Antoni Abat Ninet

Antoni Abat Ninet


  • JUR Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies

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Recent Selected Publications:


Abat Ninet, Antoni, The Messianic Thought in Constitutionalism

Abat Ninet, Antoni 'Constitutional Crowdsourcing', (forthcoming, 2017) Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. 

Abat Ninet, Antoni; Tushnet, Mark 'The Arab Spring: An Essay on Revolution and Constitutionalism', (2015) Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. 

Abat Ninet, Antoni 'Constitutional Violence: Legitimacy, Democracy and Human Rights', (2013) Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. 

Journal Articles:

Abat Ninet, Antoni; Gardner, James A. 'Distinctive Identity Claims in Federal Systems: Judicial Policing of Subnational Variance', (2016) International Journal of Constitutional Law, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp. 378-410. 

Abat Ninet, Antoni 'Constitutionalising Language: A Dialogue', (2014) King's Law Journal, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp. 255-270. 

Book Chapters:

Abat Ninet, Antoni 'The Role of the Judiciary in Egypt´s Failed Transition to Democracy', Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights (Scheinin, Martin; Krunke, Helle; Aksenova, Marina (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 2016) pp. 201-223.

Abat Ninet, Antoni 'The Spanish Constitution, the Constitutional Court and the Catalan Referendum', Catalonia in Spain and Europe: Is There a Way to Independence? (Nagel, Klaus-Jürgen; Rixen, Stephan (eds), Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2015) pp. 42-51.

Encyclopedia Entries:

Abat Ninet, Antoni ‘Direct Democracy’, (2016) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, (Grote, Rainer; Lachenmann, Frauke; Wolfrum, Rüdiger (eds), Oxford University Press, 2016), (forthcoming).



2013 - present, Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. 

2013 - Georgetown University Law School – CTLS - London

2010-2013 - Universitat Ramon Llull, ESADE Law School, Constitutional and Comparative Law.

2012 - Methodology of comparative and international public law PhD (Deusto University, Bilbao)

2012 - Methodology of comparative public law – PhD (ICADE – Madrid Spain).

2010 - 2011 – Institute of Law and technology, UAB – Barcelona. (Spanish Government main
important Scholarship in research) – International Law and I.T.

2010 – GRISC – Public International Law. – Comparative research.

2009-10 Stanford Law School
Visiting Scholar in Legal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law
Antoni Abad i Ninet 

Fall, 2009 Lincoln Law School of San Jose, San Jose, California
Visiting Foreign Scholar and Adjunct Professor of La
Taught History of Constitutions in the Western World

2008-09 University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York
Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Law
Taught Comparative Constitutional Law and Ancient Constitutional Law


University of Barcelona, Ph.D. (Philosophy) 2007, cum laude
Dissertation: The Concept of Law in Jürgen Habermas: Complementation with Bruce Ackerman
Advisor: Dr. Josep Monserrat.

Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2004
Master's in Introduction to Research in Public Law, cum laude
Diploma in Specialized Superior Studies (DESE) in Public Law, cum laude
Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Public Law, cum laude

University of Girona, 2001 (graduate degree in law)
Additional study at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (English language)-

Research Groups:

2010- present University Autonoma of Barcelona- Institute of Law and Tecnology.

2009-10 Stanford University, Member, Catalan Observatory.

2008-present University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, Edwin F. Jaeckle
Center for State and Local Democracy

2008 University of Barcelona, Hermeneutical and Platonism Group, Faculty of Philosophy.

2010- Pluricity del GRISC, Research, Group on Risk Governance.

Major Grants and Fellowships:

2011-14 Juan de la Cierva Fellowship, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia Spanish Government.
Three-year programme.

2010 Coordinator of the Pluricity Research Program for the Agencia Catalana de
Cooperació internacional (Government of Catalonia)

Antoni Abat i Ninet graduated in Law from the University of Girona in 2001 and was awarded a PhD by the University of Barcelona in 2007. From 2002 to 2005, he practiced law at the German Law Firm of Göhmann Wrede Haas Kappus & Hartmann. Before joining the ESADE faculty in 2011, he was granted the Juan de la Cierva competitive research scholarship by Spain's Ministry for Science and Innovation. He taught Comparative Constitutional Law and Ancient Constitutionalism at the State University of New York, the Lincoln Law School of San José and was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University Law School.  Prof. Abat's research interests are focus on:

- the theoretical foundations of constitutionalism

- the relationship between constitution, constitutionalism, Human Rights, Sovereignty and Democracy.

- Comparative Constitutional Law

- Legal and Political philosophy

Current PhD Fellows:

Ahmed El-Sayed

Fergus Kerrigan

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