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Dr Vesco Paskalev
Senior Lecturer in Law


Before joining Brunel in September 2019, Vesco Paskalev has been a lecturer at the University of Hull (2014-2019). Prior to this, he had been a researcher at EUDO Citizenship Observatory (now Global Citizenship Observatory) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy. He obtained his first law degree from Sofia University and then an LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University, Budapest. He has been visiting researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University (2003/4) and at the London School of Economics (2010) and obtained his PhD from European University Institute, Florence in 2013. His thesis studied the role of public reason and scientific argumentation in risk regulation and was awarded the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) second prize for a thesis on European Law.

Vesco has worked as an advisor to the Committee of European Integration of the Bulgarian parliament (2002-2005) and as an adjunct lecturer in EU law since 2005. He had a brief stint as a practicing lawyer (2005-2008) and returned to academia in 2008. He was actively engaged with the green movement in Bulgaria and still occasionally advises environmental NGOs and writes complaints to the European Commission and the European Ombudsman for infringements of EU law, most recently on the scandal with the employment of the former Commission President Barroso at Goldman Sachs.

Vesco’s fields of interest are deliberative democracy, civic republicanism, comparative constitutional law, European Union law, risk regulation and environmental law and policy. Adopting the perspective of the Science and Technology Studies (STS) he conceives legal regulation, public participation and scientific argumentation as mutually dependent and studies how each of them affects and is affected by the other two.


Fellow of Advance HE (formerly HEA)

PhD (European University Institute), 2013

LLM (Central European University), 2001

Master of Law (Sofia University), 1999

Newest selected publications

Paskalev, V. (2021) 'Is free movement of people subverting democracy in Europe? A hirschmanian hypothesis', in Mayr, S. and Orator, A. (eds.) Populism, Popular Sovereignty, and Public Reason. Berlin, Germany : Peter Lang. pp. 239 - 260. ISBN 10: 3631860145. ISBN 13: 9783631840832.

Book chapter

Paskalev, V. (2020) 'Implementation of the Pan-European General Principles of Good Administration in Bulgaria? It would be a really good idea', in Stelkens, U. and AndrijauskaitÄ—, A. (eds.) Good Administration and the Council of Europe: Law, Principles, and Effectiveness. Oxford : Oxford University Press. pp. 504 - 535. ISBN 10: 0-19-886153-2. ISBN 13: 978-0-19-886153-9. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Paskalev, V. (2020) 'The Clash of Scientific Assessors: What the Conflict over Glyphosate Carcinogenicity Tells Us about the Relationship between Law and Science'. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11 (3). pp. 520 - 538. ISSN: 1867-299X Open Access Link

Journal article

Paskalev, V. (2017) 'May science be with you: Can scientific expertise confer legitimacy to transnational authority?'. Transnational Legal Theory, 8 (2). pp. 202 - 223. ISSN: 2041-4005 Open Access Link

Journal article

Paskalev, V. (2015) 'GMO regulation in Europe: Undue delegation, abdication or design flaw?'. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 6 (4). pp. 573 - 578. ISSN: 1867-299X

Journal article
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