Pedro Cuesta García
GEM-DIAMOND doctoral fellow
ESR 5 – National and European courts reacting to dissensus: The case of fundamental rights protection
Pedro is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD candidate at Luiss University in Rome and at iCourts in the University of Copenhagen under the framework of the GEM-DIAMOND and Horizon Europe programmes. His research focuses on the constitutional aspects of EU law, the connections between EU and national law, and the role of courts in shaping the EU polity and the integration process. Open-minded and critical, always open to debate and new ideas.
National and European courts reacting to dissensus: the cases of fundamental rights protection, national constitutional identity and the rule of law.
- Giovanni Piccirilli
- Mikael Madsen
Selected Case Studies
To achieve that objective, this study will analyse the main sources of disagreement throughout the history of the Union, paying particular attention to the position of the actors involved and the reasons behind them. The main sources of disagreement identified are three independents, albeit partially overlapping, legal concepts: (a) the differences in the level of protection of fundamental rights, (b) the definition and respect for “national constitutional identities” and (c) the diverging interpretations regarding what the rule of law encompasses and how it should be functionalized.
Social Relevance of your Research
Pedro holds a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) from the University Carlos III de Madrid, and a "European Public Law & Governance" Masters of Laws (LLM) from the European Law School of Maastricht University. Prior to joining the GEM-DIAMOND PhD programme, Pedro was a Policy Advisor on EU law for the President of Equipo Europa, a Europeanist and non-partisan youth association with the aim of promoting the European Union among young people and encouraging youth political participation, and was part of the United Nations and International Law Society of Carlos III University (ANUDI), being the first director of "El Relator", a university legal journal focused on International Law and International relations, apart from doing a few internships in various law firms and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture.
His academic interests are centred on various areas of EU law: the constitutional aspects of the Union´s law; the connection between EU and national law, the construction of the EU polity, the rule of law, the general principles and the protection of fundamental rights among others; the Law of the Economic and Monetary Union, including the banking union, the Law of the Common Commercial policy and International Trade and Investment Law.
Making Sense of the Growing Use of Litigation Over the Fundamental Values of the European Union
21 September 2023
Some Ideas for Research Agenda Combining Doctrinal Law and Empirical Legal Studies
Birth of the GEM-DIAMOND Fellowship of the Ph.D.
1 October 2022
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