Associate Professor Dr. Martin Belov

born on 07.09.1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Scientific degrees

PhD in constitutional law (2009). Topic of the PhD thesis: “Direct Democracy – National and Comparative Legal Aspects”

Higher education

University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2004),

Master in Law. Graduated cum laude.

Specializations

  1. University of Oxford (UK) (2017)
  2. Institute for Federalism, Fribourg, Switzerland (2014)
  3. Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2011)
  4. Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany (2009)
  5. Technical University of Dresden, Germany (2006)
  6. University of Cologne, Germany (2006, 2009)
  7. University of Gent, Belgium (2004)
  8. University of Strasbourg “Robert Schumann”, France (2003)
  9. University of Hamburg, Germany (2002 - 2003)
  10. European Academy for Legal Theory, Brussels, Belgium (2001)
  11. University of Vienna, Austria (2001)
  12. “Society and Law of Germany”, ZEDES “Germanicum” (Dresden/Sofia) (1999-2001)
  13. University of Bremen, Germany (2000)

Scholarships

  • Konstantin et Zinovia Katzarovi Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Center for Advanced Studies (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • European Commission;
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD);
  • European Academy for Legal Theory (EALT, Brussels, Belgium);
  • University of Vienna (Austria)
  • University of Strasbourg “Robert Schumann” (France)
  • German and European Law Institute (Sofia, Bulgaria; Hamburg, Germany)

Professional Experience

  1. Permanent academic positions:

 

  • Associate Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2018 – till now)
  • Chief Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2011 – 2018)
  • Senior Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2009 – 2011)
  • Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2008-2009)
  • Lecturer in Constitutional and Comparative constitutional law at the New Bulgarian University, Law Department (2005 – 2016)
  • Lecturer in German Constitutional law and European law at ZEDES “Germanicum” (2005-2010)

  

  1. Other academic positions and temporary teaching experience:

 2.1. Visiting professorships

 • Visiting Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law at Europa-University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany (2017 and 2018)

• Visiting Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law at “Masaryk” University (Brno, Czech Republic) (2018)

• Visiting Professor in European Constitutional Law and Governance at European Law and Governance School, Athens, Greece (2017)

• Visiting Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Berufsakademie Sachsen, Staatlichen Studienakademie Bautzen (Germany) (2016)

  

2.2. Guest lectureships 

 

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Italy (2018)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at University of Södertorn, Stockholm, Sweden, (2017)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at Scuolla Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy (2016)

• Lecturer in European and Comparative Constitutional Law at a seminar organized by the European Parliament, Luxembourg (2016)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Warsaw, Poland (2015)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Lisbon, Portugal (2012)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at the State University of Milan, Italy (2011)

• Guest lecturer in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Cologne, Germany (2007-2009)

• Guest Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2005-2006)

 

  

  1. Academic research positions:
  • Guest Researcher at the Institute for Federalism, Fribourg, Switzerland (2014)
  • Project Researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies (2013-2014)
  • Expert of Justice Development Foundation (2011 - 2016)
  • Project researcher at Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2010- 2012)
  • PhD student in Constitutional law at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (2006-2008)
  • National and local referenda and elections observer in Switzerland (2009 - 2010)
  • Researcher on the project “The Judicial Power in Bulgaria in the Context of the Accession of Bulgaria to the EU: Reform of the State Investigators and State Prosecutors Office”, Center for Study of Democracy (2005)
  1. Public lectures:
  • University of Oxford (2018)
  • “Goethe” University, Frankfurt am Main and European Academy of Legal Theory (2018)
  • “Sigmund Freud” University, Vienna (2018)
  • LUISS “Guido Carli”, Rome, Italy (2016)
  • University of Lodz, Poland (2015)
  1. Administrative and other positions:
  • Academic director of the Summer school in European Constitutional and Administrative Law of the Law Faculty of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2016 until now)
  • Coordinator of the University Agency of the Francophonie for the Law Faculty of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2016 until now)
  • Erasmus coordinator of the Law Faculty of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2015 until now)
  • External Consultant of the National Assembly of Bulgaria (2011-2012)
  • Legislative assistant at the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria (2004-2005)

Membership in scientific organizations, commissions and councils

  • Member of the Board of Coordinators of the Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists (2014 until now)
  • Member of the Bulgarian Scientists Union, section “Legal sciences” (2014 until now)
  • Member of the Commission for Quality of Education of the Law Faculty of Sofia University St. Kliment Ochridski (2011 - until now)
  • Member of the Faculty Council of the Law Faculty of Sofia University St. Kliment Ochridski (2011 - until now)
  • Bulgarian association for philosophy of law and social philosophy
    • member of the governing board responsible for the international relations (2010 - until now)
    • member (2003 - until now)

Participation in international scientific projects

  1. EMU Choices (Salzburg Center for Studies of the EU, University of Salzburg, Austria) (2016 - 2018)
  2. The Constitutions of the Member States and the European Integration (Salzburg Center for Studies of the EU, University of Salzburg, Austria) (2016)
  3. Varieties of Democracy (University of Oslo, Norway and University of Gothenburg, Sweden) (2015-2016)
  4. The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance (7th Framework Program, European Research Council, University of Kent, UK) (2014)
  5. Human Dignity in Europe (University of Lucerne, Switzerland) (2014-2016)
  6. The Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the EU and its Application by the Courts of the EU Member States (University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, France) (2014-2017)
  7. Shaping Constitutional Rules for a Balanced Budget (Bucharest, Romania) (2014-2017)
  8. Administrative law and administrative reform in Eastern Europe (Oxford, Great Britain) (2012-2013)
  9. The Constitutional Law of the EU Member States (Nijmegen, Netherlands) (2012-2013)
  10. Establishment of National Legal Systems in Post-ottoman South Eastern Europe. Deconstruction, Formation and Transfer of Normativity (Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main) (2010-2012)
  11. The Constitutional Systems of the Central and Eastern European States (University of Pecz, Hungary) (2010)

Participation in national scientific projects

  1. The Supremacy of Law as a response to the financial and economic crime (Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Justice Development Foundation) (2013)
  2. The Judiciary between the Facts and Norms (Justice Development Foundation) (2012)
  3. Roman and Contemporary Public Law (University of Sofia “St.Kliment Ohridski” in cooperation with several Spanish universities) (2012)
  4. Equality – a Road to Progress (Comission for Protection of Discrimination and Justice Development Foundation) (2011)
  5. National and European Dimensions of the Contemporary Constitutionalism (University of Sofia “St.Kliment Ohridski”) (2010)
  6. 130 Years Bulgarian Constitutionalism – Problems and Tendencies (University of Sofia “St.Kliment Ohridski”) (2009)

Participation in scientific conferences

  1. 4th Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History “Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism” (Gdansk, Poland) (2016)
  2.  8th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists “Central and Eastern European socio-political and legal transition revisited - theoretical perspectives” (Budapest, Hungary) (2016)
  3. Rotterdam Law Network annual meeting devoted to the legal education (Konstanz, Germany) (2016)
  4. Comparative Law Methodology and National Constitutional Identity (Trento, Italy), (2015)
  5. 7th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists “Global Governance and its Effects on State and Law” (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2015)
  6. Law and Rights (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2015)
  7. Law and Legal Order (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2015)
  8. IACL Roundtable “Shaping constitutional rules for a balanced budget” (Bucharest, Romania), (2014)
  9. Constitutionalism and Transition in Eastern Europe: 25 Years Later (Sofia, Bulgaria), (2014)
  10. Assessing the EU’s Responsiveness to Constitutional Rights: Data Retention, Arrest Warrants and Beyond (Canterbury, UK), (2014)
  11. IX IACL World Congress of Constitutional Law “Constitutional Challenges – Global and Local (Oslo, Norway), (2014)
  12. 6th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists (Zagreb, Croatia) (2014)
  13. 135 Years Democratic Constitutional Tradition in Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2014)
  14. 135 Years Bulgarian Parliamentarism (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2014)
  15. Political Mobilization in East Central and Southeast Europe (Regensburg, Germany) (2014)
  16. Direct democracy in interdisciplinary and international context (Dresden, Germany) (2013)
  17. Constitutional Review and Democracy (Belgrade, Serbia) (2013)
  18. Role of the local self-government in the development of the territory: Russian and European experience (St. Petersburg, Russia) (2013)
  19. 5th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists (Greifswald, Germany) (2013)
  20. Administrative law and administrative reform in Eastern Europe (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  21. Constitutional guarantees and human rights and freedoms protection mechanisms (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  22. Social functions and legal nature of the fundamental human rights (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  23. The rights of the citizen as patient (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  24. Roman and contemporary public law (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  25. The Judiciary between the Facts and the Norms (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  26. Normative dimensions of the intimacy (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  27. The Supreme Judicial Council – what reforms are necessary and why? (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  28. The fiscal pact and the crisis of the Euro today and tomorrow (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  29. The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria – 20 years later – is a constitutional reform necessary? (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2011)
  30. Emergence of national legal systems in the post ottoman South East Europe. Deconstruction, formation and transfer of normativity (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2010)
  31. 20 years since the adoption of the fourth Bulgarian constitution – constitutional consensus and constitutional conflicts (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2010)
  32. The European Union After Lisbon - An Increased Closeness to Citizens? (Sofia, Bugaria) (2010)
  33. European dimensions of the contemporary constitutionalism (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2009)
  34. National dimensions of the contemporary constitutionalism (Borovetz, Bulgaria) (2009)
  35. Information technologies day at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ochridski”, Faculty of Law (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2009)
  36. Cultural transfer and cultural conflict (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2009)
  37. 130 years Bulgarian constitutionalism – the contemporary tendencies (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2008)
  38. 130 years Bulgarian constitutionalism – the classical problems (Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria) (2008)
  39. 7th International Workshop for Young Scholars (WISH): “Europe – a continent of immigration? Legal challenges in the construction of European migration policy” (Berlin, Germany) (2008)
  40. International scientific conference “Informatics in the scientific knowledge” (Varna, Bulgaria) (2008)
  41. Power change in the Central and Eastern Europe states (Cologne, Germany) (2008)
  42. Academic evening of ZEDES “Germanicum” (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2007)
  43. Problems of the electoral legislation in Bulgaria (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2006)
  44. XXI World Congress of IVR “Law and Politics” (Lund, Sweden) (2003)
  45. Legal argumentation (Hamburg, Germany) (2003)
  46. Epistemology and methodology of comparative law in the light of the European integration (Brussels, Belgium) (2002)
  47. Consumer Protection in the German and European law (Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria) (2002)
  48. Actual problems of the Bulgarian penal law (Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria) (2002)
  49. Actual problems of the German and European Commercial Law (Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria) (2002)

Organization of scientific conferences

  • 7th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists “Global Governance and its Effects on State and Law” (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2015)
  • Roman and Contemporary Public Law (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2012)
  • ECLN Congress Ceci n'est pas une Constitution - Constitutionalisation without a Constitution? (Sofia, Bulgaria) (2008)

Subjects taught

I. Courses taught on Permanent University Positions:

University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”

  • Constitutional Law (2005 – until now) (in Bulgarian)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law of the EU Member States (2010 – until now) (in English)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (2005 – until now) (in English and in Bulgarian)
  • Supranational Constitutionalism (2016 – until now) (in English)
  • Institutions and Decision Making Processes in the EU (2009 – 2015) (in Bulgarian)
  • Constitutional Democracy in the Multilevel Constitutionalism of the EU (2009 – 2017 г.) (in English)
  • Introduction into the Theory of State and Law (2014 – until now) (in English)

New Bulgarian University

  • Comparative Constitutional Law (2007 - 2016) (in Bulgarian)
  • Constitutional Law (2005 – 2009) (in Bulgarian)
  • Human Rights (2007-2009) (in Bulgarian)
  • International Protection of Human Rights (2007-2009) (in Bulgarian)
  • Electoral Law and Electoral Systems (2007-2008) (in Bulgarian)
  • Federations and Federalism (2006 – 2008) (in Bulgarian)
  • European Law - I Part (2006 – 2007) (in Bulgarian)
  • European Law - II Part (2006 – 2007) (in Bulgarian)
  • General Theory of Law (2006 – 2007) (in Bulgarian)

ZEDES “Germanicum”:

  • German Constitutional Law (2005-2009) (in German)
  • European Law (2006-2009) (in German)
  • Introduction in the Theory of Law (2008-2009) (in German)

 

II. Courses and Lectures taught as Guest Lecturer, “Erasmus” Guest Lecturer or Visiting Professor:

  1. Scuolla Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy – Comparative Constitutional Law (Territory and the Constitution) (2016) (in English)
  2. University LUISS “Guido Carli”, Rome, Italy – Comparative and European Constitutional Law (Financial Constitutionalism) (2016) (in English)
  3. European Parliament, Luxembourg (seminar for lawyers and translators working in the administration of the European Parliament) – Parliamentary Immunity – the Status of the MPs in the Constitutional Systems of the EU Member States and in the EU (2016) (in English)
  4. University of Warsaw, Poland – Comparative Constitutional Law (Constitutional Justice) (2015) (in English)
  5. University of Lodz, Poland – Comparative Constitutional Law (Political Parties and Party Systems) (2015) (in English)
  6. University of Cooperative Education (Dresden/Bautzen) – European and Comparative Constitutional Law (2015) (in German)
  7. University of Lisbon, Portugal – Comparative Constitutional Law (Direct Democracy) (2012) (in English)
  8. State University of Milan, Italy - Comparative Constitutional Law (The Bulgarian Constitutional System) (2011) (in English)
  9. University of Cologne, Institute for Eastern Law, Germany - Comparative Constitutional Law (The Bulgarian Constitutional System) (2007-2009) (in German)

Languages

• English - excellent

• German - excellent

• French – very good

• Russian – very good

• Bulgarian – mother tongue