School of Law and Politics

Dr Vesco Paskalev



Vesco Paskalev

Lecturer in EU Law
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Qualifications Master of Laws (Sofia), LLM (Central European University, Budapest), PhD (European University Institute, Florence)


Vesco Paskalev joined the Law School in August 2014. Prior to this, he had been a researcher at EUDO 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 in the European Union and was awarded the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) second prize for a thesis on European Law.

Professional activities

Vesco worked as an advisor to the Committee of European Integration of the Bulgarian parliament (2002-2005) and adjunct lecturer in EU law. He became a practicing lawyer in 2005 (Plovdiv Bar since 2007) and returned to academia in 2008. He was actively engaged with the green movement in Bulgaria and still occasionally counsels environmental NGOs and writes complaints to the European Commission for infringement of biodiversity law.

Selected Publications

Articles in refereed journals

Book chapters

Working papers & conference presentations

  • The technocratic fallacy: how many ways to make the same error? (Presentation at the Eighth Pan-European Conference on the EU, ECPR Standing group on the EU, Trento, June 2016; at the Annual conference of the Society for Risk Analysis – Europe, University of Bath, June 2016 and at the Hart Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London, September 2016)
  • From an Ever Closer Union To a More Perfect World: EU Requirements For Due Diligence Of Timber and Other Tales (presentation at the workshop The External Dimension of European Private Law, European University Institute, Florence, January 2016)
  • Impact Assessments in the EU: A chance for Discursive Representation? (Presentation at Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University, 2016. Presented also at the PADEMIA Workshop “Rethinking representation?”, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien, March 2015)
  • Is Free Movement Subverting Democracy? (Presentation Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Warwick 2015)
  • The technocratic fallacy: how many ways to make the same error? (Presentation at the Eighth Pan-European Conference on the EU, ECPR Standing group on the EU, June, Trento and also at the Annual conference of the Society for Risk Analysis – Europe, University of Bath)
  • Paskalev V, ‘In Science We Trust: Another Wrong Idea in the Wrong Place’ (Brown Bag Research Seminar, University of Hull Law School, May 13 2015)
  • Paskalev V, Taking Reasons Seriously: Containing Arbitrary Power by Cheap Talk (Harvard University, IGLP Working paper series 3/2013 2013)
  • Paskalev V, ‘Stand by your Word! The Role of Courts in Enforcing Argumentative Rationality’ (6th Annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College, London, April 2012)
  • Paskalev V, ‘Why elections? Discursive Dilemma and Responsibility to Close the Rationality Gap’ (Representative Democracy in the 21st Century workshop, European University Institute, Fiesole, October 2012)
  • Paskalev V, ‘Can Science Tame Politics: A History of a Failure’ (Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E) Annual Meeting, Stuttgart, June 2011)
  • Between Reason and Will: Can Regulation Be Responsive?, presentation at the workshop ‘Socializing Economic Relationships: New Perspectives and Methods for Analysing Transnational Risk Regulation’, Workshop at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, April 2010.

Commentaries and opinion pieces

You can follow Vesco Paskalev on his personal website and read his papers on SSRN.


Vesco’s fields of interest are European Union law, risk regulation, environmental law and policy, transnational law, civic republicanism and deliberative democracy. 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. Currently on to top of his research agenda is the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the promised energy union is next on the line.

His commitment to empirical research does not prevent him from taking interest in abstract questions of jurisprudence or employing economic analysis of law, which can be informed by the actual context too. Thus he is currently working on several projects of normative theory inspired by earlier research.

PhD Supervision

Vesco would be interested in supervising researchers in any area of EU law, as well as any regulatory issue where decisions are purported to be on the basis of scientific evidence or formal assessment (e.g. cost-benefits analyses).    



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