Grant success: A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution

Issued: Wed, 08 May 2013 12:18:00 BST

Chris Thornhill has been awarded a  European Research Council Advanced Research Grant for over 1,200,000 EUROS for the research project: A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution.

This project examines the societal pressures that shape the changing patterns of contemporary constitutionalism. In particular, it analyzes the rise of a transnational judicial constitution: that is, of a legal order, overarching national boundaries, in which, at different levels, judicial actors assume unprecedented authority to shape and conduct legislation. It is designed to produce the first macro-sociological explanation of the changing constitutional form of contemporary democracy, and it develops a unique sociological methodology for assessing the rise of transnational norms and transnational judicial power.

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