Professor Perju is the Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional
Democracy at Boston College and a tenured Associate Professor at Boston College Law
School. His primary research and teaching interests include the law of the European
Union, comparative constitutional law and theory, international and comparative law and

Before joining the Boston College faculty in 2007, Perju was awarded a doctorate from
Harvard Law School under the supervision of Professor Frank Michelman with a dissertation
entitled “The Province of Cosmopolitan Jurisprudence: Constitutional Foundations”. He
earned two law degrees from the University of Bucharest and the University of Paris 1
Panthéon-Sorbonne, an LLM degree summa cum laude from the European Academy of Legal
Theory in Brussels, Belgium and graduated from the LL.M. program at Harvard (degree
waived). While at Harvard, he served as a Byse Fellow, a Safra Fellow at the Edmond J.
Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and a Research Fellow in Amartya Sen’s Project on
Justice, Welfare and Economics. 

Perju was a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard Law School in the Fall Term 2011 and
a Visiting Professor of the Theory of the State at the European Academy of Legal Theory
in Brussels, Belgium. 

Perju was awarded the 2009 Ius Commune Prize for his article entitled "Reason and
Authority in the European Court of Justice" (49 Virginia Journal of International
Law 307). His paper "Cosmopolitanism and Constitutional Self-Government" was
selected for presentation at the 2010 Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. In the Fall
2009, Professor Perju was a research fellow at NYU Law School. He has been an affiliate
of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University since the
Spring 2010. 

In 2008 Professor Perju was appointed by the President of Romania to a seven-member
Commission on Constitution Reform. He remains actively involved in the process of
constitutional reform both in Romania as well as in the European Union. 

At Boston College, he teaches courses in the Law of the European Union, American and
Comparative Constitutional Law, The Past and Future of the State, as well as advanced
seminars on European Integration and Modern Legal Theory. 



Cosmopolitanism in Constitutional Law, Cardozo Law Review (2013)

This article draws on the tradition of cosmopolitanism to offer a normative framework for the...



International Constitutionalism and the State: A Reply to Aoife O'Donoghue, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013)


Separating Law and Politics in Romania (with Kim Lane Scheppele), New York Times (2012)


Law's Republics, Harvard Law Review Forum (2012)

This paper was delivered as a Provocation at a Symposium in Honor of Professor Frank...



Constitutional Transplants, Borrowing, and Migrations, Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Eds. M. Rosenfeld & A. Sajo (2012)

This paper, published in the Oxford Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (M. Rosenfeld & A....


Works in Progress


New Governance and Rights-Claims, in Philippe Reyniers and Karolina Podstawa (eds.), Courts and New Governance: Towards Experimentalist Jurisprudence, forthcoming Hart Publishing (2012)

I. Ideas as catalysts: Rights and the struggle for recognition of persons with disabilities



Selected Professional Activities

The Romanian Constitutional Crisis, Visiting Scholars Colloquium, Harvard Center for European Studies (2014)
Constitutional Coup, Interrupted: Tales from a Romanian Summer, I-CON Symposium on Constitutionalism in Central and Eastern Europe (2013)
Moderator: "Law and Development after the Financial Crisis: Beyond the Washington Consensus", Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School (2013)
Romania's Constitutional Crisis, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2012)