Dimitry Vladimirovich Kochenov

Senior Research Fellow
Lead Researcher, Rule of Law Group

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Professor Dimitry Vladimirovich Kochenov (LEGS '02) leads the Rule of Law Workgroup at CEU Democracy Institute and teaches at the Department of Legal Studies. His research focuses on the principles of law in the global context, with a special emphasis on the Rule of Law, citizenship, and the enforcement of EU values.

His first monograph, which criticized the Rule of Law and democracy promotion by the EU in Central and Eastern Europe — EU Enlargement and the Failure of Conditionality (Kluwer, 2008) — was followed by Citizenship (MIT Press, 2019Il Mulino 2020Eksmo 2021), which dissects the dark side of this concept and was reviewed in The New York Review of Books. Prof. Kochenov published numerous edited collections, including, Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index (Hart Publishing, 2020, with Justin Lindeboom); The Internal Market and the Future of European Integration (Cambridge, 2019, with Fabian Amtenbrink et al.); The Enforcement of EU Law and Values (Oxford, 2017 with András Jakab); EU Citizenship and Federalism (Cambridge, 2017); Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the EU (Cambridge, 2016, with Carlos Closa); Europe's Justice Deficit? (Hart Publishing, 2015, with Gráinne de Búrca and Andrew Williams); European Union's Shaping of the International Legal Order (Cambridge, 2013, with Fabian Amtenbrink); and a number of others. Dimitry Vladimirovich's latest papers include 'EU Values are Law, after All' (YEL 2021, with Kim Scheppele and Barbara Grabowska-Moroz), 'Independence and Lawful Composition of the Court of Justice of the EU' (NYU Jean Monnet Paper, 2/2020, with Graham Butler) and 'Ending the Passport Apartheid' (I-CON 2020).

Prof. Kochenov is PI on 'Rule of Law Practices' in the Horizon2020 RECONNECT consortium. Serving the academic community, Dimitry Vladimirovich sat on ERC Advanced grants panels, national research councils, and took part in the FCT national research assessment of Portuguese institutions of higher education. He sits on the editorial boards, inter alia, of the Hague Journal on the Rule of LawReview of DemocracyOxford Encyclopaedia of European Law, Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta Serija 11: Pravo and Review of Central and East European Law.

Before returning to CEU Dimitry Vladimirovich was a professor in Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands) and held visiting appointments at Princeton University (Crane Fellowship in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and a Visiting Professorship at the University Center for Human Values); University of Oxford (COMPAS, School of Anthropology); NYU Law School (Émile Noël Fellowship); College of Europe (Visiting Professorship); Basel Institute of Global Studies (Visiting Fellowship); Boston College (Senior Clough Fellowship); University of Turin (Visiting Chair in Private Law), LUISS Guido Carli (Rome, Visiting Co-Chair in EU Law), UNAM Mexico, Osaka Graduate School of Law and countless others. He served as the founding chairman of the Investment Migration Council (Geneva). Prof. Kochenov consults governments and international organizations on the subjects of his interest. He has done work for The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malta, European and Scottish parliaments and acted as expert in front of courts. So he was retained as an expert by Clifford Chance in some of the Bancoult cases, helping the Chagossians expelled from their archipelago by the British Crown. The Economist, FT, NYT, BBCCBCNBC, Le Monde, Rzeczpospolita and other leading outlets paid attention to Dimitry's work / published his op-eds and interviews. Among the honours he received, there is a cookie named after him at Black and Bloom in Groningen.

Dimitry Vladimirovich is currently working on two monographs: EU Rule of Law Case-Book (with Laurent Pech) and EU Citizenship: Ius Tractum of Many Faces (on contract with Hart), as well as two edited volumes: Research Handbook on the Politics of Constitutionalism (EE, with Mark Tushnet) and The Sales of Citizenship and Residence: Redrawing the Boundaries of Belonging (Cambridge, 2021, with Kristin Surak).

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Димитрий Коченов, Гражданство: от равенства и достоинства к унижению и разделению, М.: Эксмо 2021 (перевод С. Мирошниченко).

Dimitry Kochenov, ‘Ending the Passport Apartheid. The Alternative to Citizenship is No Citizenship’, 18(4) International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON) 2020, pp. 1525-1530.

Kim Lane Scheppele, Dimitry Kochenov and Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, ‘EU Values Are Law, After All’, 39 Yearbook of European Law 2020, pp. 3–121[watch related event]

Laurent Pech and Dimitry Kochenov, 'Respect for the Rule of Law in the Case-Law of the Court of Justice: A Casebook Overview of the Key Judgments since the Portuguese Judges Case', SIEPS (Stockholm) 2021 (early view). [watch a related event]

Dimitry Kochenov and Nikos Lavranos, 'Achmea versus the Rule of Law: CJEU's Dogmatic Dismissal of Investors' Rights in the Backsliding Member States of the European Union', The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 2021 (early view).

Aleksejs Dimitrovs and Dimitry Kochenov, 'Of Jupiters and Bulls: The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism as a Redundant Special Regime for the Rule of Law', 61 EU Law Live (Weekend edition, June 5, 2021).

Dimitry Kochenov, ‘Article 7 TEU: A Commentary on the Much Talked-about “Dead” Provision’, in Armin von Bogdandy et al. (eds), Defending Checks and Balances in EU Member States: Taking Stock of Europe’s ActionsHeidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2021, pp. 127–154.

Dimitry Kochenov, 'Policing the Genuine Purity of Blood: The EU Commission's Assault on Citizenship and Residence by Investment and the Future of Citizenship in the European Union', 25(1) Studies in European Affairs, 2021, pp. 33–62

Dimitry Kochenov, ‘Rule of Law as a Tool to Claim Supremacy’, in Adam Bodnar and Jakub Urbanik (eds), Περιμένοντας τους Bαρβάρους. Law in the days of Constitutional Crisis. Studies offered to Mirosław Wyrzykowski, Munich/Baden Baden: C.H. Beck/Nomos, 2021 (in press). Spanish translation available: "El Estado de Derecho como instrumento para reivindicar la supremacía”, en: J.I. Ugartemendia and A. Saiz Arnaiz (Eds), ¿Está en peligro el Estado de Derecho en la Unión Europea?, Oñate: IVAP, 2021, pp. 9-38

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz and Dimitry Kochenov, ‘EU Rule of Law: The State of Play Following the Debate Surrounding the 2019 Commission’s Communication’, in G. Amato and B. Barbisan (eds), Rule of Law vs Majoritarian Democracy, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2021 (in press).

Dimitry Kochenov and Jacquelyn Veraldi, 'The Commission against the Internal Market and EU Citizen's Rigths: Trying to Shoot down Sputnik with the "Digital Green Certificate"?' 12 European Journal of Risk Regulation 2021 (in press). [watch a related event]

Oskar J. Gstrein, Dimitry Kochenov and Andrej Zwitter, ‘A Terrible Great Idea? COVID-19 “Vaccination Passports” in the Spotlight’, COMPAS Working Paper (University of Oxford) No. 153, 2021, 28 pp. [warch a related event]

Oskar J. Gstrein and Dimitry Kochenov, ‘Blockchain and Citizenship: Uneasy Bedfellows’ in Oreste Pollicino and Giovanni De Gregorio (eds), Blockchain and Public Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2021, (in press).

Paul Kalinichenko and Dimitry Kochenov, ‘Introductory Note to Amendments to the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation Concerning International Law (2020)', 60 International Legal Materials 2021, pp. 341-346.

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