Tommaso Pavone

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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30A Floor UE 0373 Oslo
Postal address ARENA Centre for European Studies P.O. Box 1143 Blindern N-0318 Oslo NORWAY

Academic interests

Tommaso Pavone's comparative research probes the often concealed - and occasionally contentious - politics through which judges and lawyers shape political development and advance social change, as well as the politics of rule of law (non-)enforcement in the European Union (EU). He is also interested in qualitative research methods, including process-tracing, comparative case studies, fieldwork and interviewing methods.


Tommaso Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Law and Politics in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona and Visiting Researcher at the ARENA Center for European Studies at the University of Oslo, affiliated with the project ENROL - Enforcing the Rule of Law: What can the European Union do to prevent rule-of-law deterioration from within?. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics, judicial politics, and law and society, with a regional focus on the European Union (EU). His new book - The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2022) -  has been praised as a “profoundly important book,” “a tour de force,” “the most important book on European legal integration in decades,” and has won four major social science awards from the Law and Society Association (LSA), the American Political Science Association (APSA), and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA). His research has also been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as American Political Science Review, World Politics, Law & Society Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Law & Courts, European Law Journal, European Constitutional Law Review, and Constitutional Studies. His research has also been covered by high-profile press outlets such as The New York Times and Politico.

Selected publications

Pavone, Tommaso. 2022. The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe. Cambridge University Press.

Tommaso Pavone and Oyvind Stiansen. 2022. “The Shadow Effect of Courts: Judicial Review and the Politics of Preemptive Reform." American Political Science Review 116 (1): 322-336. 

Emmons, Cassandra, and Tommaso Pavone. 2021. “The Rhetoric of Inaction: Failing to Fail Forward in the EU Rule of Law Crisis." Journal of European Public Policy 28 (10): 1611-1629.

Pavone, Tommaso. 2020. “Putting European Constitutionalism in its Place: The Spatial Foundations of the Judicial Construction of Europe." European Constitutional Law Review 16 (4): 669-690.

Pavone, Tommaso. 2020. “Lawyers, Judges, and the Obstinate State: The French Case and an Agenda for Comparative Politics." French Politics 18 (4): 416-432.

Pavone, Tommaso and R. Daniel Kelemen. 2019. “The Evolving Judicial Politics of European Integration: The European Court of Justice and National Courts Revisited.” European Law Journal 25 (4): 352-373.

Pavone, Tommaso. 2019. “From Marx to Market: Lawyers, European Law, and the Contentious Transformation of the Port of Genoa." Law & Society Review 53 (3): 851-888.

Kelemen, R. Daniel, and Tommaso Pavone. 2018. “The Political Geography of Legal Integration: Visualizing Institutional Change in the European Union.” World Politics 70 (3): 358-397.

Pavone, Tommaso. 2018. “Revisiting Judicial Empowerment in the European Union: Limits of Empowerment, Logics of Resistance." Journal of Law & Courts 6 (2): 303-331.

Kelemen, R. Daniel, and Tommaso Pavone. 2016. “Mapping European Law." Journal of European Public Policy 23 (8): 1118-1138.

Pavone, Tommaso. 2016. “Democracy by Lawsuit: Or, Can Litigation Alleviate the EU’s “Democratic Deficit?”" Constitutional Studies 2: 59-80.

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