Assistant Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr. Cosmin Sebastian Cercel is an Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law.
Cosmin obtained his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Bucharest and at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne Paris I. He continued his studies with a master's degree in Comparative Legal Studies at the Sorbonne School of Law (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris I). He completed his PhD at the Sorbonne School of Law with honours in 2012.
Prior to coming to Nottingham, Cosmin worked as a PhD researcher at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris I and as an assistant lecturer (attaché temporaire d'enseignement et de recherche) at the same venue. In this capacity, he taught Comparative Constitutional Law and EU Law at Sorbonne's branch in Bucharest, the French College of European Legal Studies. He also worked as an assistant lecturer (preparator universitar) at the University of Bucharest, teaching Legal Theory at both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy.
Dr Cosmin Cercel's area of expertise includes legal theory and legal history as well as theoretical aspects of comparative law and European constitutionalism.
Dr. Cercel's current research aims at putting under a critical scrutiny the dissolution of classical concepts of legality and constitutionalism in the historical context of the rise of… read more
Dr. Cercel's current research aims at putting under a critical scrutiny the dissolution of classical concepts of legality and constitutionalism in the historical context of the rise of authoritarianism during the interwar period with specific reference to Romanian and continental history and legal thought.
Dr Cercel's past research followed two threads drawing on his interest in European legal history and theoretical aspects of law in authoritarian regimes. As such, a cluster of work consisted in an analysis addressing the process of European legal integration as regards some of the salient cultural and intellectual presuppositions that structure this project.
More recently, in the framework of his doctoral studies, Dr Cercel focused on on the relation between law and politics during the Communist era in Romania. In his thesis, "When Law is Overtaken by Politics: The Romanian Communist Experience", by means of a genealogical approach informed by the works of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben, he aimed at uncovering the concrete manifestations of the hidden relations that linked legal discourse to ideology during one of the projects of total domination that visited Romania during the "short XXth century".
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