Paskalev, Vesco


Ph.D. (European University Institute, Florence), L.L.M. (Central European University, Budapest), Master of Law (Sofia University). He has been visiting scholar at the Socio-Legal Studies Centre, University of Oxford (2003/2004) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Autumn 2010).

The contributor is expert in European Union law, comparative administrative and constitutional law and risk regulation. His research belongs to the tradition of civic republicanism, deliberative democracy and science and technology studies. He has recently published articles on the role of the national parliaments in the European democracy and on the collapse of the EU regime for GMO regulation and has won the Maugeri Prize for Young Scholars for an article on scientific argumentation and judicial review. He is currently affiliated to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and is coordinating the work of EUDO Citizenship Observatory. 

He is also actively involved with the green movement in Bulgaria, and has argued many cases in the Bulgarian courts and European institutions for the protection of the environment.  

Vesco Paskalev joined EUDO CITIZENSHIP as EUI coordinator in December 2013. In August 2014 he moved to Hull University, UK, where he was offered a tenured position in the Law Department. His successor is also his predecessor: Jean-Thomas Arrighi who has returned to Florence after a year of teaching the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. During his short seven months of working for the observatory, Vesco collaborated with Olivier Vonk in building up an entire new network of citizenship experts in the Americas, was our country expert on Bulgaria, represented the EUI in the ILEC project, collected and edited numerous news items and updates of our reports and databases, managed and contributed to the forum on independence referendums, and even got involved in our project of developing indicators for access to electoral rights. Vesco was the quiet force at the centre of our large and growing network, he was intellectually deeply committed and always ready to take care and hold things together. I wish him a brilliant career in English academia and I hope he will stay tuned to EUDO CITIZENSHIP. 

Rainer Bauböck, EUDO-CITIZENSHIP co-director