Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Birmingham Law School
Associate Professor in Law

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Bosko Tripkovic’s research explores the metaphysical, meta-ethical and moral foundations of public law. His work has appeared in world-leading generalist journals (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies), as well as the best journals in legal philosophy (Legal Theory) and constitutional law (International Journal of Constitutional Law). Dr Tripkovic’s book The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication (Oxford University Press 2017) develops an original theory of the role of moral values in constitutional reasoning. His article ‘The Morality of Foreign Law’ won the Special Mention Award from the International Society of Public Law in 2020, and his doctoral thesis was awarded the Mauro Cappelletti Prize in 2016. 

Dr Tripkovic sits on the Executive Editorial Board of Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought. He has performed various expert roles in a number of organizations (such as the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and OSCE), and he has been invited to deliver judicial training in Mexico and Serbia.


  • PhD (European University Institute)
  • LLM (European University Institute)
  • MJur (University of Oxford)
  • MPhil (University of Novi Sad)
  • LLB (University of Novi Sad)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Birmingham)


Dr Tripkovic holds PhD and LLM degrees from the European University Institute, MJur degree from the University of Oxford, and MPhil and LLB degrees from the University of Novi Sad. He has previously worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the European University Institute and as a lecturer at the University of Novi Sad, and he has held visiting positions at New York University and the University of Glasgow. Dr Tripkovic is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Current teaching

  • Introduction to Legal Research (module leader, LLM)
  • Legal Theory (LLB)

Past teaching

  • Comparative Public Law (module leader, LLB)
  • Advanced Constitutional Law (module leader, LLB)
  • Advanced EU Law (LLB)
  • Legal Foundations of the European Union (LLB)
  • Jurisprudence (LLB)

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Tripkovic’s areas of supervision include:
• Jurisprudence/Legal Philosophy
• Constitutional law
• European Union law
• Human rights law

Dr Tripkovic particularly welcomes proposals for postgraduate research with a strong theoretical and/or comparative component. Potential students are invited to get in touch via e-mail to discuss their preliminary research proposals.

Current PhD students
• Marc Johnson, Metaphysics of Parliamentary Sovereignty
• Duaa Hassan, Restrictions of Freedom of Political Expression on Campus
• Khalid Khedri, Sovereignty, Colonialism, and the Construction of International law
• Kate Webster, Constitutional Protection of Property
• Matthew Wall, Can a Kelsenian Concept of Law be Defended in the 21st Century?

Past PhD students
• Albert Nell, Philosophical Justifications in International Criminal Law Jurisprudence
• Adam Metzger, Universalism, Relativism, and the Human Right to Development
• Constantina Lazaridou, Fundamental Rights and the Internal Market

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Dr Tripkovic’s research focuses on the philosophical and moral foundations of constitutional law, EU law, and human rights law. His book ‘The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication’, which explores the metaethical foundations of value-based arguments in constitutional adjudication, is available on Oxford Scholarship Online and Oxford University Press websites. Dr Tripkovic has most recently published on the philosophical aspects of the use of foreign law in constitutional reasoning, and on the idea of pluralism in EU law. His latest publications are available on SSRN and Academia. In his current research, Dr Tripkovic explores the metaphysical and normative grounds of human rights law and adjudication.

For research updates, follow him on twitter: @BoskoTripkovic.


Recent publications


Tripkovic, B 2017, The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication. Oxford Constitutional Theory, Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198808084.001.0001


Tripkovic, B & Patterson, D 2023, 'The Promise and Limits of Grounding in Law', Legal Theory. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352325223000149

Tripkovic, B & Zysset, A 2023, 'Uncovering the Nature of ECHR Rights: An Analytical and Methodological Framework', Human Rights Law Review, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngad034

Tripkovic, B 2021, 'A new philosophy for the margin of appreciation and European consensus', Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqab031

Tripkovic, B 2020, 'Constructing the Constitutional Self: Meaning, Value, and Abuse of Constitutional Identity', Union University Law Review, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 359-384.

Tripkovic, B 2019, 'The morality of foreign law', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 732–755. https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/moz065

Tripkovic, B 2014, 'Judicial Comparativism and Legal Positivism', Transnational Legal Theory, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 285-313. https://doi.org/10.5235/20414005.5.2.285

Tripkovic, B 2009, 'Nastanak odgovornosti šefa države u Nemačkoj i Austriji: opoziv i sudski impičment u perspektivi polupredsedničkog sistema', Zbornik radova Pravnog Fakulteta u Novom Sadu , pp. 347-373.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Tripkovic, B & Zglinski, J 2019, Contestation and accommodation: constitutional and private law pluralism(s) in the EU. in L de Almeida, M Cantero Gamito, M Djurovic & KP Purnhagen (eds), The Transformation of Economic Law: Essays in Honour of Hans-W. Micklitz. Hart Publishing.

Tripkovic, B & Wechsler, A 2016, Enforcement in Europe as a Market of Justice. in H-W Micklitz & A Wechsler (eds), The Transformation of Enforcement: European Economic Law in a Global Perspective. Hart Publishing, Oxford and Portland, pp. 377-403.

Tripkovic, B 2011, A Constitutional Court in Transition: Making Sense of Constitutional Adjudication in Post-authoritarian Serbia. in AR Brewer-Carias (ed.), Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators : A Comparative Law Study. Cambridge University Press, pp. 735-766.

Book/Film/Article review

Tripkovic, B 2023, 'Book Review: European Consensus between Strategy and Principle: The Uses of Vertically Comparative Legal Reasoning in Regional Human Rights Adjudication, by Jens T. Theilen. (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2021)', Common Market Law Review, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 1186–1189. <https://kluwerlawonline.com/JournalArticle/Common+Market+Law+Review/60.4/COLA2023089>

Commissioned report

Tripkovic, B 2023, Skupštinska kontrola vlade: Smjernice za poslanike i poslanice. Centar za demokratsku tranziciju (CDT).

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Tripkovic, B & Patterson, D 2019, Legal Pragmatism. in M Sellers & S Kirste (eds), Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Springer.

Review article

Tripkovic, B 2013, 'Militantna Demokratija i Autonomija', Union University Law Review, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 399-418.

View all publications in research portal



  • Philosophical foundations of judicial review
  • Legitimacy of post-national judicial review
  • Legal-philosophical aspects of the use of foreign law in constitutional reasoning
  • Judicial review in transitional societies
  • Constitutionalism and democratic transition
  • Militant democracy
  • Impeachment and responsibility of the head of state
  • Transformation of legal enforcement in Europe