About Vlad Perju
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 jurisprudence.
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. Some of his commentary can be found here (in English) and here (in Romanian).
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.
- Fall 2016: European Union Law, European Union Moot Court Team
- Spring 2017: Modern Legal Theory
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Works in Progress (2)
New Governance and Rights-Claims Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2011)
I. Ideas as catalysts: Rights and the struggle for recognition of persons with disabilities II. Strategic and communicative components of rights-claims III. Two conceptions of responsiveness: An excursus into constitutional theory Conclusion: The not-so-strange alchemy ...
The Romanian Double Executive and the 2012 Constitutional Crisis International Journal of Constitutional Law (2015)
This paper analyzes the constitutional events in the summer of 2012 when Romania experienced the deepest constitutional crisis in the country’s post-communist history. It discusses the implications of these events for semi-presidentialism, a regime that ...
Cosmopolitanism in Constitutional Law Cardozo Law Review (2013)
This article draws on the tradition of cosmopolitanism to offer a normative framework for the integration of democratic constitutional systems. The laterally conducted constitutional integration, which takes place outside formal institutional settings, remains under-theorized despite ...
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. Sajo, eds., 2012), explores the borrowing and migration of constitutional ideas and institutions across jurisdictions. Despite the fact that comparative ...
Proportionality and Freedom -- An Essay on Method in Constitutional Law Journal of Global Constitutionalism (Glob-Con) (2012)
This Article presents a functional explanation of recent developments regarding the method of constitutional interpretation in legal systems around the world. Described as “the most successful legal transplant of the twentieth century” and “a foundational ...
Impairment, Discrimination, and the Legal Construction of Disability in the European Union and the United States Cornell International Law Journal (2011)
This Article is a comparative study of disability regulations in the European Union and the United States over the past four decades. It explores how a conception of the relationship between illness, impairment and discrimination ...
Cosmopolitanism and Constitutional Self-Government International Journal of Constitutional Law (2010)
This paper, which was selected for presentation at the 2010 Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum, articulates the theoretical steps by which self-government in a free community of equals leads constitutional analysis outside the boundaries of that ...
Reason and Authority in the European Court of Justice Virginia Journal of International Law (2009)
This Article makes the case for a discursive turn in European law. Contrary to the prevailing view, politicizing the judicial discourse of the European Court of Justice would strengthen, more than undermine, the Court's authority. ...