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Prof Joseph WEILER

Leading Co-Director, ASEAN ITL Research Project
President, European University Institute (EUI)

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E-mail: president@eui.eu


Professor J.H.H. Weiler is President of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

Professor Weilerwas University Professor at New York University, as well as holder of the European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University School of Law, Director of the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, and Co-Director of the TikvahCenter for Law & Jewish Civilization.

Professor Weiler serves as Editor in Chief of EJIL – the European Journal of International Law and ICON – the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Professor Weiler is also Professor at the National University of Singapore; Honorary Professor at University College, London; Honorary Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; and Co-Director of the Academy of International Trade Law in Macao, China.

Professor Weiler is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds degrees from Sussex (B.A.); Cambridge (LL.B. and LL.M.); and The Hague Academy of International Law (Diploma of International Law). He earned his Ph.D. in European Law at the EUI, Florence. He is recipient of Doctorates Honoris Causa from numerous European universities.

From 1978 to 1985, Professor Weiler was a member and Head of the Department of Law at the EUI and co-founded itsAcademy of European Law and the European Policy Unit, the precursor of the Robert Schuman Centre. He later served as Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School (1985-1992) and as Manley Hudson Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard Law School (1992-2001).

Professor Weiler served for many years as a member of the Committee of Jurists of the Institutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, inter alia co-drafting the European Parliament’s Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms.

He is a WTO and NAFTA Panelist.

Professor Weiler is author of articles and books in the fields of international, comparative, and European law. His publications include: The Constitution of Europe – do the New Clothes have an Emperor? (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998 – translations into Spanish, Italian, Slovenian, Japanese, Chinese, Serbian, Portuguese, Romanian); The EU, the WTO, and the NAFTA: Towards a Common Law of International Trade? (Academy of European Law, EUI, Florence/Oxford Univ. Press, 2000); Un’Europa Cristiana (Rizzoli, 2003 – translations into German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, French, Hungarian, Dutch), The Worlds of European Constitutionalism, (with Gráinne De Búrca) (Cambridge University Press, New York and Cambridge, 2012) and a novella, Der Fall Steinmann (Piper 2000). He is currently completing a monograph The ASEAN Way – A Prolegomena to a Theory of Asian Legal Integration (Cambridge University Press) and a book on The Trial of Jesus.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • European Integration
  • WTO and International Economic Law
  • ASEAN Law and Policy
  • Law and Religion


Selected Publications

  1. “Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Boundaries: Common Standards and Conflicting Values in the Protection of Human Rights in European Space,” An Identity for Europe, The Relevance of Multiculturalism in EU Construction (Palgrave Macmillan) Chapter 4 73 (2009)
  2. “Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services (DS 285),” 7:1 World Trade Review 71-113 (2008) (with Douglas Irwin)
  3. “Neinsagen zu Gott: Anmerkungen zu Der Regensburger Vorlesung und Zwei Predigten Benedikts XVI,” Gott, Rette Die Vernunet! (Sankt Ulrich Verlag) 171 (2008)
  4. “Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO-Gazing into the Crystal Ball,” The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law – Chapter 27, Oxford University Press 750 (2008)
  5. “The Constitution of Europe: Resquiescat in Pacem,” A Europa E Os Desafios do Seculo XXI, Conferencia International (Almedina-Coimbra) 179 (2008)