vesco paskalev

Dr Vesco Paskalev


Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

+44 (0) 1482 465747

Vesco Paskalev joined the Law School in 2014 after completing his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence. His previous positions include researcher at the EUDO Citizenship Observatory at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence), advisor to the Committee of European Integration of the Bulgarian parliament (2002-2005) and an adjunct lecturer in EU law. He was actively engaged with the green movement in Bulgaria and still counsels national and European environmental NGOs and writes complaints to the European Commission for infringement of biodiversity law.

He has also been visiting researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University (2003-4) and at the London School of Economics (2010).


Research Interests

  • European Union law
  • Risk regulation
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Transnational law
  • Civic republicanism
  • Deliberative democracy

Research groups

  • European Public Law Institute, rapporteur for Bulgaria


Paskalev V, 'Losing the Battle, but Winning the War? Standing to Challenge GMO Authorisations and other Acts Concerning the Environment', European Journal of Risk Regulation, vol 7, issue 3 (2017)

Paskalev V, 'May Science Be with You: Can Scientific Expertise Confer Legitimacy to Transnational Authority?', Transnational Legal Theory, vol 8, issue 2, pp 202-223 (2017)

Paskalev V, 'Bulgarian Constitutionalism: Challenges, Reform, Resistance and... Frustration', European Public Law, vol 22, issue 2, pp 203-223 (2016)

Paskalev V, 'An Assessment of the Current Regulation of GMO in the EU and Proposals for Amending it', report for the Greenhouse think tank (2016)

Bauböck R and Paskalev V, 'Cutting Genuine Links: A Normative Analysis Of Citizenship Deprivation', Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol 30, No 1, pp 47-104 (2016)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • EU Law (Convenor)
  • Science, Law and New Technologies(Convenor)
  • Environmental Law and Regulation
  • Public Law and the Constitution

Research PhDs

Vesco would be interested in supervising researchers in any area of EU law, as well as any regulatory issue where decisions are purported to be on the basis of scientific evidence or formal assessment (e.g. cost-benefits analyses).

Current PhD supervisions

  • Yuchen Guo, Public Participation in the Marine Related Decision-making Process—A Lesson Learned from Marine Legislation
  • Talal S Al Rasbi, The Right to Nationality for Children: A study of Nationality Laws in the GCC Countries     


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Master of Laws (Sofia)
  • LLM (Central European University, Budapest)
  • PhD (European University Institute, Florence)

External roles

  • Member of the Good Lobby, an advocacy group and clearing house for pro bono lawyering
  • Member of the Advisory Board of European Journal of Legal Studies
  • Member of the European Public Law Institute and rapporteur for Bulgaria
  • Alumnus of the Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard and docent (2014)
  • Contributor to EUDO Citizenship Observatory and EUDO Café.

Awards and accolades

  • Fondazione Maugeri Law and Science Prize, first prize, University of Pavia, 2012
  • European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) second prize for a thesis on European Law, 2014