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Dumbrovsky, Tomas

Senior Researcher and Associate Professor

Charles University Prague, Centre for Comparative Law, Czech Republic


Czech Republic

Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

Charles University, Czech Republic


My research interests include European law and comparative constitutional law, European decision-making processes, and the judicialization of governance. I have also been involved in European private law projects ranging from torts to antitrust matters.

In my dissertation, I examined the way interactions among constitutional courts in the European Union shaped the content of the common European constitution and how such practices gain normativity as well as democratic legitimacy. Special attention was paid to the impact of the Eastern Enlargement of the EU and the role of new Member States’ courts in the common enterprise.

Since 2005 I have worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. I was granted an Assistant Professor position in 2012. The courses I have taught include European constitutional law and European private law.

Currently, I am a Visiting Researcher at the Yale Law School, from where I also received my LL.M. degree in 2011. In addition to legal studies, I have studied political sciences (B.A. 2002) and international relations (M.A. 2007) in Prague and Athens. I have spent some time as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan Law School and the Max-Planck Institute in Heidelberg.

In my current research, I am concerned with the constitutional dimension of the present European financial and sovereign debt crisis, which I consider a result of the failed constitutional transformation of the EU. I aim to identify the causes behind that failure and develop a model of constitutional transformation that would promise an increase in public deliberation on fundamental constitutional matters in the EU.
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