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A new website has been launched to showcase the work of SepaRope and brings together the various researchers, publications and events. It includes videos of all past speakers including Professor Bruno de Witte, Professor Christoph Moellers and Professor Deirdre Curtin.

Separation of powers is the fundamental framework that ensures the rule of law in modern democracies. Where and how has the emergence of a plurality of levels of government in Europe affected the functioning of the tripartite division of state functions? What are the consequences of the erosion of separation of powers? Who gains and who loses powers as a result of the changing forms of interaction? Would separation of powers need to be reconceptualized to serve its purpose? What other mechanisms of checks and balances exist?

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The new SepaRope website is the space where the much-needed debate is held on what happens in contemporary Europe to this time-tested central tenet of constitutionalism. Join us for our ongoing lecture series of distinguished thinkers, timely analyses of current events, and fundamental analysis of the underlying dynamics – all from the perspective of separation of powers. Christina Eckes

Our next big event is a workshop on Separation of powers and sustainability in EU trade policy on 4 June 2021. For more information visit

Further information about the SepaRope project

SepaRope stands for the ‘Separation of powers for 21st century Europe’ and is a joint project by Professor Christina Eckes (project leader) at the ACELG, Dr Anna Wallerman (CERGU) at the University of Gothenburg and Professor Päivi Leino-Sandberg at the The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI). The project was awarded funding in 2020 by the Norface Network, and is part of the ‘NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age programme.’