• PhD (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)
  • LLB Law and German Law (University College London and Cologne University)
  • Bar Vocational Course (Bristol Law School)
  • Barrister (non-practising) (Lincoln's Inn)
  • PGCert HE (Middlesex University)

 

Joseph was awarded an LLB in Law with German Law in 2000 (University College London and Cologne University, Germany). He was called to the Bar and published as a Barrister (non-practising) in 2002 and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 2003. He successfully defended his PhD, Manifesto for the European Court: Democracy, decentred governance and the process-perfecting judicial shadow, at the European University Institute, Italy, in 2007.

He researches in the area of expertise and constitutionalism, particularly lawmaking outside traditional constitutional structures (including the EU, independent regulatory agencies, private bodies and transnational networks). He draws on constitutional, political and European integration theory, but grounds that theory by applying it to specific fields, including the regulation of telecoms, energy, food and drugs.

Within the broad theme of expertise and complex policymaking, he has written on combining lay and scientific opinion when making public policy to deal with scientifically uncertain health risks; the accountability structures when using pharmacoeconomics to ration public health services; and where Corporate Social Responsibility ends and public policy starts. He has a particular interest in administrative law theory and the constitutional role of the judiciary.

He has conducted research for the European Commission and is currently leading an AHRC-funded research project, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Making Europe in their Image: Communities of expertise and the shaping of transnational governance, which investigates a significant trend in European integration towards networking national policymakers who then discipline one another’s work softly, via peer-review, rather than through centralised institutions and hard law.

Languages spoken

German

Joseph is the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and coordinates undergraduate induction and mooting, both internally and externally. He currently teaches legal skills and theory as well as EU law. He is the Module Leader for the undergraduate module, Legal Method, and the Masters module, Issues in EU Law. He supervises PhDs in the area of EU law on topics as diverse as effective judicial protection and the role of the legal profession in promoting and protecting fundamental rights.

Doctoral students welcome in the following areas...

  • Legal and Political Theory
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • European Integration Theory
  • Transnational Networks
  • Judicial Reasoning
  • Telecoms Regulation
  • Food and Drugs Regulation
  • Risk Regulation
  • Corporate Governance

Research Publications

Evaluation of BEREC and the BEREC Office

Pierre, Philippe and Hanssens, Serge and Szenci, Krisztina and Kauffmann, Alain and Simpson, Seamus and Boeger, Nina and Corkin, Joseph (2012) Evaluation of BEREC and the BEREC Office. Working Paper. European Commission.

The resilience of sector-specific regulation in the liberalized sectors: structural necessities or institutional inertias?

Boeger, Nina and Corkin, Joseph (2013) The resilience of sector-specific regulation in the liberalized sectors: structural necessities or institutional inertias? In: Aims and Values in Competition Law. Heide-Jørgensen, Caroline and Neergaard, Ulla and Poulsen, Sune Troels and Bergqvist, Christian , eds. Djoef. ISBN 9788757427998

Are expert networks driving the trend towards soft transnational coordination?

Corkin, Joseph and Boeger, Nina (2013) Are expert networks driving the trend towards soft transnational coordination? In: Regulatory Hybridisation in the Transnational Sphere. Jurcys, P and Kjaer, P and Yatsunami, R , eds. Developments in International Law (65). Brill, pp. 149-169. ISBN 9789004233928 (Submitted (DO NOT USE - ineligible for repository))

How regulatory networks shaped institutional reform under the EU telecoms framework

Boeger, Nina and Corkin, Joseph (2011) How regulatory networks shaped institutional reform under the EU telecoms framework. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 14 . pp. 49-73.

Reconciling European integration and national sovereignty with a conflict of laws method: conceptually compelling, practically problematical?

Corkin, Joseph (2009) Reconciling European integration and national sovereignty with a conflict of laws method: conceptually compelling, practically problematical? In: Conflict of laws and laws of conflict in Europe and beyond: patterns of supranational and transnational juridification. Nickel, Rainer , ed. ARENA Report Series (1/09). Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State (ARENA), Oslo, Norway, pp. 361-400. ISBN 9788293137160

Constitutionalism in 3D: mapping and legitimating our lawmaking underworld

Corkin, Joseph (2013) Constitutionalism in 3D: mapping and legitimating our lawmaking underworld. European Law Journal, 19 (5). pp. 636-661. ISSN 1351-5993

Misappropriating citizenship: the limits of corporate social responsibility

Corkin, Joseph (2008) Misappropriating citizenship: the limits of corporate social responsibility. In: Perspectives on corporate social responsibility. Boeger, Nina and Murray, Rachel and Villiers, Charlotte , eds. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham. ISBN 0754638863

European law as conflicts law: the implications for individual autonomy.

Corkin, Joseph (2006) European law as conflicts law: the implications for individual autonomy. In: Europäisches Privatrecht im wissenschaftlichen Diskurs. Furrer, Andreas , ed. Stämpfli, Bern. ISBN 9783727226441

Science, legitimacy and the law: regulating risk regulation judiciously in the European Community

Corkin, Joseph (2008) Science, legitimacy and the law: regulating risk regulation judiciously in the European Community. European law review, 33 . ISSN 0307-5400

  • ‘Evaluation of BEREC and the BEREC Office’ (with N. Boeger, S. Hanssens, A. Kauffmann, P. Pierre, S. Simpson and K. Szenci), Study commissioned by the European Commission (March 2012-October 2012) (£3,338)

  • ‘Making Europe in their Image: Communities of expertise and the shaping of transnational governance’ (Principal Investigator, in collaboration with N. Boeger, University of Bristol), AHRC grant reference AH/I020306/1 (1 October 2011-30 June 2013) (£88,002)

  • ‘Rationing Drugs: A constitutional analysis’, ESRC application (April 2010) (unfunded, but short-listed for invitation only submission)

  • ‘Regulating Electronic Communications: Self-reinforcing expertise?’, British Academy application (March 2009) (unfunded, but Alpha-rated)