Professor Anneli Albi

Professor of Law
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Professor Anneli Albi


Professor Albi specialises on comparative constitutional law and EU law. She joined Kent Law School in 2003, having been a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (1999-2003). She obtained her undergraduate law degree and a diploma in political science from the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Professor Albi led the large-scale research project ‘The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance’, which was funded by a 5-year, 1.2 million EUR grant, awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme. It was completed in 2019, with follow up events planned and updated via the project website.

A key book of the project, National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Fundamental Rights, the Rule of Law (co-edited with Dr Samo Bardutzky) was awarded a ‘Contribution of the Year’ prize by the Estonian Academy of Sciences Constitutional Law Foundation, for in-depth study of the functioning of Europe’s national constitutions. A note in English is available at 

Professor Albi is currently on leave to complete a comparative monograph provisionally entitled A Comparative Study on National Constitutions in EU Governance (Asser Press and Springer, forthcoming 2023). The monograph is written on the basis of the twenty-nine national reports published in the above book in the framework of the ERC project. The comparative monograph identifies three broader constitutional traditions in Europe and explores how substantive comparative European constitutional law has been changing through autonomous EU law and governance. The book additionally explores structural issues in the discourse on EU and national constitutions on the basis of literature on the epistemology of EU law.
Earlier research grants include the European Commission and British Academy funded project 'The European Constitution and National Constitutions' (2005-2006). 

Research interests

Professor Albi’s research interests are in Comparative constitutional law; EU constitutional law; fundamental rights; the rule of law; constitutional courts and constitutional review; national parliaments; euro crisis, democracy and social rights; global governance; EU enlargements and European Neighbourhood Policy.


Professor Albi usually teaches in the fields of EU law and comparative constitutional law.


Professor Albi welcomes supervision in the fields of EU law and comparative constitutional law. 


Professional appointments

  • Member of the University of Salzburg and Austrian European Community Studies Association (ECSA) research project ‘Member States’ Constitutions and EU Integration’, directed by Professor Stefan Griller (2012-2019)
  • Expert in the European Commission's Gender Equality Network (2004-2011)
  • Member of the External Advisory Board of the Yearbook of Polish European Studies

Membership of professional associations 

  • Member of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA)
  • Member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • Member of the United Kingdom Association of European Law (UKAEL)
  • Member of Estonian Lawyers Association    
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