Dr Floris de Witte

Dr Floris de Witte

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

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New Academic Building 7.03

About me

Floris de Witte is Associate Professor at the LSE. His research deals with the interaction between EU law and political theory, with particular emphasis on free movement, the Euro-crisis and the role of the individual in the EU. Floris holds a PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science.  He is co-editor of LSE Law Policy Briefing Papers and an affiliated member of the LSE European Institute.

Research interests

EU Constitutional, Institutional and Substantive Law; the interaction between EU law and Political Theory.

External activities

Floris sits on the editorial board of the German Law Journal and theEuropean Law Journal.



Justice in the EU: The Emergence of Transnational SolidarityOxford Studies in European Law (OUP, 2015)

In Justice in the EU: The Emergence of Transnational Solidarity, Floris de Witte argues that European Union law can be understood as an instrument for the elaboration of what justice is, means, and requires on the level beyond the nation state. Approaching the question of justice from the European perspective, however, challenges us to think beyond the contractarian idea that equates justice with national political self-determination. A proper model of justice demands a tiered institutional and normative understanding of justice, involving both the nation state and the EU, which can make sense of the new ties between individual citizens that the process of European integration continues to generate. It also requires that we construct a theory of transnational solidarity that can explain what those new ties tell us about our transnational obligations of justice.

This book tackles three issues in turn. It explains which precise institutional and normative structures are indispensable in the pursuit of justice; how the European Union can be understood to increase our capacity for the attainment of justice; and formulates a theory of transnational solidarity that informs the interaction between national and European spheres. Three different types of transnational solidarity are identified and carefully traced throughout the case law of the Court of Justice: market solidarity, communitarian solidarity, and aspirational solidarity. Read together, these three transnational solidarities tell us exactly what justice means in the EU.

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o ‘Integrating the Subject: Narratives of Emancipation in Regionalism’ (2019) EJIL [forthcoming]o ‘Interdependence and Contestation in European Integration’ (2019) European Papers [forthcoming]