Dr Helga Hejny

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Courses taught: Law

Helga's primary area of research is European and Public International Law. She is also specialised in discrimination law, equity and trusts, business law and human rights.



Following her degree in law, Helga started her academic career at the University of Bologna working as a teaching assistant for the chair of international law. She concluded her legal practice in an international law firm of Bologna. She received her LL.M. in American Law and International Legal Practice from the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. She received a second LL.M. in legal research from Middlesex University, London.

Her PhD 'Age discrimination in financial services: A comparative study between Italy, UK and Austria' deals with the European and Comparative law. As a researcher, she worked on projects related to temporary agencies workers, sustainable workforce, corporates and human rights. Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, she taught law at the University of Bologna, University of Bergamo (Adapt doctoral school) and Middlesex University.

Research interests

Helga gained research experience in four different European countries: UK, Italy, Netherlands, and Austria. In particular, she investigated in the following fields: the European anti-discrimination law; labour law (temporary agency workers); sustainable workforce; human rights in human resource management; human rights and environmental law. Her research interests focus on multiple discrimination; Corporate Social Responsibility and Human rights; multinational corporations and vulnerable workers; demographic transition and age discrimination issues.


  • European Law
  • Equity and Trust
  • Public International Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative law (Module Leader)
  • Human Rights law


  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education). Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • PhD in Age Discrimination, a comparative approach between Italy, UK and Austria. Middlesex University, London
  • LLM in American Law and International Legal Practice Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
  • LLM in Legal Research Middlesex Law School, London
  • MPhil Middlesex Law School, London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Professional Training for Lawyers & Barristers in the UN Guiding Principles in Business and Human rights Working Group.
  • Comité de Redacción, Escuela Internacional de Alta Formación en Relaciones Laborales y de Trabajo de ADAPT
  • “SIDI” Societa’ Italiana di Diritto Internazionale
  • Member of “The Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Knowledge Community”

Selected recent publications

Book chapters

Hejny H., ‘Il caso di Giuliana Sgrena ed i crimini internazionali’ in Baroncini, E. (ed.) Giudici e diritto internazionale. Casi scelti, (Libreria Bonomo Editore, 2011).

Hejny H., ‘The lump of labour fallacy and youth unemployment: implications of an ageing population’, in Tackling youth unemployment, edited by Morley Gunderson and Francesca Fazio, (Cambridge Scholars publishing 2014).

Contribution to edited book ‘La convenzione di Aarhus e l'accesso alla giustizia in materia ambientale’ (2011) edited by Attila Tanzi, Elena Fasoli and Lucrezia Iapichino. Cedam.


Hejny, H., 'Age Discrimination in Financial Services: The United Kingdom Case' [2016] E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 5(3), pp1-21. ISSN 2280-4056

Hejny H., Zucaro R., “La staffetta giovani-anziani e la discriminazione per età”, in Michele Squeglia , La “staffetta intergenerazionale” tra discutibili modelli e dubbie prospettive, Boll. Speciale ADAPT, 2013, n. 14.

Recent presentations and conferences

Speaker: 9, 10, 11 July 2014. The Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations. "Age Discrimination beyond the Employment Equality Directive: Emerging Aging Problems between Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom that Prevent an Economic Upturn".

Speaker: 18 October 2012. University of Bergamo (Italy), the third Edition of the International Conference on “Labour Productivity and Investment in Human Capital: The Challenge of Youth Employment” with a presentation on “Implications of population ageing for the labour market”

Attended: 10 September 2012. Middlesex University Business School, the second International Conference on “Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work in a Changing World”

Attended: 10-11 June 2010. “S.I.D.I.” The annual conference on the protection of fundamental rights: Charter of Fundamental Rights U.E. and International Standards.