Dr Stephan Michel held Fiftieth PhD dissertation defense of the EDLE programme
Dr Stephan Michel held the fiftieth PhD dissertation defense in the European Doctorate in Law and Economics Programme (EDLE). On 19 January 2017 Michel defended his PhD thesis: ‘The Process of Constitution-making: A Law and Economics analysis’.
The PhD dissertation of Stephan Michel was the 50th defence in the EDLE since the start of the programme in 2005. His promotors were Prof. Stefan Voigt and Prof. Klaus Heine.
The EDLE programme started in October 2005 and was formed by the Erasmus University and the University of Bologna. The first EDLE PhD defense by Sonja Keske took place in December 2009. In the same year, the University of Hamburg joined the programme and with the Erasmus Mundus recognition through the European Commission in 2010 the EDLE grew from six PhD candidates per year to a group of about fifteen PhD candidates that started each year. When the Erasmus Mundus programme ended in 2015, the University of Haifa became a partner in the programme and the EDLE continued with a group of ten PhD candidates per year.
About the PhD dissertation of Stephen Michel
Michel’s dissertation ‘The Process of Constitution-making: A Law and Economics analysis’ analyses the question of how the process of constitution-making affects the written constitution. He analyses how the introduction of a stage of constitution-making influences the constitutional choice of form of government. The set of assumptions used for this model fits particularly well for new and unstable democracies.