I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for European Research (CERGU). I received my PhD from the University of Cologne in December 2012 and spent two years as a lecturer in European Union politics there before joining the department here in Gothenburg in February 2015.
My primary research interest is the role of courts in political processes and judicial procedures as a mode of producing political outcomes. In the past, this interest has mainly focussed on the European Court of Justice, the highest court of the European Union. In my doctoral research I have studied in particular how the European Commission can achieve policy goals through litigation that it could not achieve through legislation. You can download my dissertation here.
My current research interest are interest groups and social movements that are involved in court proceedings at the national and EU level. In particular, I am interested in how such groups mobilise around a court case. My assumption is that engaging in legal action significantly changes the dynamics of a political conflict to the advantage of well organised and funded groups. At the same time, legal strategies are very diverse, and interest groups can make up for lack of funds through other means of mobilisation. In my current research project I look at several types of political conflict in Sweden (about mining, hunting and labour relations) where interest groups have initiated or otherwise been involved in court proceedings and study their mobilisations efforts around these cases.
My teaching has covered many aspects of European Union politics, with a special emphasis on its political system, integration theory, and the political economy of the Eurozone.
Please find a list of publications here.
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