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
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:
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):
For lovers of petanque, see my writings at: http://www.labouleny.com/.
1. Recent Papers
3. Comparative Constitutional Law
4. European Integration and the Court of Justice
5. The European Convention on Human Rights
6. International Relations and Organization
7. Lex Mercatoria, Arbitration, Private Transnational Governance
8. Empirical Legal Studies