Philip Bajon’s main research interests lie in the fields of Contemporary History and interdisciplinary European Studies. His previous work concentrated on Europeanization in the interwar period and on French-German relations after the Second World War, including French foreign policy in the Gaullist era. Philip's current research focuses on the legal history of the European Union with a particular emphasis on constitutional debates within the European Communities over their decision-making, finalité politique and democratic quality.
Philip also has an interest in colonial and maritime studies.
Philip Bajon was born in Germany in 1978.
Philip read Medieval and Modern History, History of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Maîtrise, 2003) and the University of Bonn (Magister Artium, 2004). He subsequently obtained his French-German PhD in 2010 with summa cum laude from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research monograph deals with the European constitutional crisis of 1965-6, widely known as the "Common Market crisis" or the "empty chair crisis".
Philip was a Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute Florence during 2010-12. He held a Visiting Lectureship and Fellowship at the Institute for European Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 2012 and 2013. Subsequently, he taught graduate courses on the history of European integration and the history of the Cold War at the University of Cologne before moving as a Researcher to the Frankfurt Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in October 2015.