Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Whither Europe?

Introduction to volume ‘The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers’ now available online

Abstract: 'The idea of the separation of powers has been subjected to criticism and competition ever since it first came to be during the upheaval of the English Civil War. In recent years the case has once again been stated that the idea of the separation of powers has lost its significance in a globalised… Continue reading Introduction to volume ‘The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers’ now available online

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Dutch Politics, Whither Europe?

Co-editor and co-author, volume The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers. A Leiden Response to Möllers (2015)

'Both democratic legitimacy and the separation of powers as concepts have very much evolved alongside the state and over the last decades the state has been giving up ground to other power holders, particularly international (and even supranational) actors. This brings up the question of whether the combination of these concepts is still viable outside… Continue reading Co-editor and co-author, volume The Powers That Be. Rethinking the Separation of Powers. A Leiden Response to Möllers (2015)

Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Whither Europe?

Blogpost ‘The European Parliament as Benchmark of Transconstitutionalism’ (2014)

The European Parliament is sometimes criticised as being weak compared to national parliaments, while the executive it is supposed to check is not as well-defined an antagonist as in national systems. Read here why viewing the European Union (EU) through this state-centred lens seems neither fitting nor fair: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/the-european-parliament-as-benchmark-of-transconstitutionalism.

Law and Religion, Whither Europe?

New post at Leiden Law Blog: No More Promised Land Waiting at the End of the Road for EU?

On 18 March 2012 I wrote a post on a new essay by Joseph Weiler on Europe as 'political messianism'. The essay is also referred to in an article which appeared today on Leiden Law Blog: http://leidenlawblog.nl/articles/no-more-promised-land-waiting-at-the-end-of-the-road-for-eu. Have a look at this new blog of Leiden Law School, and check out the post which concludes as follows:'In sum, whether one… Continue reading New post at Leiden Law Blog: No More Promised Land Waiting at the End of the Road for EU?