Regitze Helene Rohlfing Frederiksen

Regitze Helene Rohlfing Frederiksen

PhD fellow

Regitze Helene Rohlfing is a PhD fellow at the Department of Political Science 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.  

Regitze is part of the Centre for European Politics at Copenhagen University. She is also a member of the 'European Union'-ECPR standing group and the 'Participation and Mobilisation'-ECPR standing group. Regitze is furthermore a member of the Danish NGO Nyt Europa's 'Democracy Group'.

PhD project: 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. 

Supervisor: Professor Marlene Wind 

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 has been teaching the Jean Monnet course at the Department of Political Science from spring 2016 to srping 2020. In the spring the course focuses on the EU as an internal actor, and in the fall it focuses on the Politics of the European Union including central structures and processes of the EU. 

Regitze is happy to teach and supervise in the fields of the EU, democracy theory, social movements, European courts, judicial integration, Central- and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Arab spring and other democratization movements as well as international relations, diplomacy and conflict studies

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

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