Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Birmingham Law School
Associate Professor in Law
Director of Postgraduate Research

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Bosko Tripkovic researches and teaches in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional theory, constitutional law, and EU law. His book The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication (Oxford University Press 2017) develops an original theory of the role of values in constitutional reasoning, and combines insights from comparative constitutional law and metaethics. Dr Tripkovic has won the 2016 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the best thesis in the field of comparative law defended at the European University Institute, and the 2020 Special Mention Award from International Journal of Constitutional Law for his article ‘The Morality of Foreign Law’.


  • 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
• Adam Metzger, Universalism, Relativism, and the Human Right to Development
• Constantina Lazaridou, Fundamental Rights and the Internal Market
• Marc Johnson, Metaphysics of Parliamentary Sovereignty
• Duaa Hassan, Restrictions of Freedom of Political Expression on Campus

Past PhD students
• Albert Nell, Philosophical Justifications in International Criminal Law Jurisprudence

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.



  • The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication (Oxford University Press 2017) 
    Longer review essays:
    • J Lindeboom, ‘In Search of Foundations: Ethics and Metaethics in Constitutional Adjudication’ (2019) 82(6) Modern Law Review 1157.
    • KL Murray, ‘The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication’ (2020) 11(1) Jurisprudence 140.
    • P-A Van Malleghem, ‘Getting Morality Right in Constitutional Adjudication’ (2020) 16 European Constitutional Law Review 552.
  • Ravnopravnost i razlike: pravo žena na političko reprezentovanje [Equality and Differences: Women’s Right to Political Representation] (Stylos/CEMI 2007)

Articles and chapters

  • B Tripkovic, ‘Constructing the Constitutional Self: Meaning, Value, and Abuse of Constitutional Identity’ (2020) 11(2) Union University Law Review 359.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘The Morality of Foreign Law’ (2019) 17(3) International Journal of Constitutional Law 732.
    Special Mention Award: ICON, 2020.
  • B Tripkovic and J Zglinski, ‘Contestation and Accommodation: Constitutional and Private Law Pluralism(s) in the EU’ in L de Almeida, MC Gamito, M Durovic, K Purnhagen (eds), The Transformation of Economic Law (Hart Publishing, 2019).
  • B Tripkovic and D Patterson, ‘Legal Pragmatism’ in M Sellers and S Kirste (eds) Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Springer, 2017), with Dennis Patterson.
  • A Wechsler and B Tripkovic, ‘Enforcement in Europe as a Market of Justice’ in Hans-W Micklitz and Andrea Wechsler (eds) The Transformation of Enforcement (Hart Publishing, 2016).
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Judicial Comparativism and Legal Positivism’ (2014) Transnational Legal Theory (5)2: 285-313.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Militantna demokratija i autonomija’ [Militant Democracy and Autonomy - in Serbian]’ 2013 4(2) Pravni zapisi 399.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘A Constitutional Court in Transition: Making Sense of Constitutional Adjudication in Post-authoritarian Serbia’ in A Brewer-Carias (ed) Constitutional Courts as Positive Legislators (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Nastanak odgovornosti šefa države u Nemačkoj i Austriji: opoziv i sudski impičment u perspektivi polupredsedničkog sistema' [The Emergence of Head of State's Accountability in Germany and Austria: Recall and Judicial Impeachment in Semi-Presidential System Perspective - in Serbian] (2009) 43(3) Zbornik radova Pravnog Fakulteta u Novom Sadu 347.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘O odgovornosti šefa države u Srbiji: dva nedovršena koncepta [On Accountability of the Head of State in Serbia: Two Unfinished Concepts – in Serbian]’ [2009] Glasnik Advokatske komore Vojvodine 278.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Evropski nalog za hapšenje u praksi ustavnog sudstva: ka kooperativnom konstitucionalizmu [European Arrest Warrant in Constitutional Courts’ Case Law: Pursuing Cooperative Constitutionalism – in Serbian]’ (2008) 42(2) Zbornik radova Pravnog fakulteta u Novom Sadu 785.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Pojam odgovornosti u ustavnom pravu: pokušaji tipologije [The Notion of Accountability in Constitutional Law: Towards a Taxonomy - in Serbian]’ (2008) 14(6) Pravni život 819.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Pravo na pristup informacijama od javnog značaja u Evropskoj uniji [Right of Access to Information in the European Union – in Serbian]’ (2007) 41(3) Zbornik radova Pravnog fakulteta u Novom Sadu 415.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Paritetna reforma izbornih propisa u Francuskoj: namere, dometi i posledice [Parity Reform of Electoral Legislation in France: Intentions, Achievements and Consequences – in Serbian]’ (2006) 12(4) Pravni život 1073.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Pravne pretpostavke učešća žena u odlučivanju o javnim poslovima i novi ustav Srbije [Legal Preconditions for Women's Participation in Public Decision-Making and the New Serbian Constitution – in Serbian]’ in D Bataveljic (ed) Odjeci Sretenja: Srbija u potrazi za novim ustavom (Grad Kragujevac, 2006).
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Regulisanje aktivnog i pasivnog biračkog prava na nivou Evropske unije [Active and Passive Suffrage in the EU – in Serbian]’ [2005] Glasnik Advokatske komore Vojvodine 383.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Politička prava i slobode: međunarodni standardi i njihova implementacija u domaćem pravu [Political Rights and Freedoms: International Standards and their Implementation – in Serbian]’ (2004) 38(2) Zbornik radova Pravnog fakulteta u Novom Sadu 95.
  • B Tripkovic, ‘Sistemi sudske kontrole ustavnosti [Systems of Judicial Review of Legislation – in Serbian]’ in B Nenadic (ed) Ustavni sud Srbije - u susret novom ustavu (Ustavni sud Republike Srbije, 2004).
  • B Tripkovic, ‘The Italian System of Judicial Review of Legislation’ (2003) 37(2) Zbornik radova Pravnog fakulteta u Novom Sadu 255.

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  • 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

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