Latest Book: A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law

Front Cover of Rule of Law: A citizen's guide to the most precious invention of all time

Latest Book: A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law

6 July 2021

Governing Body Fellow Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, with Adis Merdzanovic, has just published A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law: Why We Need to Fight for the Most Precious Human Invention of All Time.

The book explains in plain language what the rule of law is, why it matters, and why we have to defend it. The starting point is to ask why EU efforts to promote the rule of law in candidate countries have succeeded or failed, and what this tells us about what is happening inside the EU. The book moves on to suggest ways of strengthening the rule of law in Europe and beyond, calling to action in defence of the most precious human invention of all time.

For a recording of a recent webinar about the book, please follow the link below:

Webinar Recording


Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Affairs at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, and Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Previously, she was Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations. In 2012-2013, she was Emile Noel-Straus Senior Fellow at NYU Law School. In 2008-2010, Professor  Nicolaïdis was a member of the Gonzales reflection group on the future of Europe 2030, set up by the European Council. She also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the 90s and early 2000s, the Dutch government in 2004, the UK government, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD and UNCTAD. Professor  Nicolaïdis has published widely on international relations, global governance, trade ethics, law and democracy promotion, as well as the internal and external aspects of European integration in numerous journals. Her latest books are ‘Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit’ (Unbound, 2019), 'The Greco-German Affair in the Euro Crisis: Mutual Recognition Lost?', (co-authored with Sternberg and Gartzou-Katsouyanni, Palgrave, 2018) and 'Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies' (edited with Sebe, I.B. Taurus, 2015).

Adis Merdzanovic is a political scientist specialising on the Western Balkans region and its European Integration perspective, as well as communication sciences and marketing. He is a senior research fellow at Zurich University of Applied Sciences and a former postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), which is part of the European Studies Centre of St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and was previously a Swiss Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on political communication and marketing, but also the role of the media in general as well as democratisation of divided post-war societies with a particular emphasis on political and constitutional orders in the Western Balkans.