Dr Julian Scholtes
- Lecturer in Public Law (School of Law)
I joined the Law School as a Lecturer in Public Law in Fall 2022. Before that, I was a Lecturer in EU and Public Law at Newcastle University (2021-2022) and a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2017-2022). I have obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Edinburgh (2016) and completed my undergraduate studies in Maastricht (NL) and Ankara (Turkey).
My research interests lie primarily in the areas of comparative constitutional law, EU constitutional law, and constitutional theory. I am particularly interested in the ways in which European constitutionalism in increasingly challenged, shaped, and irritated by the rise of 'populist' and 'illiberal' constitutional agendas and imaginaries. My doctoral research dealt with the abuse of constitutional identity arguments in the European legal order and the terms of engagement between illiberal constitutional discourse and the 'constitutional pluralism' that characterises the European constitutional space. My dissertation was awarded the European University Institute's 2023 Mauro Cappelletti Prize. A monograph based on the dissertation, titled The Abuse of Constitutional Identity in the European Union, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2023.
Beyond constitutional identity, my research interests have increasingly included the juridification of values in the European legal order as well as the discursive construction of a form of "European constitutionalism". I am particularly interested in how the legacies of democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe continue to define and shape our ideas of European constitutionalism more generally.
Law and Government
Constitutionalism in the European Union