Edit Frenyó

Edit Frenyó is currently a post-doctoral Global Fellow affiliated with NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. She was a Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow in Migration Law and Policy at McGill (2018-2020) where she served as Coordinator for the Oppenheimer Chair (2019-2020). Her research interests include family law, labor migration, human rights, welfare and social policy. Edit holds a JD from the University of Szeged (Hungary), an LL.M. from Boston College Law School and an SJD from Georgetown Law.

As an adjunct professor, Edit co-taught the Family Law course at Georgetown, with her dissertation supervisor Prof. Judith C. Areen. In 2016, she served as an adjunct professor at McDaniel College Budapest, teaching a course on the rights of unaccompanied minors in the European Union. Prior to NYU, Edit was a Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow in Migration Law and Policy, at McGill University Faculty of Law, working closely with Prof. François Crépeau, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. She guest lectured in numerous courses at McGill and taught a self-designed intensive course on the human rights implications of the externalization of migration controls. Edit also served as the Coordinator for the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law.

Edit’s research applies perspectives of law and the social sciences to explore the contemporary phenomena of “transnational families and households”. Her dissertation focused on the multiple challenges to childcare faced by families of labor migrants, as key to improving the regulatory frameworks surrounding them. Her post-doctoral work explores the transnational, semi-formal welfare systems created by migrant households and how they challenge state-centric normative frameworks of social protection and policy. Her case studies involve domestic care-work migration within the European Union’s growing elder care market.

In 2019, she contributed a chapter entitled “Transnational Families and the Right to Family Life in the Age of Global Migration.” to Stark, Barbara and Heaton, ed. 2019. Routledge Handbook of International Family Law.

Edit is currently an associate research partner in the VULNER Research Team, participating in a multi-site, Canadian study as part of a broader EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) research consortium with select partner countries in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Norway), the Middle East (Lebanon) and Africa (Uganda and South Africa).  See: Vulnerabilities under the Global Protection Regime. How are vulnerabilities of protection seekers assessed, addressed, shaped and produced in and through laws, protection policies, state institutions?’ (VULNER). 

Center Affiliation: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Research Project: Transnationalizing the European Household – Elder Care and the Future of Transnational Social Policy in Europe