Tommaso Pavone

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Phone +47 22859469
Visiting address Kristian Augusts gate 17 Domus Juridica 7.etg 0164 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo

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Background & Interests

Tommaso Pavone is Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo. 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. Beginning in August 2021, he will be Assistant Professor of Law and Politics in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona.

His comparative research probes the sometimes concealed and occasionally contentious politics through which judges and lawyers advance social and policy change, often across national borders. His book project under contract with Cambridge University Press - titled The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe - reconstructs how entrepreneurial lawyers encouraged deliberate law-breaking and mobilized national courts against their own governments to promote European integration and the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This project was supported by over $35,000 in competitive grants, including from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and has won three major prizes from the Law and Society Association (LSA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Tommaso's research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including World Politics, Law & Society Review, Journal of Law & Courts, Journal of European Public Policy, European Law Journal, European Constitutional Law ReviewFrench Politics, and Constitutional Studies. His teaching experience spans courses in comparative politics, judicial politics, constitutional law, and qualitative research methods.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University (Politics, 2019)
  • M.A., Princeton University (Politics, 2015)
  • M.A., University of Chicago (Social Sciences, 2012)
  • B.A. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Public Policy, 2010)


Book Project

  • Pavone, Tommaso. In progress. The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

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

Book Chapters, Law Review Articles, & Other Publications

  • Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2021). "Selecting Cases for Comparative Sequential Analysis: Novel Uses for Old Methods." In The Case for Case Studies, Woolcock, Widner, & Ortega-Nieto, eds. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2021). “‘In this Bureaucratic Silence EU Law Dies’: Fieldwork and the (Non)-Practice of EU law in National Courts." In Researching the European Court of Justice, Nicola, Vauchez, & Madsen, eds. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2020). “Like Oil Floating on Water: Italy’s Olive Crisis and the Politics of Backlash against Transnational Legal Orders." FIU Law Review 14.
  • Pavone, Tommaso, Kelemen, R. Daniel, & Cassandra Emmons. 2019. “The Perils of Passivity in the Rule of Law Crisis: A Response to von Bogdandy." Verfassungsblog, Nov. 26.
  • Pavone, Tommaso. 2019. "Review of "EU Law Stories: Contextual & Critical Histories in European Jurisprudence," Nicola & Davies, eds." American Journal of Comparative Law 67 (3): 931-935.
  • Pavone, Tommaso. 2017. "Il Diritto dell'Unione Europea e l'Analisi Sociologica del Rinvio Pregiudiziale in Italia." Rivista Trimestrale Degli Appalti 14 (2): 431-452. [English translation: "European Union Law and the Sociological Analysis of the Preliminary Reference Procedure in Italy."]

Courses taught

  • Constitutional Difficulties in the Age of Trump (Spring 2019, Princeton University, undergraduate course)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (Spring 2018, Princeton University, undergraduate course)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016, Princeton University, undergraduate course)
  • Judicial Politics (Spring 2016, Princeton University, Undergraduate Course)

Selected Awards

  • Best Dissertation Prize, Law and Society Association (LSA)
  • Edward Corwin Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Honorable Mention, Ernst Haas Dissertation Award, APSA
  • Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies (PIIRS) Graduate Fellowship, 2018-2019 
  • U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2016-2017
  • Wilson Best Paper Award from the French Politics Group of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2017
Tags: comparative politics, CJEU, performance, legitimacy, litigation, comparative law


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  • Pavone, Tommaso (2020). Review of "EU Law Stories: Contextual and Critical Histories of European Jurisprudence". The American journal of comparative law. ISSN 0002-919X. 68(1). doi: 10.1093/ajcl/avz021
  • Pavone, Tommaso; Kelemen, R. Daniel & Emmons, Cassandra (2019). The Perils of Passivity in the Rule of Law Crisis: A Response to von Bogdandy. Verfassungsblog. ISSN 2366-7044. doi: 10.17176/20191126-122058-0

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