Radosveta Vassileva

legal scholar

Radosveta Vassileva (1985-) is a Bulgarian legal scholar, social advocate and commentator of rule of law issues. She contributes to Euronews, the EUobserver, New Eastern Europe and others.

Radosveta Vassileva, legal scholar (2019)


  • Ultimately, harmonization between England, France, and Bulgaria, at least on the question of hardship in commercial contracts, seems impossible at this stage. The question, which remains, is how troublesome this is.
    • Harmonization impossible? On the evolution of the English, French, and Bulgarian approach to hardship in commercial agreements, "[1]", Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Vol. 2017, Issue 112
  • The parallels between communism and Bulgaria's current regime are inevitable — not only are some of the actors the same, they have also revived the repressive practices of the past.
  • Os populistas têm duas grandes cartas: imigrantes e minorias.
  • While pro-European commentators fear the rise of the far-right on a pan-European scale, Bulgaria’s case illustrates that mainstream parties like the EPP have contributed to the legitimization of far-right rhetoric and policies.
  • What is fascinating about Bulgarian contract law is that one can discern continuity despite drastic political changes — a feature, which has not been captured by mainstream comparative taxonomies.
    • On the Diverging Conceptions of Fairness in English and Bulgarian Contract Law: The Peculiar Transformation(s) of Roman Causa, "[5]", Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Vol. 2019
  • While it is easy to take the microphone away from a journalist, especially in Bulgaria, many questions will eventually catch up with the new commission president. For instance: what is the price of the rule of law in the EU?; how does her team gather country information?; how much does she value transparency?; is she worried about the misuse of EU funds?; is prosperity a new EU synonym for poverty in Brussels?
    • Why did von der Leyen endorse bad politics?,"[6]", the EUobserver (September 2, 2019)
  • ...it is certain that Bulgarian football hooliganism is just the visible part of a more complex issue: corruption and xenophobia have embraced each other.
    • Racism at the heart of Bulgarian football is becoming a litmus test for the rule of law, "[7]", Euronews (November 1, 2019)
  • Muitos analistas modernos têm-se concentrado em explicar os problemas com o comunismo e as suas repercussões no leste europeu e na Rússia. O comunismo continua a ser um objeto de estudo para politólogos. Em contraste, a memória do fascismo tem-se desvanecido e é um objeto de estudo sobretudo para historiadores. Isto torna mais fácil para os políticos confundirem e brincarem com ideias fascistas.
    • Translation from Portuguese: Many modern analysts have been focused on explaining the troubles with communism and its repercussions as seen in Eastern Europe and Russia. Communism remains a topic of study for political scientists. In contrast, the memory of fascism has slightly faded away. It is a topic of study primarily for historians. This makes it easier for politicians to muddle and play with fascist ideas.
    • Sete breves exemplos da aparente “retórica reconfortante” da extrema-direita e uma explicação sobre a extrema-esquerda, "[8]", Expresso (November 14, 2019)