Peter L. Lindseth

Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, International Programs
Professor Lindseth headshot.
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, and legal history. His work 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.

Professor Lindseth is also a regular Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London and has previously visited at Yale, Princeton, Tilburg (as Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor), as well as the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and the Université d'Aix-Marseille III. He has similarly served as a Senior Emile Noël Fellow at New York University School of Law, a Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a Stipendiat at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, and a Chatauebriand Fellow at the French Conseil d’Etat.

Despite the demands of scholarship and teaching, Professor Lindseth is active in administrative and professional activities. He was the founding chair of the European Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and remains a member of the section’s executive committee. In addition, he is 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 is also co-director of the new Professional Certificate Program in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance. 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 B.A. and J.D. from Cornell and a Ph.D. in European history from Columbia.

Peter L. Lindseth, "Between the ‘Real’ and the ‘Right’: Explorations Along the Institutional-Constitutional Frontier," in Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law: Bridging Idealism and Realism (Maurice Adams, Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Anne Meuwese, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Peter L. Lindseth, "The Perils of ‘As If’ European Constitutionalism," 22 European Law Journal 696 (2016)

Peter L. Lindseth, "Equilibrium, Demoi-cracy, and Delegation in the Crisis of European Integration," 15 German Law Journal 529 (2014)

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

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

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

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)