Bogusia Puchalska

Dr. Bogusia Puchalska

Senior Lecturer

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB252

+44 (0) 1772 89 3940

Bogusia Puchalska graduated from the Warsaw School of Law and Administration with a first-class MA degree (5-year programme). She also completed LLM degree funded by an ESRC scholarship, and obtained a PhD from Lancaster University in 1998, funded by a British Academy scholarship.

Full Profile

Studying and living in the UK since early 1990s inspired Bogusia Puchalska's interest in comparative approaches to law, society and politics, which in turn led to a PhD on the comparison of socio-political aspects of property regimes in Britain and Poland. Her current research focuses on democratisation and constitutionalism, particularly their application to systemic transitions in Central and Easter Europe, but also to the constitutional system of Great Britain. Her teaching expertise is in the areas of Public Law of both the EU and UK, comparative and political studies, and research methodologies.

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society, Europe-Asia Studies, Current legal Issues and Political Studies. She is the author of Limits to Democratic Constitutionalism in Central and Eastern Europe (London: Ashgate 2011) (reviewed in Slavic Review, in 2013) which assesses the potential implications of the prospects of democratic consolidation and constitutionalism in Poland after 1989 and ask whether is it likely to be applicable to other transition countries, such as Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.


Puchalska, Bogusia A (2011) Limits to Democratic Constitutionalism in Central and Eastern Europe (Ashgate; ISBN: 978-1-4049-1893-9).

Puchalska, Bogusia A (2004) ‘Legal Education: Academic, Professional or Vocational?’ EJLE (European Journal of Legal Education), Vol. 1. no. 2, pp. 15-35

Puchalska, Bogusia A (2005) ‘Polish Democracy in Transition’ Political Studies, vol. 53; pp. 816-832.

Puchalska, Bogusia A (2014) ‘The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: Central European Opt- Outs and the Politics of Power’ Europe-Asia Studies Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 488-507

Further publications


Currently working on developing a new project on the crisis of democratic constitutionalism in the UK


The role of referenda in direct democracy, joint project with Centre for Direct Democracy Studies in Bialystok.


Module leader for the following LLM modules: Advanced Legal Research, Human Rights in International and European Contexts.

Tutor: European Union Law (LLB & GDL), Public/Constitutional Law.

External Activities

Visiting Researcher in the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Białystok, Poland (by invitation);

Member of editorial board of The Open Political Science Journal;

Participant in Assessing Accession network, sponsored by the UACES.