Jenny Orlando-Salling

Jenny Orlando-Salling

PhD fellow


Jenny joined the University of Copenhagen in September 2020. The objective of her research is to engage critical approaches to EU law exploring the afterlives and enduring impact of colonialism/imperialism on the European legal order, particularly European Constitutionalism. She analyses the interaction of post-colonial and imperial EU Member States in the European semi-periphery with the EU's value ordering (and vice versa) with a focus on the rule of law. 

Before joining the Faculty of Law, Jenny worked at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU as Malta’s Representative to the Nicolaidis Group, Mashreq, Maghreb (MaMa) and Middle East (MOG) committees and was also the Brusssels-based Human Rights Committee delegate (2015-2019). Jenny was subsequently appointed Deputy Head of Mission and Consul to the Embassy of Malta in Egypt and Sudan (2019-2020). Prior to this, Jenny held a number of traineeships including at the European Parliament, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as the UK House of Commons. She also worked as an Assistant Researcher and Editor at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as as a legal intern at B&D Law Firm in Beijing, China.

Jenny graduated with honours from University College London (UCL) where she holds an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB (Hons.)). She was awarded two academic excellence awards for her undergraduate research. She graduated, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union and was awarded the Paul Taylor Prize for Overall Performance. During her PhD Fellowship, Jenny  completed a Master in Laws (LL.M) at the University of Copenhagen successfully defending her thesis entitled, 'Postcoloniality, Memory and Identity in European Constitutionalism - Lessons from Hungary' in December 2021. 

Jenny lectures undergraduate students at the Faculty of Law in Criminology and Global Challenges in International Law, and is open to supervising BA and LLM theses in a variety of subjects. 

She has undertaken research stays at the University of Milan (La Statale), Italy; Princeton University, United States and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 

The PhD project is part-funded by the Government of Malta's TESS Scholarship for the period 2020-2025. 

Keywords: European constitutionalism, constitutionalism, comparative constitutionalism, constitutional history, critical historical approaches, coloniality, post-colonialism, decolonial approaches, core-periphery, memory and identity, rule of law.

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