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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"Contesting Austerity. A Socio-legal Inquiry into Resistance to Austerity"

Workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Jun 18th, 2019

On 6 and 7 June, the interdisciplinary workshop “Contesting Austerity. A Socio-legal Inquiry into Resistance to Austerity“ that we had conceived together with Xabier Arzoz, from the University of the Basque Country, has taken place at the Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law. Over twenty European scholars have dealt with the political, societal and judicial implications of the eurozone crisis and the diverse modes of contesting austerity. On the one hand, the conference reflected upon the transformation of decision-making structures adopted to cope with the Eurozone crisis, featuring technocratization and depoliticization of institutionalized democratic processes. On the other hand, we discussed institutional fora and actors of resistance against these expert-based regimes such as national and European courts, as well as civil society actors, including unions and new social movements. 

At this point, we would also like to thank the staff of the Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law. Our conference did not only profit from the inspiring architecture of a Siglo de Oro law school building, but also from the invaluable logistic support in the organization of the workshop. 


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