Senior International Fellow
Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi is a Senior International Fellow at Government Accountability Project and assistant Professor of Law at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Previously, Dr. Abazi was a resident Fellow at Yale Law School – Information Project Society (2019), Emile Noel Fellow at NYU School of Law (2018), and Fulbright Scholar at Columbia Law School (2014). She holds PhD and LLM degree from University of Amsterdam and LLM degree from Yale Law School.
Dr. Abazi has (co)authored three books and over 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications in leading international journals on issues of whistleblowing, accountability, and transparency. She has been invited speaker to over 40 lectures and talks at universities worldwide including at Harvard Law School, Oxford University, European University Institute, University of Tokyo, FGV Brazil, NYU (campuses: Abu Dhabi, New York, Florence, Paris), Sciences Po Paris. Her work has been translated in Russian, German, and Spanish and featured in news media such as Bloomberg, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde.
On whistleblowing, Dr. Abazi has offered legal advice to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe and co-drafted the model EU Directive for protection of whistleblowers. In 2018, Dr. Abazi was awarded the prestigious VENI grant from the Dutch Scientific Foundation given to “outstanding researchers who display a striking talent for scientific research” and in 2020 she received the Early Career Award by The Royals Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work on whistleblowing in the European Union.