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My Research

The aim of my PhD project is to provide a more comprehensive theory of post-communist property transformation(s) and in particular of post-communist "restitution."

Basically, what I intend to show in my research is that a) that measures aiming at transforming property such as those adopted by post-communist government are not transitional justice measures; b) the classical liberal theory offer a weak justification for post-communist property transformations; c) post-communist "restitution" is imperfectly theorised in the transitional justice literature; d) the theorisation of restitution in "historical injustice(s)" literature offers little theoretical basis to post-communist restitution of property; and e) mainly, measures labelled as "restitutional" by post-communist governments were actually based on distributive justice concerns, and as such, they were not transitional justice measures.

Funding: The Project was funded by an award offered by the University of Warwick Postgraduate Research Scheme for doctoral research, 2007

On going research project(s) : Are the “have less” moving behind in times of economic crisis? Economic crisis, unequal protection of benefits, salaries and welfare rights in the Romanian courts. 2008-2012

Broader Research Interests:

Transitional Justice (broadly defined), Comparative law, International & Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law and Constitutional Politics, Transition and democratization, Legal Theory, Judicial studies, Judicial system reforms and anti-corruption policies, Elites theory, Private Law (Civil & Commercial), EU law, Methodology in Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy & History,Sociology/Philosophy of Science




Main Supervisor:

Professor Istvan Pogany


Professor John McEldowney (Internal)


Professor Bill Bowring (School of Law Birkbeck College, London)

Secretary of the Viva Commission:

Lorraine Talbot