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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„Conflict Resolution in the European Monetary Union: Between Expertise and Democratization"

4. Meeting of the Working Group "Structural Change of Conflict Resolution in Europe"

May 11th, 2018

The interdisciplinary working group "Structural change of conflict resolution in Europe" has met at the Max-Planck-Institut for comparative public law and international law" in Heidelberg on 3-4 May. A primary focus was the simultaneity of processes of politicization (on the level of civil society) and technocratization (on the level of the European institutional setting), which was discussed as a field of tension between expertise and democratization. The meeting particularly benefited from the insightful guest lectures of Astrid Séville, Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg and Guido Thiemeyer. Astrid Séville  focused on technocratization as a crisis strategy; Christian Thiemeyer gave a talk on the disparate perceptions of the Eurozone crisis by German economists; Guido Thiemeyer presented his research on the role of experts in historical monetary unions. 

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