Aistė Mickonytė is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow in Central European Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. She is also Scientist at the Russian East European Eurasian Studies Centre of the University of Graz, Austria. After obtaining her law degree from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2012 she completed an LL.M. in European Business Law at Lund University, Sweden. In 2017 she acquired her doctorate in law from the University of Graz. In her doctoral thesis, she examined the interplay between European fundamental rights and EU competition law, focusing on the presumption of innocence. Her area of expertise encompasses European Union law with special focus on fundamental rights and freedoms as well as the Europeanization process in the CEE/CIS region. She is also managing editor of the Review of Central and East European Law and the book series Law in Eastern Europe.