Dr. Ivana Isailović

Co-leader of the the project "Gender and Private International Law" (with Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels)

Main Fields of Research

Gender Studies, Family and Private International Law, Critical Theory and Political Economy


Ivana Isailović is currently Assistant Professor of EU law at the University of Amsterdam, and member of the Amsterdam Center for Europen Law and Governance (ACELG) and of the Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) interdisciplinary research project. 

In 2020 she was a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she taught classes on gender, and migrations and identity. She was also a visiting scholar at the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program at Northeastern University and at the Northeastern School of Law (2019-2020).

Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute in the fall 2019, she was a fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (2017-18), a lecturer at Northeastern Law School where she taught a seminar on comparative family law (2018) and a lecturer in the WGSS program (2018). She also held appointments at NYU School of Law (Emile Noël Fellow, 2016-17); at McGill Faculty of Law (Boulton Teaching Fellow, 2015-16) where she taught the seminar on 'Social Diversity and Law' and at the Free University of Brussels where she helped create the Equality Law Clinic, taught clinical courses and supervised students working on reproductive and transgender people's rights. Besides these appointments, she taught gender and law seminars at Bocconi University (2018) and Università del Piemonte Orientale (2018).

Ivana Isailović holds a PhD in law from Sciences Po Paris. Her dissertation '(Mis)recognition: Essay on Transnational Law, Identities and Marginalization' (2014) examines the interplay between conflict of laws, gender, human rights and the processes of identity formation and marginalization. She holds a Master's degree in International Public Law from Sorbonne University (2007-08) and a degree in Global Business Law and Governance (2008-09), a joint program between Columbia Law School, Sorbonne University, and Sciences Po Paris.

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