Posted on 14 June 2019
The EUI has bestowed Doctoris Honoris Causa degrees on two distinguished academics, legal scholar Christine Chinkin and economist Per Krusell, at this year’s Conferring Ceremony, held today in the Badia Fiesolana on Friday 14 June.
Professor Christine Chinkin, FBA, CMG, is a Professorial Research Fellow and Founding Director at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics and Political Science, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan and a member of the Bar of England and Wales and Matrix Chambers. She worked as scientific adviser to the Council of Europe committee for the drafting of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), and was a member of the Human Rights Advisory Panel in Kosovo for six years. She has participated in litigation before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law in the EUI’s Department of Law, delivered a laudatio at the Conferring Ceremony about Professor Chinkin. Scott writes ‘A pioneer in the field of international human rights law, Christine Chinkin’s work – as both academic and activist – has been directed towards recognition and furtherance of women’s human rights.’
Professor Per Krusell is Professor of Economics at Stockholm University (with the Savings Banks Foundations and Swedbank Chair in Macroeconomics). He is also Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, as well as holding positions at the Centre for Macroeconomics, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Centro de Análisis y Estudios Rios Pérez and the Rochester Center for Economic Research.
Krusell’s research has focused on macroeconomics, with particular contributions in the areas of technological change, inequality, political economy, macroeconomic policy, and labour economics. He is currently pursuing a long-term project on the interactions between global climate change and the economy.
In his laudatio for Professor Krusell, Árpád Ábrahám, Professor of Macroeconomics in the Department of Law, praised Krusell for having ‘developed new methods for tackling some of the most important socioeconomic issues of our times, such as inequality, climate change, and the politics of taxation’. He also acknowledges his work as a teacher and an advisor, noting that ‘his students represent several new generations of economists across the globe. As the European University Institute is deeply committed both to being on the frontier of research in social sciences and to supporting doctoral education, Professor Per Krusell stands as a role model for all of us.’