A graduate of La Sorbonne Law School with a double major in private and public law, Vanessa Abballe specialized both in international private law and European law. Following her law degree, she obtained a Master's in the theory and law of trial under the direction of Loic Cadiet at La Sorbonne Law School. With a strong knowledge of civil procedure, she passed the Paris bar and worked in a French law firm specializing in international law and project finance. In parallel, she completed a Master's in political science from Pantheon-Assas Paris II and worked as a congressional staffer at the French Parliament, during which time she participated in several congressional inquiries concerning legal reforms. Vanessa subsequently attended the University of Michigan where she obtained her LLM degree.
Following her LLM, Vanessa stayed at the University of Michigan as a research scholar and during this period, she was appointed as a Jean Monet Graduate Fellowship on issues of European integration, of the European Union Commission in collaboration with the European center studies of the University of Michigan focusing her research on the federal aspect of the vertical articulation of the interjurisdictional relations from a comparative point of view between the American and European systems.
Vanessa is now working on her PhD in Law under the co-direction of Professor Loic Cadiet from La Sorbonne Law School and Professor Robert Howse from the NYU Law School. Her research focuses on the comparative approaches of European law and American law, particularly concerning interstate private law. She has published several articles on the impact of the globalization of justice.
Her research during her stay at NYU focused on the impact of the expansion of the scope and the function of private international law in an environment of globalized justice and scrutinize the development of international and regional adjudicative authorities and their impact on the interjurisdictional interactions of international and domestic systems, demonstrating how the increasing overlapping of different levels of adjudicatory power requires the establishment of supranational procedural standards in order to maintain legal certainty, particularly considering the decline in influence of nation-states within the international arena.