Natalia Spataru

Natalia Spataru

Birmingham Law School
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ms Spataru is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, recruited by the SAPIENS Network – an Innovative Training Network financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Sklodowska Programme. She pursues a PhD programme at the University of Birmingham and conducts her research on the procurement chapters of third-generation Free Trade Agreements as new instruments to further sustainability in procurement in their economic and political contexts.


Master's degree in European legal studies

  • University of Turin, Turin (Italy) 10.12.2015 – 21.06.2018
  • Graduated with 110/110 cum laude and highest honours
  • Dissertation title: “World refugee crisis; reconciling security concerns with refugee rights protection. The search for a durable solution to the refugee problem in Europe”.

Erasmus exchange programme

  • Bangor University, Wales (United Kingdom)
  • Subjects studied: International Law of Armed Conflict; International Human Rights Law; EU Internal Market Law.

Bachelor’s degree in Law

  • State University "Alecu Russo", Balti (Moldova)
  • Valedictorian. The highest-performing student of her graduating class (Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, 2015).
  • During her Bachelor degree, Ms Spataru was awarded the Scholarship of the President of Republic of Moldova for great performances in the domain of scientific research.


Ms Spataru is specialized in European Union law and international cooperation. Throughout the course of her career and education, she has engaged with cross-border procurement practices, international aid instruments and EU legal matters.

Her work as a university researcher at the University of Turin, was focused on the application of the EU procurement provisions on national practice and different perspectives and interpretations influenced by different legal traditions at the national level.

Ms Spataru’s work for the European Union Delegation in Kyrgyzstan (Cooperation section) specialised her in international aid and cooperation instruments on the resilience mechanisms through which the EU cooperates with its developing partners.

Her other professional experience includes: working in the private sector as a legal adviser for Lumen Legis Law firm; volunteering experience in providing free legal services to economically disadvantaged people.


  • EU public procurement system
  • EU External Relations Law and EU Trade Policy
  • Sustainability and trade in global procurement chain
  • The regulation of online trading and investing
  • Formation on labour standards in international agreements
  • United States approach in to sustainability in Free Trade Agreements