Angela Tacea

Dr. Angela Tacea

Postdoctoral Researcher


Angela Tacea is a FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) postdoctoral fellow. She is affiliated with the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She is also an associated researcher at the Center for Europeans studies and comparative politics (CEE), Sciences Po Paris. She has been appointed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to act as a deputy judge to the French National Court of Asylum (CNDA).

Her postdoctoral project, ‘Who wins the legislative battle? Tracing legislative change and policy ideas in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, conducted in partnership with the VUB’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, aims to understand the balance of powers between the main European institutional actors in context of legislative decision-making in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). 

Her research and teaching interests are broadly in European decision-making process and constitutional law, with special focus on institutional actors and procedure, fundamental rights and justice and home affairs policies, e-government, civic techs and artificial intelligence. 

Before joining the VUB, she has been a temporary Lecturer in public law and political science at Université Paris 2 Panthéon- Assas. Angela completed her PhD at Sciences Po Paris (2010-2017). Her dissertation explains how national parliaments contribute to the decision-making process and the defense of human rights and civil liberties in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.



Angela Tacea (2020), Des gouvernements sous le regard de leur parlement. La participation des parlements français, italien et britannique à l’élaboration et au contrôle des politiques européennes de justice et de sécurité intérieure, LGDJ « Bibliothèque constitutionnelle et de science politique », Tome 154

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals 

Angela Tacea (2018), "Quand la JAI fait dissidence. Expliquer l’activité des parlements nationaux dans le domaine européen de liberté, de sécurité et de justice", Politique européenne, 2018/1 (N° 59), p. 58-93.

Angela Tacea (2015) “To Scrutinise or not to Scrutinise? Explaining Variation in EU-Related Activities in National Parliaments”, West European Politics, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp. 282-304 (cowritten with Katrin AUEL and Olivier ROZENBERG).

Angela Tacea (2014), "Le retour aux pratiques soviétiques ? Gouverner les sociétés plurilingues après la chute de l’Union Soviétique : le cas de la République de Moldavie", Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, Vol. 21, n° 4, pp. 27-47.

Angela Tacea (2013), "L’influence des parlements européens vis-à-vis de la politique européenne de contrôle des frontières. Le cas du Parlement français », Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review, XII (4), 657-672.

Book chapters

Angela Tacea (2020), “All buzz, no bite: the parliamentarisation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, in Diana FROMAGE et Anna Herranz-Surrallés (ed.), Executive-legislative (Im)balance in the European Union, Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Angela Tacea (2017), “The role of National Parliaments in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, in Ariadna RIPOLL SERVENT and Florian TRAUNER (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research, Londres: Routledge, pp. 434-444.

Angela Tacea (2016), "Freedom or Security? The Role of National Parliaments in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, in Raphael BOSSONG, Helena CARRAPICO (ed.), EU Borders and Shifting Internal Security - Technology, Externalization and Accountability, New York, Londres: Springer, pp. 177-198.

Angela Tacea (2016),  “Speaking with one Voice? The Use of the Early Warning Mechanism by the Two Houses of the French Parliament” in Anna JONSSON CORNELL and Marco GOLDONI (ed.), National and Regional Parliaments in the EU legislative procedure after Lisbon: the impact of the Early Warning Mechanism, Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp.253-270.

Angela Tacea (2015), "Europe in the 2012 French Presidential Election" dans Riccardo BRIZZI et Gabriel GOODLIFFE (ed), France after 2012, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp.152-168 (cowritten with Renaud DEHOUSSE).

Angela Tacea (2015), "The Slow Adaptation of the New Member States: the Romanian Parliament and the European Integration" dans Claudia HEFFTLER, Christine NEUHOLD, Olivier ROZENBERG and Julie SMITH (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.613-631.

Angela Tacea (2015), "The French Parliament and the EU “Shadow Control” through the Government Majority" in Claudia HEFFTLER, Christine NEUHOLD, Olivier ROZENBERG and Julie SMITH (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 170-190 (co-written with Anja THOMAS).

Angela Tacea (2015), "Fighting Back? And if Yes, How? Measuring Parliamentary Strength and Activity in EU Affairs in Claudia HEFFTLER, Christine NEUHOLD, Olivier ROZENBERG and Julie SMITH (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 60-93 (co-written with Katrin AUEL, Olivier ROZENBERG).

Angela Tacea (2013), "Le presidentiali del 2012 e l’Europa" in Riccardo BRIZZI et Gabriel GOODLIFFE (ed.), La Francia di Hollande, Bologna: Il Mulino (co-written with Renaud DEHOUSSE).

Conference papers (the most recent ones)

Angela Tacea (2020), "Do Formal Rules Determine Actors’ Capacity to Influence Legislative Outcomes? A Case Study of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice", 48th European Consortium for Political Research Joint sessions (online event)

Angela Tacea (2019), “From the respect of national legal diversity to political motivation: the use of reasoned opinions by national parliaments in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Madrid

Angela Tacea (2019), "La parlementarisation de l’Espace européen de justice et de sécurité intérieure",15e Congrès de l’Association Française de Science Politique, Bordeaux

Angela Tacea (2018) Inaugural conference of the Joint Master in Parliamentary Procedures and Legislative Drafting “The Transformation of Legislative Drafting by Technology Innovation”, Rome.



Data for policymaking: An analysis of the use of data by the EU Commission for policymaking; Author: Fauconnier, A. & Tacea, A., 8 Jun 2020; Supervisor: Tacea, A. (Promotor) & Shahin, J. (Jury)

Is Forum voor Democratie part of the radical right? A case study into the main ideological components of Forum voor Democratie in the Netherlands; Author: Goossens, C. M. & Erzeel, S., 8 Jun 2020; Supervisor: Erzeel, S. (Promotor) & Tacea, A. (Jury)

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