Workshop ‘Populism, Non-State Actors and Legal Mobilization in Europe’

Date: 22nd of March 2023  Location: European University Institute, Florence  Organizers: Karolina Kocemba (European University Institute), Michał Stambulski (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Since the populist rise (especially in Central and Eastern European countries), scholars focusing on human rights and EU law have used the terms such as ‘rule of law crisis’, ‘human rights backlash’ or ‘democratic backsliding.’ Despite these terms primarily referring to policies and rhetoric carried out by populist governments, there are more actors than just populist parties involved in and responding to current development in Europe. On one hand, right-wing and fundamentalist organizations use legal mobilization to challenge human rights and European standards. Those organization with the support of populist governments are seeking social change through extensive usage of legal norms, discourse, or symbols. Therefore, institutions such as constitutional courts and constitutional litigation, designed to protect liberal rights and freedoms, are used to restrict them. Right-wing organizations learned how to use legal actions and tools, sometimes even more efficiently than liberal and human rights organizations that mastered these tools in the last decades. On the other hand, their effectiveness spurs the activities of liberal, rule-of-law-oriented legal (academic and judicial) organizations. Previously rather abstract categories like ‘constitution’ and ‘rule of law’ are becoming political ideas capable of mobilizing protest. In the middle of this we also have the EU institutions responding to the populist and nationalist challenge by seeking to close its democratic deficit and mobilize European political citizenship. During the workshop, using both empirically and theoretical oriented papers, we would like to address the following questions:
  • what are the legal and political criteria that distinguish ‘correct’ and ‘unacceptable’ legal mobilization,
  • how populism facilitates legal mobilization,
  • what role non-state actors play in populist regimes and what legal tools they use,
  • what is the mobilization potential of European institutions, law, and academia,
  • what factors constitute the effectiveness of mobilization through the law. 
Registration and full programme are available here

Gendered Dynamics of Environmental Crime

On Wednesday 21 September 2022, the seminar “Environmental Crime & Gender” took place in Malaga, Spain. This one-day event explored the varied intersections of environmental crime and gender with the aim of sharing knowledge with the criminological community and inspiring new research and collaborations. Since 2012, green criminologists from around the world have been organising this (bi)yearly seminar that focuses on different aspects of environmental crime, with the aim of pushing green criminological scholarship further by bridging (sub)disciplinary boundaries, but also by bringing together junior and senior scholars as well as practitioners to learn from each other. For more information about this seminar click here

Call for Papers: ‘SUMMER ACADEMY Law and Political Economy in Europe’

The Law and Political Economy (LPE) in Europe Network invites applications for its first Summer Academy, which will be held at Erasmus University Rotterdam, between the 27th and the 29th of June 2023.

LPE in Europe is a movement of legal scholarship and praxis that seeks to show how law contributes to the social, economic, and ecological crises that we face, and how it could become a tool in addressing them. In this intensive 3-day Summer Academy, successful applicants will join an international Faculty of leading researchers working in the field of LPE studies for a series of writing workshops; masterclasses on core LPE topics, including on teaching LPE; roundtable discussions; sessions on publication strategies, with the support of the journals European Law Open and Journal of Law and Political Economy; networking opportunities, and social activities. We particularly encourage applications from researchers at the doctoral and early career stages.

Key areas of focus for the Academy are those that correspond to the crises currently impacting society, including those relating to the energy transition, housing, and the food system, as well as on the role of social rights, constitutions, and economic governance. However, we invite applications from researchers working on any theme connected to LPE research within and beyond Europe, including contributions from researchers working on the international and transnational arenas.

In order to apply for a place, applicants should submit a 500-word abstract outlining the longer paper (6,000-8,000 words) that they would propose to submit for the writing workshops, and a 2-page CV. Writing workshops will be convened by members of the Faculty, and all participants will be expected to read and comment on the work of their peers.

Participation in the Academy is funded thanks to the generous support of Partners for a New Economy and the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity. Travel, accommodation expenses, and catering will be covered by the Academy organisers, subject to budgetary constraints.

Applications should be submitted by Monday 6th March 2023 to

Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks.


  • Professor Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Dr. Vladimir Bogoeski (University of Amsterdam)
  • Professor Emilios Christodoulidis (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. Eliana Cusato (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Anna Chadwick (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. Klaas Eller (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Marco Goldoni (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. Ioannis Kampourakis (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Professor Poul Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Dr. Lys Kulamadayil (Geneva Graduate Institute)
  • Dr. Andrea Leiter (University of Amsterdam)
  • Professor Athena Mutua (University at Buffalo)
  • Dr. Phillip Paiement (Tilburg University)
  • Professor René Repasi (Erasmus University Rotterdam, European Parliament)
  • Dr. Javier Solana (University of Glasgow)
  • Professor Sanne Taekema (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Dr. Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University)

If you have any questions about the Academy or the application process, please contact one of the Organisers, Anna Chadwick ( or Ioannis Kampourakis (

Call for Papers: ‘Digital Technologies, Public Policy and Competition Law’

On 1 and 2 June 2023, the “Digital Technologies, Public Policy and Competition Law” conference will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in the framework of Law Sector Plan Rebalancing Public and Private Interests (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Law Sector Plan Digital Legal Studies (Tilburg University). 

Junior and senior competition (law) scholars are invited to present their contributions on whether and how EU competition law can tackle the growing power of digital technologies in relation to various public policy objectives, while balancing public and private interests accordingly. The deadline to submit extended abstracts is 27 February 2023. For more information, click here.

Dr. Ioannis Kampourakis, awarded grant by Partners for a New Economy

Dr Ioannis Kampourakis and Dr Anna Chadwick (University of Glasgow) were awarded a grant of €193,000 by Partners for a New Economy to develop the Law and Political Economy in Europe network. ‘Law and Political Economy in Europe’ will constitute a platform for academics, practitioners, and activists seeking to highlight and challenge the distributive effects of legal regimes, to use the law as an instrument for social transformation, and to engage in institutional imagination for the construction of a more democratic political economy. A number of events are already planned, including a Training Workshop on Strategic Litigation in Spring 2023 and a Summer Academy at the end of June 2023 – both taking place at Erasmus School of Law.

Third call for applications for the Small Grants Scheme of the sector plan of Erasmus School of Law opened!

The call is open to ESL researchers planning activities such as, collecting or generating data, organising an event or workshop, or applying for a competitive grant that is relevant to the sector plan objectives and opens on 15 December 2022 and closes on 15 March 2023. E-mail for more information. 

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