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Lisa Conant

  • Lisa Conant

    Lisa Conant

Professor and Chair
Sturm Hall, Room 470
Phone: 303-871-2629
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Areas of expertise/research interests

  • comparative study of law and society
  • politics of legal integration in the European Union (EU)
  • European Convention on Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
  • Europeanization and globalization of national courts
  • citizenship and immigration in Europe

Professional biography

Lisa Conant is professor of political science at the University of Denver and author of the book Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union. She also served as department chair from 2008 to 2012.

Professor Conant teaches courses on law and society, international law and human rights, the European Union, and comparative courts and constitutions.

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.


PhD, MA, Political Science, University of Washington
BA, Summa Cum Laude, International Relations, University of Minnesota


" Mobilizing European Law Lisa Conant, Andreas Hofmann, Dagmar Soennecken & Lisa
Vanhala (2017) Journal of European Public Policy, DOI:10.1080/13501763.2017.1329846

Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union , Cornell University Press, 2002

"Who Files Suit? Legal Mobilization and Torture Violations in Europe" Law & Policy (April 2016) Pages 280-303

“Compelling Criteria? Human Rights in the European Union,” Journal of European Public Policy 21, 5 (May 2014), 713-729.

"Whose Agents? The Interpretation of International Law in National Courts," Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art, eds. Jeffrey Dunoff and Mark Pollack. Cambridge University Press (2013), 394-420.

"Compliance and What EU Member States Make of It," Compliance and the Enforcement of EU Law, ed. Marise Cremona, from the series Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law. Oxford University Press (2012), 1-30.

"Rights and the Limits of Transnational Solidarity in Europe," Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms, eds. Michael Tolley, Donald Jackson, and Mary Volcansek. SUNY Press (2010), 141- 159.

"Regional Legal Frameworks for Human Rights and Social Policy in Europe," Human Rights and Social Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Values and Citizenship in OECD Countries, ed. Ann Nevile. Edward Elgar press (2010), 47-64.

"The Politics of Legal Integration," Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 45 Annual Review of the EU (August 2007), 45-66.

"Individuals, Courts, and the Development of European Social Rights," Comparative Political Studies 39,1 (February 2006), 76-100.