Jean Monnet Chair 
Europe & the Rule of Law
Maria Popova, McGill University 
The Jean Monnet Chair EUROL is a hub for teaching, research, and outreach on issues related to the independence of courts and the public prosecution, judicial reform, constitutional politics, and the rule of law in Europe. Currently, the Chair’s research focuses on the politics of corruption prosecutions and rule of law backsliding in Eastern Europe.

About the Director

Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard 2006) is the Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. She is also the Scientific Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Centre Montreal. Her research focuses on the rule of law, judicial reform, political corruption, populist parties, and legal repression of dissent across the post-Communist region. She teaches courses on European politics, comparative judicial politics, and research methods. She is currently writing a book on the politics of corruption prosecutions in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
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Blog

September 10, 2020
Eastern European governments tackling COVID

It’s been six months since the avalanche of Covid-spurred school closings, shelter-at-home, and lockdown orders. In March, no one would have predicted that Eastern European governments would be doing as well as they have at tackling the virus. But they have: A) All Eastern Europeans flattened the curve better than all Western Europeans.B) Populist and […]

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December 22, 2019
The criminal case against university student Yegor Zhukov

I recently gave an interview to the independent radio station Ekho Moskvy, on the recently concluded criminal case against university student, Yegor Zhukov. 21-year-old Zhukov attracted significant international attention with the closing statement he delivered at his trial on charges that he incited extremism online through his popular video blog. Specifically, I discussed how Russia’s […]

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November 9, 2019
My grandfather and the Communists

Today is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We think of 1989 as one of the most abrupt divides in history. We see the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe as unanticipated, lightening-swift and comprehensive. The images of Germans pushing down the Wall and spilling through the holes into the streets […]

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About me

Maria Popova (PhD, Harvard 2006) conducts research on the rule of law, judicial reform, political corruption, populist parties and legal repression of dissent across the post-Communist region. She teaches classes on European politics and research methods.

Contact me

Jean Monnet Chair EUROL
McGill University
855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
maria.popova [at] mcgill.ca
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