The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe

Date & Time Oct 28 2022 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Location TBD
Tommaso Pavone
Audience Restricted to Princeton University


Tommaso Pavone is Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona and Visiting Researcher at the ARENA Center at the University of Oslo. His research interests span comparative politics, law and society, and judicial politics, tracing how lawyers and courts impact processes of political development, social change, and rule of law enforcement in the European Union (EU). His new book with Cambridge University Press – The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe – reconstructs how entrepreneurial lawyers promoted the development of the EU by encouraging clients to break non-compliant state laws and mobilizing national courts against their own governments. The book has been praised as “the most important book on European legal integration in decades” and a “stunning achievement” (in reviews by Mark Pollack and Charles Epp) and won four prizes from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Law and Society Association (LSA), and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA). Pavone’s broader research agenda has produced seventeen scholarly publications, including in leading peer-reviewed journals like the American Political Science Review, World PoliticsLaw & Society ReviewJournal of European Public Policy, and Journal of Law & Courts. It has also been covered in high-profile outlets such as The New York TimesPolitico, the European Parliament, and the European Commission. Pavone holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. 


Organized by the EU Program, co-sponsored by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of The Paul S. Sarbanes ’54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service