Press release

Antoine Vauchez wins Michael Endres Prize

Interdisciplinary political scientist Vauchez joins the Jacques Delors Centre as visiting professor. His research focuses on Europe’s independent expert bodies and their challenges of technocracy and populism.

Berlin, 6 August 2021. Michael Endres Prize winner Antoine Vauchez will join the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School as a visiting professor with the beginning of the new Academic Year in September.

Antoine Vauchez is a Research Professor in political sociology and law at the National Center for Scientific Research at the University Paris 1-Sorbonne and a permanent Visiting professor at iCourts centre of excellence in Copenhagen. Vauchez is engaged in historical, political and critical sociology of law, researching fields such as international courts, judicial politics and law in relation to transnational politics and the European Union. 

Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Northwestern University), a Marie Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center (EUI), and visiting professor at various universities (Amsterdam University, Columbia University, Luiss, NYU Jean Monnet Center, Université libre de Bruxelles).

While being at the Jacques Delors Centre he wants to focus his research on Europe‘s independent expert bodies like Court of Justice, European Commission, and European Central Bank and how they navigate the challenges of technocracy and populism. Furthermore, he wants to continue the discussion on the reform of EU economic governance, particularly in the new context opened by Europe’s Recovery Fund, which is an excellent field for contributing to the Centre’s unique selling point of bridging academic research and policy analysis.

The Michael Endres Prize is a research and teaching award, bestowed annually since 2017 on a distinguished scholar working on topics related to the Hertie School’s research and teaching agenda. Since 2020, the prize is awarded as a 10-month visiting professorship at the school’s Jacques Delors Centre, a research centre and think tank focused on European governance.

“We are enthusiastic to have Antoine Vauchez at the Delors Centre, given our strong focus on the law and politics of European integration,” says Markus Jachtenfuchs, Director of the Jacques Delors Centre and Professor of European and Global Governance at the Hertie School.

Vauchez has co-authored a book with Pierre France on The Neoliberal Republic  – Corporate Lawyers, Statecraft, and the Making of Public-private France (Cornell University Press, 2020), as well as a book on How to Democratize Europe with Stéphanie Hennette, Thomas Piketty and Guillaume Sacriste (Harvard University Press, 2019) . His publications also include a monograph on a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (L’Union par le droit, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2013) and an edited volume with Bruno de Witte on the transnational field of European law (Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013).

The Michael Endres Prize is named for the long-time Chairman and current honorary Chairman of the Hertie Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Michael Endres, who was instrumental in founding the school in 2003 and who has helped guide its successful development since. The selection committee is chaired by former German President Horst Köhler. Former winners of the Michael Endres Prize include Frank Schimmelfennig (2020), Adrienne Héritier, Kathleen Thelen (both 2019), Anne-Marie Slaughter (2018) and Theodor Baums (2017).

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s, doctoral and executive education programmes distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.