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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    The Team

  • Prof. Dr. Anuscheh Farahat

    Prof. Dr. Farahat Anuscheh, LL.M. (Berkeley), leads an Emmy-Noether research group on the role of constitutional courts in transnational solidarity conflicts in Europe at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). She is also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.
  • Dr. Marius Hildebrand

    Dr. Marius Hildebrand is a habilitation candidate at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Erfurt and a member of the research group "Transnational Solidarity Conflicts" at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Marius Hildebrand studied political science, Romance studies and geography in Dresden, Granada and Freiburg and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Hamburg in 2016...
  • Teresa Violante

    Teresa Violante is a lawyer specialized in Constitutional Law. She is writing her PhD dissertation at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg and working as the Director of the Institute of the Global Rule of Law of the European Public Law. As a research fellow in the Emmy-Noether research group “Transnational Solidarity Conflicts” she examines the role of constitutional courts in such conflicts. She has studied in Coimbra, Utrecht, Padova, London and Lisbon...
  • Former Team Members

  • Kristina Schönfeldt

    Kristina Schönfeldt was a research assistant at the Institute for German, European and International Law at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (professorship of Prof. Dr. Anuscheh Farahat, LL.M.) and a legal trainee at the Higher Regional Court of Bamberg. She studied law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, the University of Oxford and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, specializing in "International and European Economic and Legal Relations"...
  • Katharina König

    Katharina König was a student assistant in the Emmy-Noether research group “Transnational Solidarity Conflicts”. She studied law at the University of Heidelberg since 2014 and completed a semester abroad at the KU Leuven in Belgium within the Erasmus programme ...

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