Peter L. Lindseth

Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director, International Programs
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  • 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 state-formation, historical institutionalism, principal-agent theory, as well as supranational organizations in Europe and beyond.

In addition to his work at UConn, Professor Lindseth is a regular Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. He has previously visited at Yale, Princeton, Tilburg, Paris, and Aix-Marseille. He has also held several fellowships, most recently at NYU’s Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice as well as NYU’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. Earlier fellowships included stays at the American Academy in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, the European University Institute, and the French Conseil d’Etat.

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 LL.M. and the S.J.D. 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 B.A. and J.D. 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 Speaks in Paris
Jun 28, 2018 -

Professor Peter L. Lindseth spoke at the Sciences Po Law School in Paris on two recent occasions. On June 21, 2018, he spoke during the Intensive Doctoral Week program on the topic "Comparative-Historical Method in the Study of Administrative Law: A Theoretical Framework" in a panel discussion on "A New Approach to Comparison in Administrative Law." The following day he discussed "Transforming factors in administrative law" at The Future of Administrative Law conference.

Peter Lindseth Speaks at ISPL Annual Meeting
Jun 27, 2018 -

Professor Peter L. Lindseth spoke on the topic "Administrative Democracy" on a panel at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Public Law at the University of Hong Kong on June 25, 2018.

Peter Lindseth Speaks in Qatar
Apr 23, 2018 -

Professor Peter Lindseth gave a presentation entitled "Theorizing Backlash: Power and Legitimacy in International Investment Law and Arbitration" during a workshop on "Comparative and International Investment Law: Prospects for Reform" on April 22, 2018, in Doha, Qatar. The workshop was organized by the Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law and Public Policy.