Constitutional courts and transnational solidarity conflicts

The research project reconstructs conflicts over distribution and recognition within the EU, which have intensified during the Eurozone-crisis, as transnational solidarity conflicts. It analyzes particularly the role national and European constitutional courts play in these conflicts.

Conflict and conflict resolution

The Eurozone crisis is accompanied by a politicization of European governance. Transnational solidarity conflicts, which were pacified for a long time within the paradigm of a permissive consensus, have now developed a new quality. The tsc-project analyzes how these conflicts might be articulated and if constitutional courts may resolve them productively.

Research material

The research projects deals with the role of constitutional and apex courts in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as on the EU-level. It analyzes more than 100 judgements with regard to their management of transnational solidarity conflicts in the context of the Eurozone crisis.

Research aims

The tsc-project pursues three research aims: (1) to describe the dynamics of transnational solidarity conflicts and the institutional possibilities of their articulation; (2) to understand the consequences of tsc in the deep structures of national constitutional law; (3) to provide a normative yardstick for the role of constitutional courts in tsc.


The research project is affiliated at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and will be conducted in an intensive collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. It was launched on the 1st of March 2017 and is scheduled for five years.
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"Structural change of conflict resolution in Europe"

Third meeting of the working group

Jun 26th, 2017

The interdisciplinary working group “structural change of conflict resolution in Europe” met on  18-19 May at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. A primary focus were the multiple conflicts that manifested and intensified during the European economic and financial crisis. The group especially discussed the emergence of the European competition policy, the changes of socioeconomic conflict constellations through the European integration process, ‘integrative’ and ‘non-integrative’ conflicts, and political and judicial forms of conflict regulation as well as the general role of experts in modern societies and their specific function within the European Union.

The meeting particularly benefited from the insightful guest lectures of Brigitte Leucht (University of Portsmouth) and Florian Rödl (Free University of Berlin). Leucht spoke about the importance of transnational networks for the emergence of the European competition regime; Rödl focused on the changes of conflict constellations and highlighted the loss of power workers’ unions witnessed through the European integration process.

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