Tommaso Pavone

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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 August 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.

His comparative research probes the often concealed - and occasionally contentious - politics through which judges and lawyers advance social and policy change across national borders. His ongoing book project - 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).

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, 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. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • 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.
  • 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."]
  • 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 & Book Reviews

  • Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2019). "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 (2019). "Review of "EU Law Stories: Cotnextual & Critical Histories in European Jurisprudence," Nicola & Davies, eds." American Journal of Comparative Law.

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

  • 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, strategic litigation, comparative law
Published Sep. 12, 2019 1:51 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2019 11:09 AM