The Centre of European Law and Politics (ZERP) at the University of Bremen is an interdisciplinary research institute. It encompasses the fields of Law, Political and Social Sciences and draws on political theory, international relations, gender studies, legal theory and sociology, as well as European and international constitutional law, business law and private law.
Established in 1982 , ZERP carries out innovative and highly regarded research in collaboration with the faculties of Law, Social and Economic Sciences of the University of Bremen. It is affiliated with the International Graduate School of Social Sciences, the collaborative research centre “Transformations of the State” (concluded) and the research association Welfare Societies, and in 2015 it was awarded a prestigious European Research Council grant for its “Transnational Force of Law” project.
In addition, ZERP also cooperates with renowned foreign partner institutions, inter alia ARENA–- Centre for European Studies, the University of Oslo, the European University Institute in Florence, the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford, the University of Sassari, the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S.Anna in Pisa and the University of Brasilia.
European law and politics as transnational constitutional politics
The ZERP umbrella research programme European law and politics as transnational constitutional politics is carried out in three sub areas: Economy and Social Justice, Human Rights and Ecology, and Transnational Democracy and Peace.