Regitze H Rohlfing-Frederiksen

Regitze H Rohlfing-Frederiksen

PhD fellow

Regitze Helene Rohlfing is a PhD fellow at the Department of Political Science (Centre for European Politics) and iCourts at Faculty of Law. Her project is situated between the fields of political science and law with a focus on how civil society can mobilize against and impact the democratic backsliding taking place in Central and Eastern Europe and how interaction with the EU - both its political and judicial framework - might affect this. As such, Regitze's research focuses on the different relevant aspects of democracy theory, civil society and social movements, courts and judicialization (from below) as well as the EU. The project is both empirically and theoretically driven, as it studies and discusses how we can define and conceptualise the relationship between civil society and democratic backsliding based on how it takes place on the ground in Hungary and Poland.  

Professor Marlene Wind (DPS)
Co-supervisor: Professor Mikael Rask Madsen (LAW)

Research stay as visiting PhD student: 

University of Warsaw, Department of Political Systems in Poland.
Central European University's Democracy Institute in Hungary. 

Fieldwork: Poland and Hungary in autumn 2021.

Regitze is a board member of the Danish NGO Nyt Europa, which is working on issues of democracy and civil society across Europe. She is furthermore founder of the Network for Young Women Scholars, which work to build connection and share experiences amongst female scholars across disciplines, universities and countries.

Previous research
Regitze has previously, as part of her master's degree, researched the relationship between civil society and the EU in the process of democratization of North Africa following the Arab Spring. Regitze has for this purpose conducted field studies in Morocco and Tunisia founded by the Danish Institute in Damascus. 



Regitze was supervising master's thesis in the spring of 2021 with a focus on social movements, the EU, and the democratic backsliding of Poland and Hungary.

Regitze was part of the teaching team for the BA-course 'European Politics' for the Fall term 2020. Regitze has been teaching the Jean Monnet course at the Department of Political Science from spring 2016 to spring 2020. In the spring the course focused on the EU as an internal actor, and in the fall it focused on the Politics of the European Union including central structures and processes of the EU. 

Fields of interest

  • Empirical cases of democratic backsliding (in Central and Eastern Europe)
  • Theoretical conceptualisation of democratic backsliding (fx autocratic legalism, autocratic constitutionalism, constitutional capture, lawfare)
  • Civil society and social movements 
  • The EU 
  • Democratic theory and democratization
  • European courts and legal integration in the EU
  • Legal mobilization of civil society and judicialization from below
  • EU's foreign policy, eg. the neighbourhood policy
  • International relations, diplomacy and conflict studies
  • Geographical areas of special interest: Central- and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the EU's Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods.

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