I work in the fields of comparative law and politics, and international law and
politics. I am interested in how rule systems emerge and evolve over time, with what
consequences for human society. Most of my research approaches this generic question
through focusing on how new legal systems develop, and older ones change. The best
introduction is "Judicialization and the Construction of Governance" (written
in 1996 and finally published in 1999), available below. 

Book include The Birth of Judicial Politics in France (OUP, 1992), European Integration
and Supranational Governance (OUP, 1998), Governing with Judges: Constitutional Politics
in Europe (OUP, 2000), The Institutionalization of Europe (OUP, 2001), The Politics of
Delegation (2002), On Law, Politics, and Judicialization (OUP, 2003), The Judicial
Construction of Europe (OUP, 2004), and A Europe of Rights: The Impact of the ECHR on
National Legal Systems (OUP, 2008). 

Current projects include two books: Constitutionalism and Judicial Power: A Comparative
and Global Approach (OUP); The Judicialization of International Arbitration (OUP). 

One major strain of my work is the attempt to develop a comparative social science of
judicial politics; the book, On Law, Politics and Judicialization (OUP, 2002),
co-authored with Martin Shapiro, provides an overview. The research is typically designed
to develop theory or to test hypotheses derived from causal theory. As in my book, The
Judicial Construction of Europe (OUP, 2004), I blend quantitative methods, case studies,
process tracing, and doctrinal analysis, as appropriate. Thus, some of the pieces
available below are also classified under the rubric, "empirical legal
studies." 

Data Sets on Litigating EU Law are available at:
http://www.eu-newgov.org/datalists/deliverables_detail.asp?Project_ID=26. Since 1996,
scholars have used these data in a wide variety of research projects, including doctoral
dissertations, books, and articles in economics, law, sociology, and political science.
The Living Review in EU Governance paper, "The European Court of Justice and the
Judicialization of EU Governance" (2010) provides a critical survey of empirical
research on the EU's legal system; published on-line at:
http://europeangovernance.livingreviews.org/Articles/lreg-2010-2/. 

My faculty page at the Yale Law School: http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/stonesweet.htm 

My Homepage: http://islandia.law.yale.edu/alecstonesweet/index.html 

Myspace music (for info on my recordings and samples of the music):
http://www.myspace.com/alecstonesweet 

For lovers of petanque, see my writings at: http://www.labouleny.com/. 

1. Recent Papers

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Proportionality, General Principles of Law, and Investor-State Arbitration: A Response to Jose Alvarez, Forthcoming, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (2014)
 

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The Structure of Constitutional Pluralism, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)
 

2. General

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Proportionality Balancing and Global Constitutionalism (with Jud Mathews), Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2008)
 

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Theory and Practice of Delegation to Non-Majoritarian Institutions (with Mark Thatcher), West European Politics (2002)
 

3. Comparative Constitutional Law

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The Structure of Constitutional Pluralism, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)
 

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Constitutional Courts, Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012)
 

4. European Integration and the Court of Justice

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The Structure of Constitutional Pluralism, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)
 

5. The European Convention on Human Rights

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The Structure of Constitutional Pluralism, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)
 

6. International Relations and Organization

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Proportionality, General Principles of Law, and Investor-State Arbitration: A Response to Jose Alvarez, Forthcoming, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (2014)
 

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The Structure of Constitutional Pluralism, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)
 

7. Lex Mercatoria, Arbitration, Private Transnational Governance

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Proportionality, General Principles of Law, and Investor-State Arbitration: A Response to Jose Alvarez, Forthcoming, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (2014)
 

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Investor-State Arbitration: Proportionality's New Frontier, Law and Ethics of Human Rights (2010)
 

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L’Arbitrage International: Du Contrat Dyadique au Système Normatif (with Florian Grisel), Archives de la Philosophie de Droit (2009)
 

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The New Lex Mercatoria and Transnational Governance, Journal of European Public Policy (2006)
 

8. Empirical Legal Studies

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Constructing Markets and Polities: An Institutionalist Account of European Integration (with Neil Fligstein), American Journal of Sociology (2002)