Nausica Palazzo

Assistant Professor

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Nausica Palazzo is an Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at NOVA School of Law in Lisbon, who works in the area of family law, constitutional law, and sexual politics. She graduated in law from Bocconi University in 2014, earned an LL.M. from the University of Michigan School of Law, and a cum laude Ph.D. in Comparative Law from the University of Trento with a dissertation on the legal recognition of non-traditional families in Canada, the US, and Europe. For the completion of her dissertation, she received six fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship.

Prior to joining Nova, Nausica was an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Law at Bocconi University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She held visiting positions at the European University Institute, and McGill University.

Nausica is especially interested in queer approaches to family law, critical approaches to anti-discrimination law and theory, comparative constitutional law, and the relationship between gender and religious norms in illiberal regimes. Nausica has published articles in these areas in top specialized journals such as the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and Oñati Socio-Legal Series.

Her latest book Legal Recognition of Non-Conjugal Families came out in February 2021 with Hart Publishing and a forthcoming co-edited collection on queer/religious alliances in family law will be published by Anthem Press in 2022.

Bachelor’s degree (1st cycle) 

  • Family law (Comparative Family Law)
  • Freedom, Justice, and Security – Special EU Law



Journal Articles

Book Chapters:

  • Comparative Law
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Discrimination Law and Theory
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Law, Gender, and Religion
  • Illiberalism Studies