Ermal Frasheri

Ermal Frasheri

Ermal Frasheri

S.J.D. Candidate

Graduate Fellow

LL.M. Advisor

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Situating Regional Integration in the Discourse of Development Strategies: Perspectives on the Legal Reform

In this dissertation I intend to explore the relationship between norms adopted in the framework of implementing development and legal reform programs, and the preparation of the Southeast European countries for membership in the European Union. My thesis is that development strategies should factor in the dynamics of the relationship between countries and regional organizations, and consequently in order to conceptualize a development program for a country or group of countries one needs to analyze the nature of that relationship and how it will affect development. My assumption is that these dynamics could have a determinant role in the political outcomes regarding the stability of democratic institutions, rule of law and economic development for the concerned countries, and therefore they are necessary in preparing development strategies.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Law and Development, with Professor David W. Kennedy, Harvard Law School, Overall Faculty Supervisor
  • International Law: Dynamics of Development and Transposition of Norms , with Professor Joel Trachtman, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Comparative Politics: European Union, with Professor Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University and Daniela Caruso, Boston University Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Legal Theory
  • Comparative Law
  • Corporate Governance


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2005-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2004-2005
  • Jagiellonian University, Magister Prawa (Mag. jur.) 2000
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Krakow 1999

Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, 2005-2006, Graduate Fellow, LL.M. Advisor
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Fulbright Scholar 2003-2004

Representative Publications

  • Legal Reform: Facing Problems and Perspectives of the Legislative Process and the Adoption of International Standards, unpublished LL.M. Paper, May 2005
  • The Position of International Norms in the National Law, Tribuna Juridike (Juridical Tribune), May 2004
  • Approximation of Albanian Legislation with the EC Acquis, Negotium (periodical of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), January 2003
  • Clarity in the Expression of Concepts, Tribuna Juridike (Juridical Tribune), June 2002

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Polish, French (conversational), Italian (conversational), Albanian (native)



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