Tom Theuns is core tutor in Politics, Philosophy and Law at the University of Amsterdam, doctoral candidate at the Centre of International Relations (CERI) at Sciences-Po Paris and a Research Associate at the Center for Political Theory of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, working under the supervision of Professor Justine Lacroix. He holds an MPhil in Political Science from Balliol College, Oxford University, and a BA in Social Science (cum laude) from University College Maastricht.

His doctoral dissertation articulates a theory of democracy promotion and examines the legitimacy of EU democracy promotion in Eastern Europe and North Africa using the tools of international political theory and normative democratic theory. Previously, Tom has worked on global democracy and the boundary problem in democratic theory, on the concept of legitimacy in inter-state relations, the secret ballot, and toleration and the limits of sovereign authority.

Tom Theuns has taught undergraduate courses in political science, political theory, international relations, legal theory, research methodology and the history of political thought for Sciences Po's programmes in Paris and Reims, at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Maastricht. Prior to taking up his position at the University of Amsterdam, he was also a tutor in Sciences-Po's Masters programme in political theory. His most recent peer-reviewed publication has appeared in the Journal of European Integration (, articles are in press with the Australian Journal of Politics and History, the Journal of Contemporary European Research, and the Journal of Comparative Law.

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The Legitimacy-Discourse and the Justification of EU Foreign Policy in the European Neighbourhood under the supervision of Justine Lacroix


'Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and the Secret Ballot: Insights from Nineteenth Century Democratic Theory’, accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Politics and History

'Democratic Legitimacy, Desirability and Deficit in EU Governance', co-authored with Maurits de Jongh, accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary European Research

'Judge-Made Justifications and Democratic Legitimacy in French Criminal Law’, co-authored with Alice Dejean de la Bâtie, accepted for publication in the Journal of Comparative Law.

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