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Residency Dates: September 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (Virtual)


Vlad Perju

Vlad Perju is a professor of law at Boston College Law School and director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College.

Perju has published extensively in the fields of comparative, U.S. and EU constitutionalism and in constitutional theory. His work in EU law was awarded the Ius Commune prize and his work on comparative constitutionalism was selected for presentation at the Yale-Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Perju will research the deep constitutional conflict simmering in Europe, with courts around the continent threatening, and in some cases rendering, effectless, judgments of the European Court of Justice and norms of primary and secondary EU law. Instead of seeing these cases as instances of disobedience, mainstream EU constitutional theory conceptualizes them as illustrations of the bidimensional character of constitutional authority in the EU. Perju’s research challenges this dominant view and seeks to replace it with an alternative constitutional theory that, without denying the originality of the EU, nevertheless builds on its similarities with traditional, hierarchically integrated legal structures.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor, Boston College Law School
  • Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
  • Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic

The reconstruction of European constitutionalism


  • EU Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • U.S. and Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Law


Perju, V. (2020). ‘Against Bidimensional Supremacy in EU Constitutionalism.’ German Law Journal, 21(5), pp.1006–1022.

Perju, V. (2020). ‘Identity Federalism in Europe and the United States.’ Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 53(208).

Perju, V. (2019). ‘The Asymmetries of Pouvoir Constituant Mixte.’ European Law Journal, 25(5), pp.515–520.