Short CV/Education and training

  • After defending my PhD in 1997 at the University of Antwerp, I obtained a FWO post doc researcher grant. In 2000 I was appointed to a lecutring position at the University of Antwerp, where I became a full professor in constitutional law in 2007. I am head of the research group on government and law, chair of the Antwerp Doctoral School and member of the editorial board of several journals and book series (e.g. Theory and Practice of Legislation; Law and Cosmopolitan Values).

Selected publications

  • Popelier P, Verstraelen S, Vanheule D, Vanlerberghe B (eds), The effects of judicial decisions in time (Cambridge, Intersentia, 2014)

  • Popelier Patricia, Cantillon Bea. 'Bipolar federalism and the social welfare state : a case for shared competences' (2013) Publius: the journal of federalism, 1-22

  • Popelier Patricia, van de Heyning Catherine. 'Procedural rationality : giving teeth to the proportionality analysis' (2013), European constitutional law review-issn 1574-0196-(2013),p. 230-262

  • Popelier Patricia, Mazmanyan Armen, Vandenbruwaene Werner (eds). The role of constitutional courts in multilevel governance (Cambridge, Intersentia, 2013)

  • Claes Monica, De Visser Maartje, Popelier Patricia, van de Heyning Catherine. Constitutional conversations in Europe : actors, topics and procedures (Cambridge, Intersentia 2012)

  • Popelier Patricia. 'Governance and better regulation : dealing with the legitimacy paradox' (2011) European public law 555-568

  • Popelier Patricia, Vandenbruwaene Werner. 'The subsidiary mechanism as a tool for inter-level dialogue in Belgium: on 'regional blindness' and cooperative flaws' (2011) European constitutional law review, 204-228

  • Popelier, P., 'The need for sub-national constitutions in federal theory and practice : the Belgian case', (2012) Perspectives on federalism, 36-58



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The dynamics between national and supranational fundamental rights protection in Europe: a practice of convergence?

  • The Constitutional Court caught between its role as guardian of consensus democracy and deliberative expectations.

  • The role of constitutional courts in emerging democracies: variations in deliberative practices.

  • Judicial transitional law in public and private procedural law: new evolutions concerning the modulation of the effects of judicial decisions in time

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the FWO Commission International Collaboration

  • Member of the UA Reading Commission

  • Member of the jury of the Fernand Collin Award

Media coverage

  • In Belgian newspapers and news program

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Team management, supervising PhDs


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, 2 children


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