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Petkova, Bilyana

Full Professor of Law and Society in the Digital Age

University of Graz, Austria


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

University of Kent at Brussels, Belgium


I conducted my PhD project in International Relations at the University of Kent (Brussels campus) from 2009 until 2013, after which I completed an MA in Studies of Law at the Yale Law School.
In my dissertation I compared the legitimacy models of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. In particular, I examined the use of comparative law, the influence of third parties and the appointment processes at the two courts as different avenues for establishing judicial legitimacy through discursiveness. Based on my PhD thesis, I have published articles and book chapters in the Common Market Law Review, the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, as well as with Oxford University Press, Routledge, Edward Elgar and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
While at Yale, I was a research assistant for the Global Constitutional Law Seminar and taught courses at the Yale Young Global Scholars summer school. In Brussels, I have led seminars on European Law and European Public Policy.
In 2014-2015 I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Jean Monnet Center of New York University. At the NYU I started to research data privacy as a case study of federalism in the United States and the European Union, focusing on the impact of regulatory experimentation and horizontal adaptation in the public and private sectors.
My research at the EUI continues this project; the first results were presented at the 8th Annual Privacy Research Scholars Conference at Berkeley Law where my paper won a Young Scholars Award. In October 2015, I am co-organizing a conference on ‘Federalism and Fundamental Rights: Europe and the United States Compared’ at the Yale Law School where I am currently affiliated as a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project.
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