Civil Society in EU Trade Negotiations: the untold story of an erratic engagement'. European Foreign Affairs Review, 27 (2). pp. 241 - 262. ISSN: 1384-6299 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mancini, I. (2022) 'Labour rights protection in EU trade agreements: can trade agreements “only do so much”?', in Casolari, F. and Rossi, LS. (eds.) Integrating EU Free Trade Agreements into the EU Legal Order. London : Edward Elgar Publishing.Open Access Link

Book chapter
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