Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos holds the Inaugural Chair in Law, and is the Head of the Department of 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 joined Goldsmiths in May 2018, setting in motion, and leading on, the successful launch of the LLB Law (June 2018), LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights (April 2019) and PhD/MPhil in Law (January 2020) programmes, as well as setting the foundation for, and quickly bringing to fruition, the creation of the new department of Law (April 2019).
Dimitrios has internationally 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. His work takes multiple systems of law – domestic, transnational, international – as key points of reference, deconstructing convergence and divergence, to expose connections (and discordance) beyond the conventional common law and civil law divide.
In recent years, Dimitrios has also developed a strong interest in the impact of Brexit on human rights, drawing on his cross-cultural research and dynamic public engagement work, and his ability for cross-cultural legal analysis. He is the director of the Britain in Europe thinktank and the Knowing Our Rights research project and a co-lead in the Human Rights in Action project.
Dimitrios’ innovative approach to teaching has been recognised by the award of a Senior Academic Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. Dimitrios has designed and is coordinating Goldsmiths’ pioneering degrees: the LLB Law, LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights, LLB Law with Politics and Human Rights and MPhil/PhD Law. 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 been shaped by academic studies and research in leading Law Schools, including at the Sorbonne, and in Athens, Aix-Marseille, Columbia Law School and Yale Law School.
The Law programme at Goldsmiths embeds, and further evolves, innovative educational practice that Dimitrios has been able to develop in these environments: blending traditional teaching methods with experiential learning activities; connecting students with leading legal professionals; alternating the locus of teaching activity between the classroom and the city (in legal London); diversifying assessment, e.g. in moving away from the traditional dichotomy between coursework and written examinations, and putting forward assessment through student engagement; endorsing cross-disciplinary analysis of Law; bringing students in contact with policy makers; introducing students to innovative teaching technologies that include ‘virtual reality’ experiences; teaching Law through film; exposing students to the parties involved in the legal system and Law-making process; enabling students to see Law as a force for good and change.
As director of the Britain in Europe thinktank and Knowing Our Rights project, Dimitrios has undertaken significant public engagement activity in recent years, making substantial contributions to the debates on Brexit (particularly in relation to the rights of EU citizens in the UK), the potential repeal of the Human Rights Act (HRA) and withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Dimitrios’ public engagement contributions in these areas include: providing oral and written evidence to the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at the European Parliament; giving evidence to the House of Lords' EU Justice Sub-committee (October 2017); supporting through his research the work of MEPs and human rights NGOs; establishing dynamic networks that brought together academic scholars, legal professionals, NGO experts and policy makers; providing regular comment and analysis for the media; convening national and international colloquia (e.g. in October 2016, February 2017, November 2018 and May 2019) and public debates (e.g. in October and December 2016, in February 2019, at Goldsmiths and the Royal Society of Arts, and in March 2019 and December 2020); coordinating film screenings and public talks (e.g. at the BFI, Regent Street Cinema and the Frontline club in June and November 2017).
Dimitrios also oversees the delivery of human rights workshops to A level students in schools across London and the UK, in the context of which the Knowing Our Rights team has connected with more than 2,000 students, teaching them about the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK and the current debate on the potential repeal of the HRA and withdrawal from the ECHR, once Brexit is complete. The workshops have had demonstrable impact on the students’ understanding of the topic.
Dimitrios’ work on Brexit and European human rights has featured in the Guardian, the Times, the Financial Times, the Prospect magazine, LBC, La Libération, Euronews, France 24, Le Parisien, Open Democracy, the Solicitors’ Journal, the New European, the Express, LSE Brexit, the UK in a Changing Europe, the Parliament Magazine, Europe Street News, EU Reporter, Sputnik Radio, ‘Inforrm’, Cyprus’ ‘Fileleutheros’, 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.
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 on 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.
Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2019)
'The Eurosceptic Rights and (Our) Human Rights: the Threat to the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human rights is Alive and Well', European Human Rights Law Review, 2020 (3), 225-242.
‘What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for the UK?’European Human Rights Law Review, 2019 (1), pp. 1-10.
'"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)
'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
'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)
- The Guardian (December 2020): ‘Review of the Human Rights Act asks the wrong questions’
- New European (December 2020): ‘“We must not take our human rights for granted”: 70 years of the European Convention on Human Rights’ (quoted by Roger Casale)
- University Business (December 2020): ‘Goldsmiths adopts pioneering Harvard Law course’
- Legal Futures (December 2020): ‘University bosses eye “revolutionary” impact of SQE
- Prospect (November 2020): ‘The urgency of renewed UK commitment to human rights
- Prospect (August 2020): 'Anti-lockdown libertarians distract attention from the true human rights challenge'
- Prospect (March 2020): ‘The next target in the project to “take back control”: Strasbourg and the Human Rights Act’
- Inforrm (February 2020): ‘The Conservative Government, the Press and the Judiciary: Unfinished Business? (with Julian Petley)
- Prospect (November 2019): ‘We can imagine what proper guarantees to EU citizens would look like—and it is not like this'
- The Guardian (October 2019): ‘Unsettled status for EU citizens’
- The Guardian (September 2019): ‘The rule of law prevails against Boris Johnson’
- The Guardian (September 2019): ‘Boris Johnson: a prime minister acting above the law’
- Open Democracy (June 2019): ‘Attacks on Grieve and Bercow stem from flawed, feudal ideas of “sovereignty”’ (with Prof Julian Petley)
- The UK in a Changing Europe (February 2019): ‘Human Rights with a (Brexit) use-by date’
- Fair Trials (September 2018): ‘A minimalist approach? Why the EU-UK security negotiations should be prioritizing human rights protection’
- New European (April 2018): ‘Past gives hope to EU nationals living in the UK’ (quoted by Prof Brad Blitz)
- 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
- Ta Nea (January 2021): ‘The future of Great Britain after Brexit’
- ERT Proto Programma (October 2020): radio interview on the Internal Market Bill’s threat to the rule of law
- Ta Nea (September 2020): 'Rule of law and Brexit'
- Ta Nea (July 2020): ' "End of an era" for Greek students in the UK'
- Skai Greece (January 2020): ‘Brexit: what changes are implemented after February 1st’
- ERT Proto Programma (December 2019): radio interview on the result of the UK election
- Ta Nea (December 2019): ‘We, the British, you, the foreigners’
- Skai Greece (October 2019): radio interview on Boris Johnson’s deal
- Ta Nea (September 2019): ‘An advanced legal system’
- Ta Nea (September 2019): ‘Guardian or simple observer?’
- Ta Nea (September 2019): ‘A country in constitutional crisis’
- Fileleutheros Cyprus (September 2019): interviewed and quoted in ‘Back to zero for Britain’
- Ta Nea (June 2019): ‘A monument of self-destruction, not national independence’
- To Vima (February 2019): quoted in ‘No deal Brexit: “an alienating environment” for foreigner workers and students’
- Ta Nea (October 2018): ‘Global Britain and the anti-Brexit movement’
- Ta Nea (July 2018): ‘Brexit and the constitutional deficit’
- 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)
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