Peter L. Lindseth

Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, International Programs
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Office: Hosmer 307
  • Administrative Law
  • Comparative Public Law
  • European Integration
  • Historical Institutionalism
  • Legal History
  • Multilevel Governance
  • Principal-Agent Theory

Peter Lindseth’s expertise lies at the intersection of comparative administrative law, European integration, international economic law, and the legal history of public governance. Researching in three languages (English, French, and German), Professor Lindseth develops new insights into the fields of historical institutionalism, principal-agent theory, and governance beyond the state with implications well beyond the case of European integration in which he specializes.

Much sought-after on both sides of the Atlantic, Professor Lindseth is currently serving as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Visiting Professor at Tilburg University and as Visiting Professor in the Law and History of European Integration at Queen Mary, University of London.  Professor Lindseth has previously served as a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, and the Université d'Aix-Marseille III. He has also served as a Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Chatauebriand Fellow at the Conseil d’Etat in Paris, and a Stipendiat at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt.

Despite the demands of scholarship and teaching, Professor Lindseth remains active in administrative and professional activities. He is the founding chair of the European Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the editor of the section’s new blog, europaeus|law. Professor Lindseth also contributes regularly to EUtopia Law, a London-based blog on the European Union. In addition, since 2012, he has been the director of International Programs at the Law School, in charge of both the U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. and the S.J.D. programs along with the Law School’s array of exchange and visiting scholar relationships. Professor Lindseth came to UConn from Columbia Law School, where he was associate director of the European Legal Studies Center, a teaching fellow (associate-in-law) and managing editor of The Columbia Journal of European Law. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Cornell and a Ph.D. in European history from Columbia. 

Peter L. Lindseth, ‘Power and Legitimacy in the Eurozone: Can Integration and Democracy Be Reconciled?’, The Constitutionalization of European Budgetary Constraints (Maurice Adams, Federico Fabbrini and Pierre Larouche, eds., Hart Publishing, 2014)

Peter L. Lindseth, ‘The Eurozone Crisis, Institutional Change, and “Political Union”’ in Political, Fiscal, and Banking Union in the Eurozone? (Franklin Allan, Elena Carletti, and Joanna Gray, eds., Wharton Financial Institutions Center Press, 2013)

Peter L. Lindseth, "The Critical Promise of the New History of European Law," 21 Contemporary European History 455 (2012)

Peter L. Lindseth, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Susan Rose-Ackerman & Peter L. Lindseth, eds., Comparative Administrative Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010)

Peter L. Lindseth, "Agents Without Principals?: Delegation in an Age of Diffuse and Fragmented Governance," in Reframing Self-Regulation in European Private Law (Fabrizio Cafaggi, ed., Kluwer Law International, 2006)

Peter L. Lindseth, "The Paradox of Parliamentary Supremacy: Delegation, Democracy, and Dictatorship in Germany and France, 1920s-1950s," 113 Yale Law Journal 1341 (2004)

Peter L. Lindseth, "Democratic Legitimacy and the Administrative Character of Supranationalism: the Example of the European Community," 99 Columbia Law Review 628 (1999)