Juha Tuovinen, LLM

Research Fellow (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Project Activities


Other Activities and Research Interests

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory

Professional and Academic Background

Since 7/2017 Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Since 09/2012 PhD Candidate, European University Institute, Florence (Italy), Thesis: "Proportionality and Deference: Constitutional Rights and the Separation of Powers"

2010–2012 Researcher, South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional Law (SAIFAC), University of Johannesburg, UJ, (South Africa)

01/2010–06/2010 Foreign Research Clerk, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg (South Africa)

2007–2008 LLM Jurisprudence, European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels (Belgium)

2006–2007 LLM Public International Law, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)

2005–2006 Paris IV: Sorbonne Cours de Civilisation et Langue Française de la Sorbonne, Paris (France)

2002–2005 LLB Law and Politics, University of Wales, Cardiff (United Kingdom)


  • Theory, Practice and the Legal Enterprise. (with David Bilchitz) In: South African Public Law 25 (SAPL), 2011, pp 544–566.
  • The Role of International Law in Constitutional Adjudication: Glenister v President, In: South African Law Journal, Vol 4/2013, pp 661–672.
  • What to Do with International Law? Three Flaws in Glenister, In: Constitutional Court Review, 2014, pp 435–449.

Participation in Conferences

2017 UCL Postgraduate and Early Career Conference, UCL. Paper: 'Balancing, the Margin of Appreciation and European Consensus: Why the European Court of Human Rights Does Not Rely on European Consensus in Article 8-11, Why It Should, and How To Fix the Situation'

2017 Cambridge International and European Law Conference, Cambridge University. Paper: 'A Transformation in the Reasoning of the European Court of Human Rights?' 2016 Sixth YLS Annual Doctoral Conference. Yale Law School Paper 'A Phenomenology of Deference in Proportionality'

2016 Católica Graduate Legal Research Conference, Universidade Católica Paper: 'A Phenomenology of Deference in Proportionality' 2016 ICON-S Annual Conference, Humbold University, Berlin. Paper: 'The UK Supreme Court on Deprivation of Citizenship: Feast of Pham-ine'

2015 ICON-S Annual Conference, NYU School of Law. Paper: 'Balancing religious rights - The role of the separation of powers'

2014 The Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals, University of Oslo. Paper: 'Proportionality-Based Review and International Courts' 2014 Doctoral Training Course, EUI. Paper: 'Proportionality-Based Review and International Courts'

2013 Constitutional Court Review Workshop, Wits Business School. Paper: 'What to Do with International Law? Three Flaws in Glenister'

2011 Symposium on Religious Rights and Freedoms, University of Johannesburg. Paper: 'Islamic Headscarves - A Comparison of the Jurisprudence of the South African Constitutional Court and the ECHR'


ICON*S (International Society of Public Law)


  • Assistant Editor International Journal of Constitutional Law 2014-2016
  • Assistant Editor Constitutional Court Review