Peter L. Lindseth

Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, Graduate, International, and Non-JD Programs

Education/Professional Certification

PhD, Columbia University
JD, Cornell University
BA, Cornell University


Comparative Public Law (Administrative and Constitutional), Corporate and Regulatory Compliance, European Integration, Legal History


Peter Lindseth is a legal scholar and historian with strong interests in the comparative origins and evolution of governance structures and public law. His books include a reinterpretation of the history of European integration, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP), as well as three co-edited volumes on comparative administrative law (from Elgar and OUP), which have redefined that field. His research develops new insights into the boundary between administrative and constitutional law, historical institutionalism, principal-agent theory, as well as supranational organizations in Europe and beyond.

In addition to his work at UConn, Professor Lindseth has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School, Princeton, Helsinki, Tilburg, Paris, Aix-Marseille, Luiss University of Rome, and Queen Mary University of London. He has also held several fellowships and research associateships, including at the American Academy in Berlin, the European University Institute, the French Conseil d’Etat, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, NYU School of Law, as well as the University of Oxford Centre for International Studies.

Despite the demands of scholarship and teaching, Professor Lindseth is active in administrative activities. He is the Director of Graduate, International and Non-JD Programs, coordinating the oversight of the Law School’s LLM and the SJD programs along with the Martin-Flynn Global Law Professor program and the Law School’s array of exchange and visiting scholar relationships. He is also co-director of the Program in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance, organized jointly with UConn’s business school.

He 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 BA and JD from Cornell and a Ph.D. in European history from Columbia.

Peter Lindseth
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