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

July 2, 2021
Ukraine's deoligarchization process and the fight for the rule of law

On July 1, I took part in an event co-organized by Chatham House and the Bertelsmann Foundation on Ukraine's crony capitalism. Instead of my usual role as a commentator on Ukrainian judicial reform, I brought in a comparative perspective from Romania and Bulgaria's anticorruption campaigns. I cited evidence of Romania's successful tackling of oligarchic political […]

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May 15, 2021
Chair's article wins a prize

Our 2020 article with Daniel Beers, “No Revolution of Dignity for Ukraine’s Judges” received the American Association of Ukrainian Studies Article Prize, awarded for the best article-length work in the field of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature and culture published in English.

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April 14, 2021
The 2021 Bulgarian election: A ‘QAnon turn’ for Eastern European politics?

I wrote a blogpost, with Prof Nikolay Marinov from University of Houston, for LSE’s EUROPP Blog on the April 2021 Bulgarian parliamentary elections. This was the most unexpected and interesting election in 20 years—read our analysis here.

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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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