Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

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Position Professor of Law
Department Law
Email d.giannoulopoulos (@gold.ac.uk)
Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos holds the Inaugural Chair in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dimitrios has gained his PhD at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris I).  He studied Law at the University of Athens, and holds postgraduate degrees in criminal law and criminal justice from the Universities of Athens, Aix-Marseille and Brunel. He was admitted to the Athens Bar in December 2000, and is a member of the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association.

Before joining Goldsmiths, Dimitrios was an Associate Dean at the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London (2014-2018), and the Deputy Head of Brunel Law School (2009-2013).


Dimitrios’ innovative approach to teaching has been recently recognised by the award of a Senior Academic Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.  Dimitrios has designed and will be coordinating Goldsmiths’ pioneering Law degree. He oversaw the restructuring of Brunel Law School’s LLB programme in 2013, was awarded several teaching prizes by Brunel University and Law School, and kick started a number of successful research, educational and professional development initiatives there. His educational experience has also been shaped by academic studies and research at leading higher education institutions, including the Sorbonne, Athens, Aix-Marseille, Columbia Law School and Yale Law School.


Dimitrios has world leading expertise in how human rights norms on criminal justice are applied in national jurisdictions across different legal cultures. He has published widely on suspects’ rights, evidence obtained in violation of the right to privacy and the application of ECHR jurisprudence in the domestic criminal process. His monograph on Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing) is the first book to offer an extensive cosmopolitan insight into the ‘exclusionary rule’ debate.

Public engagement

As director of the ‘Britain in Europe’ thinktank and the ‘Knowing Our Rights’ project, Prof Giannoulopoulos has undertaken significant public engagement activity in recent years, including two colloquia at the British Academy (October 2016 and February 2017), public debates on 'what lies ahead with Brexit' (in October and December 2016) and a debate on the future of the Human Rights Act, with the former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP (February 2016). He has also put together a series of film screenings and public talks at the BFIRegent Street Cinema and the Frontline club (June and November 2017). He also oversees the delivery of human rights workshops to A level students in schools across London and the UK.

Featured Publications

Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2019)

'"Falling on Deaf Ears": Looking for the Salduz Jurisprudence in Greece' in Jackson, J. and Summers, S. (eds.) Obstacles to fairness in Criminal Proceedings: Individual Rights and Institutional Forms (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2018)

'Fair trial rights in the UK post Brexit: out with the Charter and EU law, in with the ECHR?' (2016) New Journal of European Criminal Law 387

Brexit: Opportunities, Challenges and the Road Ahead (London, Britain in Europe thinktank, October 2016)

'Strasbourg Jurisprudence, Law Reform and Comparative Law: A Tale of the Right to Custodial Legal Assistance in Five Countries' (2016) 16 Human Rights Law Review 103

‘What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for the UK?’ European Human Rights Law Review, 2019(1), pp. 1-10.


  • The Conversation (November 2017): 'EU citizens’ rights and Brexit negotiations: both sides could be violating human rights law'
  • Europe Street News (November 2017): 'A violation of the right to private family life'
  • The Guardian (October 2017): letter to the editor on Chris Heaton-Harris' request to VCs to name Brexit lecturers
  • The Express (October 2017): 'End EU migrant uncertainty: expert says UK could be punished by human rights court'
  • LBC 'Nick Ferrari at breakfast' (July 2017): interviewed by Matt Frei on 'Britons in Europe: is the EU stepping up the pressure?'
  • UK in a Changing Europe (June 2017): 'EU citizens' rights: the fair and serious offer that wasn't'
  • The Express (June 2017): 'Corbyn could ditch hard Brexit: expert warns Labour are preparing shock EU U-turn'
  • UK in a Changing Europe (May 2017): 'Brexit's long shadow on the ECHR'
  • EU Reporter (May 2017): interview on 'Brexit: call for unilateral guarantees for the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU"
  • The Times (March 2017): 'The Brief' quoting Dimitrios' interview with Martha Spurrier 
  • Fair Trials (January 2017): Interviewed on 'Academics and trainings are key to strengthening fair trials'
  • LBC (December 2016): interviewed by Clive Bull on the second day of the Miller case
  • LSE Brexit (November 2016): 'The Article 50 ruling means Parliament must not merely rubber-stamp Brexit with a three-line bill'
  • LSE Brexit (November 2016): 'Britain must hold fast to the European Convention on Human Rights as it leaves the EU'
  • International Corporate Rescue (September 2016): 'The hidden dimension of Brexit: Brexiting Europe'
  • The Conversation (June 2016): ' "Brexit" global rection to Britain's vote to leave the EU'
  • The Guardian (July 2016): 'The status of the EU citizens in the UK requires immediate attention'
  • The Conversation (June 2016): 'A powerful vision of Britain as a European leader: thank Gordon Brown for that'
  • Fair Trials (May 2016): 'The shifting terrain for suspects' rights in Europe: the right to legal assistance saga in the Netherlands'
  • Solicitors Journal (November 2015): 'Draft plans for UK Bill of Rights plainly flawed'
  • Fair Trials (February 2016): 'How Strasbourg jurisprudence helps transform national law: the example of the right to custodial legal assistance' 
  • Arise News (July 2015): TV interview on the decision of the Greek Council of state on the constitutionality of the Greek referendum
  • The Conversation (May 2015): 'For the sake of Greece, they must get the Golden Dawn trial right'
  • Arise News (April 2015): TV interview on the Golden Dawn trial
  • Daily Telegraph (April 2015): 'What is the Golden Dawn trial about?'
  • Arise News (April 2013): TV interview on Miranda rights, public safety and the Boston marathon bomber


  • Sputnik Radio (April 2018): UK hostile environment – a strategy to ‘alienate the vulnerable’
  • ERT TV (February 2018): Comment on letter from Chris Heaton-Harris MP on academics teaching on Brexit
  • Nea Selida (January 2018): 'Quo Vadis Great Britain?'
  • Nea Selida (November 2017): 'The Corbyn phenomenon in Great Britain'
  • Ta Nea (November 2017): Quoted in 'The winter is coming, Brexit will be arriving late'
  • Nea Selida (October 2017): 'Brexit up in the air, Theresa May's in despair'
  • Le Parisien (June 2017): 'May veut rassurer les Européens installés au Royaume-Uni'
  • Ta Nea (June 2017): 'Held prisoner by Dawning Street'
  • Action 24 TV (June 2017): interviewed on the result of the June 8th elections and Brexit
  • ERT TV (May 2017): interviewed on Greek national television on the protection of EU citizens' rights in the UK
  • Efimerida twn Sintaktwn (May 2017): Quoted in 'The new Iron Lady' 
  • Real News (May 2017): Quoted in 'France makes Brexit more difficult'
  • Akti Miaouli (March 2017): Quoted in 'Theresa May opens Pandora's box'
  • ERT TV (March 2017): Appeared in Greek national TV feature on 'Britain in Europe' activity (re EU citizens' rights)

Research Interests

Professor Giannoulopoulos has developed a strong interest in the impact of Brexit on human rights, drawing on his cross-cultural research and dynamic public engagement work. He is the director of the Britain in Europe thinktank and the Knowing Our Rights research project. In October 2017, he gave evidence to the House of Lords' EU Justice Sub-committee (October 2017) on EU citizens' rights. In May 2016, he contributed oral and written evidence to the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at the European Parliament on the same topic.

Dimitrios’ work on Brexit and European human rights has featured in the Guardian, the Times, the Financial Times, LBC, La Libération, Euronews, France 24, Le Parisien, the Solicitors’ Journal, the Express, LSE Brexit, the UK in a Changing Europe, the Parliament Magazine, Europe Street News, EU Reporter, Sputnik Radio, the Fair Trials blog and the Conversation, while he regularly appears on radio and television in Greece, and very frequently contributes op-ed pieces to Sunday papers there.

Research funding

In November 2016, Dimitrios was awarded $94,855 by the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the Open Society Forum, to undertake research and public engagement activity on the European Convention of Human Rights. In May 2017, he was successful (with Dr Yvonne McDermott) in an application to the prestigious British Academy conferences fund. In June 2017, Dimitrios was awarded a ‘research grant capture’ award at Brunel, and was successful in an application to the 2017 Being Human Festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Dimitrios had previously been successful in internal research grant awards, including for the organisation of annual research seminar series on criminal justice and human rights debates in Europe (2015-16) (£2,500) and on migrant and refugee challenges in Europe (2016-17, with Prof Alexandra Xanthaki) (£2,489). He was also awarded funding (£3,500, in 2011) to undertake research on teaching innovation.



Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2019. Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781849463829

Book Section

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2018. "Falling on Deaf Ears": Looking for the Salduz Jurisprudence in Greece. In: John D Jackson and Sarah J Summers, eds. Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings: Individual Rights and Institutional Forms. Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781782258360


Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2019. What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for the UK? European Human Rights Law Review, 2019(1), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1361-1526

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2016. Fair Trial Rights in the UK Post Brexit. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 7(4), pp. 387-396. ISSN 2032-2844

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2016. Strasbourg Jurisprudence, Law Reform and Comparative Law: A Tale of the Right to Custodial Legal Assistance in Five Countries. Human Rights Law Review, 16(1), pp. 103-129. ISSN 1461-7781

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. Custodial Legal Assistance and Notification of the Right to Silence in France: Legal Cosmopolitanism and Local Resistance. Criminal Law Forum, 24(3), pp. 291-329. ISSN 1046-8374

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. “North of the border and across the channel”: Custodial legal assistance reforms in Scotland and France. Criminal Law Review, 2013(5), pp. 369-384. ISSN 0011-135X

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. Suspects' rights in custodial interrogation in France: Lessons for Greece. Poiniki Dikeosini, 16(4), pp. 339-350. ISSN 1108-2755

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. A Review of Renaud Colson’s and Stewart Field’s ‘The Transformation of Criminal Justice: Comparing France with England and Wales’. Criminal Law Review, 2013(10), pp. 863-867. ISSN 0011-135X

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2012. La theorie et la pratique de la garde a vue en grece (et leur signification pour la garde a vue du droit français) [The theory and practice of custodial interrogation in Greece (and their significance for French law on custodial interrogation)]. Archives de Politique Criminelle, 34, pp. 287-301. ISSN 0242-5637

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2012. The notification of the right to silence to police suspects in Greece and the need to harmonise Greek legislation with international and comparative law. Poiniki Dikeosini, 15(7), pp. 640-649. ISSN 1108-2755

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2010. La vidéosurveillance au Royaume-Uni: la caméra omniprésente, signe d’une évolution vers une « société de surveillance »? (CCTV in Great Britain: the omnipresent CCTV camera, sign of an evolution towards a “surveillance society”?). Archives de Politique Criminelle, 32, pp. 245-267. ISSN 0242-5637

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2007. The Exclusion of Improperly Obtained Evidence in Greece: Putting Constitutional Rights First. The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, 11(3), pp. 181-212. ISSN 1365-7127

Conference or Workshop Item

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. 'Criminal Justice without Human Rights? Remembering the Past, and Predicting the Future, of Police Interrogation and the Law of Improperly Obtained Evidence'. In: Howard League for Penal Reform International Conference on 'What is Justice? Re-imagining Penal Policy', Keble College, Oxford, 1-2 Oct 2013. Oxford, United Kingdom 1-2 October 2013.

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2013. 'The new landscape of suspects’ rights in Europe: Moving backwards in England and Wales?'. In: Society of Legal Scholars conference. Edinburgh Law School, United Kingdom 3-6 September 2013.

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2012. 'Suspects’ rights in custodial interrogation in Greece and France: Isolationism, legal cosmopolitanism and local resistance'. In: Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice conference. London, United Kingdom.

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2010. 'Criminal justice in France after September 11: Has the balance between liberty and security been disturbed?'. In: Ninth Biennial International Conference on “Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition”, 2-5 June 2010, Marrakesh, Morocco, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2-5 June, 2010. Marrakesh, Morocco 2-5 June 2010.

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