Lisa Conant

Professor

What I do

Professor and Chair of political science at the University of Denver and author of the book Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union.

Specialization(s)

European Union, Court of Justice of the EU, European politics, European Court of Human Rights, Brexit

Professional Biography

Professor Conant specializes in the politics of European legal integration, exploring the impact of judgments by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Europeanization and globalization of national courts, transformations in European citizenship, and the relationship between legal mobilization and human rights protection in Europe. She teaches courses on European politics, international law and human rights, the European Union, and the politics of immigration and citizenship. Professor Conant has engaged in extensive archival and interview-based research across Europe through doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Free University of Berlin and the European University Institute in Florence, and she regularly returns to Europe for ongoing research.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington, 1998
  • MA, Political Science, University of Washington, 1993
  • BA, International Relations, University of Minnesota, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Council for European Studies
  • European Union Studies Association

Research

Professor Conant specializes in the politics of European legal integration, exploring the impact of judgments by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Europeanization and globalization of national courts, transformations in European citizenship, and the relationship between legal mobilization and human rights protection in Europe.

Featured Publications

Conant, L. (2002). Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union. Ithaca, NY, United States of America: Cornell University Press.
Conant, L. (2018). Missing in action? The rare voice of international courts in domestic politics. (M. Wind, Ed.), International courts and domestic politics. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Conant, L., Hofmann, A., Soennecken, D., & Vanhala, L. (2017). Research agenda: Mobilizing European law. Journal of European Public Policy.
Conant, L. (2016). Who Files Suit? Legal Mobilization and Torture Violations in Europe. Law & Policy, 38(4), 280-303.
Conant, L. (2014). Compelling Criteria? Human Rights in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 21(5), 713-729.

Presentations

Conant, L. (2019). Stampede for Justice: Legal Mobilization before European Courts. 16th Biennial International Conference of the European Union Studies Association. Denver: European Union Studies Association.

Awards

  • Honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa, University of Denver chapter