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Antoine Vauchez, CNRS Research Professor and Director of the European Centre for Sociology and Political Science at the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, will be a Visiting Scholar attached to the ACES Theme Group on Governing Europe from 3-27 September.

Antoine Vauchez has published widely on the relationship between professional expertise and politics in the European integration process. He is the author of Brokering Europe: Euro-Lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity (Cambridge University Press, 2015), as well as several recent articles on economists, central banks, and EU economic governance. He is also a co-author of How to Democratize Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019).  

Multiple events have been organized during his visit. On 16 September at SPUI25, he will discuss the ’Draft Treaty on the Democratization of the Governance of the Euro Area (‘T-Dem’)’, which he co-authored with a.o. Thomas Piketty.

Antoine Vauchez will give two seminar presentations:

He will also give a master class for PhD students (date TBA).  

Antoine Vauchez would be happy to meet individually with interested colleagues and students during his visit, and can be contacted by email

Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Ehess - Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) and a Permanent Visiting professor at iCourts Research centre (Univ. of Copenhagen).

His research engages with the field of historical sociology, political sociology and critical sociology of law, researching extensively the interactions between forms of expertise, transnational knowledge communities and transnational politics with a particular emphasis on law, economics and European Union polity. He also focuses on issues connecting « law and politics », processes of « judicialization » and the transformation of Western States.

Recently, he has brought to an end a series of four books on law, politics and democracy in the European Union, a monograph providing a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (Brokering Europe. Euro-lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity, Cambridge University Press, 2015, an edited volume on the transnational field of European law (with Bruno de Witte, Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013), an essay Democratizing Europe (Seuil, 2014 ; Palgrave, 2015, Hamburger Verlag, 2016) and an intervention book with Thomas Piketty, Stéphanie Hennette and Guillaume Sacriste : Pour un traité de démocratisation de l’Europe (Seuil, 2017) which has been translated in nine languages. This resulted in a online manifesto T-Dem and a project campaigning for the T-Dem plan to be implemented by the national states. 

Over the years, he has been a visiting scholar in a variety of universities : he has been a Post-doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Northwestern University, 2000), a Marie Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center (EUI, 2007-2009), a Senior Emile Noël fellow at New York University (2014), and a Visiting professor in a variety of universities (Bocconi University, Copenhagen University, Columbia University, the Luiss in Rome, Cairo University and the International institute for the sociology of law in Spain).