She received her Ph.D. in European Law from the University of Exeter (United Kingdom, 2001) after studying political sciences, public administration and law at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Lyon, France), Jean Moulin University (Lyon III, France), Aristotle University (Thessaloniki, Greece) and Montpellier I University (France). Prior to joining CEU in 2004, she was a Lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Exeter.
Marie-Pierre currently teaches courses on European integration and governance (Jean Monnet Module 1), human rights in the EU (Jean Monnet Module 2), and Law and Public Policy. In the past, she taught a variety of courses in the fields of European Union law, comparative administrative law, public administration, social justice, international human rights law, and academic legal writing and research.
From 2005 until 2012, Marie-Pierre co-directed, together with Imola Streho (Sciences-Po Paris), the annual summer course on Advanced EU Legal Practice, taught by the Total Law Team (led by J. Weiler, NYU). Between 2006 and 2019, she was the CEU coordinator for the Allianz Summer Academy on Europe.
Marie-Pierre’s research interests lie in the fields of European Union Law; European integration and governance; comparative public law; access to justice; judicial process; remedies; human rights; social justice and citizenship. She is particularly interested in teasing out the dynamics of interactions between law, politics and policy across different levels of governance, and integrating the insights of different disciplines in order to better understand legal developments and the impact of law on society. Her articles appear in the European Law Review, European Public Law, the Modern Law Review, Comparative European Politics, etc. She has contributed numerous book chapters in edited volumes and research handbooks, published by Oxford University Press, Hart, Bruylant, Edward Elgar, or Kluwer. She has carried out management and research activities in two EU funded research projects, a large scale FP7 collaborative research projects on barriers to EU citizenship (bEUcitizen 2014-2017), and a H2020 collaborative project on developing a Theory of Justice for Europe (ETHOS 2017-2019). She also edited the web-dossier Francovich follow-up which tracked the development and application of liability for violation of EU law. She co-edited (with PJ Cardwell) The Research Handbooks on the Politics of EU Law (Edward Elgar, 2020), (with E Guinchard) The New EU Judiciary - An analysis of current judicial reform (Kluwerlaw International, 2017) and with S de Vries and H de Waele Civil Rights and EU Citizenship: Challenges at the Crossroads of European, National and Private Spheres (Edward Elgar, 2018). She acted as an expert consultant on state litigation strategies in the context of EU accession, and contributes to EU compliance assessments.