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 research and teaching focus on administrative law in comparative perspective, along with compliance, European integration, and legal history. His books include a reinterpretation of the history of European integration, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP), as well as two co-edited volumes on Comparative Administrative Law (Elgar), which have redefined that field. His research develops new insights into modern administrative governance, historical institutionalism, principal-agent theory, as well as supranational organizations in Europe and beyond.

In addition to his work at UConn, Professor Lindseth has also previously visited at Yale, Princeton, Tilburg, Queen Mary University of London, Paris, and Aix-Marseille. 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 International Programs at the Law School, in charge of the U.S. Legal Studies 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 new Professional Certificate 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.

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Peter L. Lindseth, and Blake Emerson, eds., Comparative Administrative Law, 2d. edition (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017)

Peter L. Lindseth, “Supranational Organizations,” in Oxford Handbook of International Organizations (Ian Hurd, Ian Johnstone, and Jacob Katz Cogan, eds., Oxford University Press, 2016)

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

Peter L. LindsethPower and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (Oxford University Press, 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 Review628 (1999)

Peter L. Lindseth, “Law, History and Memory: ‘Republican Moments’ and the Legitimacy of Constitutional Review in France,” 3 Columbia Journal of European Law 49 (1996/97)

Recent Faculty Notes
Peter Lindseth to Speak in Rome
May 15, 2019 -

Professor Peter Lindseth will speak at a conference called "Quale Europa per il futuro - The Democratic Disconnect, the Power-Legitimacy Nexus, and the Future of EU Governance" at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy on May 20, 2019. The event is part of a larger weekly lecture series. 

Peter Lindseth to Speak at University of Rome Tor Vergata
May 15, 2019 -

Professor Peter Lindseth will be an invited speaker at the University of Rome Tor Vergata on May 18, 2019. The event features several experts speaking on the topic: "Understanding the EU Crisis. Legal, Political and Philosophical Interpretations"

Peter Lindseth to Speak in Utrecht
Mar 11, 2019 -

Professor Peter Lindseth will speak on March 21, 2019, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. His talk will be entitled "In the Shadow of Threatened Enforcement: Compliance and the Public-Private Divide in the U.S." The lecture was organized by RENFORCE, the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe.