Jean Monnet Master Class on Case studies by Tommaso Pavone

Case studies are nowhere more critical for crafting research and producing knowledge than in socio-legal studies. Tommaso Pavone, who mastered the technique during his PhD at Princeton University, will discuss the comparative advantages of case study research, and how case studies can help you gain expertise, craft compelling analytic narratives, uncover causal mechanisms, build local knowledge, and probe the complexity and contingency of events. The master class will also discuss some concrete examples of case study research. It addresses PhD students, postdoc and research fellows interested in the implementation of empirical methods in the studies of law, politics, and society.

The event is organized by the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law & Politics in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), the European University Institute and the PhD school at the Faculty of Law.

Preparatory readings:

  • Flyvbjerg, Bent. 2006. “Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research.” Qualitative Inquiry 12 (2): 219-245
  • Pavone, Tommaso. 2019. “From Marx to Market: Lawyers, European Law, and the Contentious Transformation of the Port of Genoa." Law & Society Review 53 (3): 851-888.
  • Ewick, Patricia, and Susan Silbey. 1998. The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press: Chapter 1, “Millie Simpson”

Speaker bio

Tommaso Pavone is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo’s PluriCourts Centre and an incoming Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy. He received Ph.D. in Politics in 2019 from Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics, European politics, and law and society. His research traces how interactions between civil society, lawyers, courts, and public officials trigger policy change and shape political development. His book project – The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe – reconstructs how entrepreneurial lawyers promoted European integration by encouraging clients to break non-compliant state laws and mobilizing national courts against their own governments. Tom is the recipient of the Best Dissertation Award from the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), the Dissertation Prize from the Law and Society Association (LSA), the Edward S. Corwin Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA), and an Honorable Mention for APSA's Ernest B. Haas Award. His broader research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including World Politics, Law & Society Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Law & Courts, European Law Journal, European Constitutional Law Review, and Constitutional Studies. Tommaso was born in Rome and is a dual citizen of Italy and the United States.​

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