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Dora (Theodora) Kostakopoulou





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)2476 523 094


Theodora (Dora) Kostakopoulou, LLB (Hons) (Athens), M.A., Ph.D (Government, Essex)

Dora Kostakopoulou joined Warwick Law School in September 2012 as Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy. Formerly, she was Jean Monnet Professor in European Law and European Integration and Co-director of the Institute of Law, Economy and Global Governance at the University of Manchester (2005-2011) and Professor of European Union Law and Director of the Centre for European Law at the University of Southampton (2011-2012). Her research projects have been funded by the European Commission, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, NORFACE, UACES and the Modern Law Review. Dora joined the AHRC's Peer Review College in 2009 and has been a Reviewer for the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in Social Sciences, the VENI Scheme, the Austrian Science Fund, the Estonian Research Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation, Research Foundation Flanders, the International Research Council, the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Call and the Academy of Finland. She has examined 22 PhD students in the UK and Europe. She has been British Academy, Thank Offering to Britain Fellow (2003-2004) and recipient of an Innovation Award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004-2005). She is the author of Citizenship, Identity and Immigration in the European Union: Between Past and Future (2001, Manchester University Press) and The Future Governance of Citizenship which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (Law in Context Series). She has co-edited A Redefinition of Belonging? Language and Integration Tests in Europe (2010, Martinus Nijhoff), The Reconceptualisation of European Union Citizenship (2014, Martinus Nijhoff) and The Human Face of the European Union: Is EU Law and Policy Humane Enough? (2016, Cambridge University Press). She is currently working on a monograph on migration law and policy in the European Union (under contract, Cambridge University Press).

Her articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Columbia Journal of European Law, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, European Law Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Studies, European Political Science, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Migration and Law, European Security, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, International Journal of Law in Context and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

Her research interests include European Public Law, Free Movement of Persons and European Union Citizenship, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Migration Law and Politics, Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Integration, Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU, Law and Global Governance, Political Theory and Constructivism, and, fairly recently, Equality Law.

Research Projects at Warwick Law School (September 2012- )

British Academy, Small Grants pathway, 'Crisis and Innovation in the European Union'; £ 2103,2015- 2016.

UACES, Research funding for a Workshop on 'Crisis and Innovation in the European Union', £1000 (with B. Ferrand, G. Castellano and A. Hoxhaj), 2015-2016.

Modern Law Review Seminar Fund, £4,758 for the organisation of an MLR workshop on Constitutionalism(s) post 2008, January 2014 - October 2014 (with Ralf Rogowski and Abdul Paliwala).

Jean Monnet - Lifelong Learning Programme,108,970 EUR, 2010- 29 October 2012. Jean Monnet Project on "The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship" with Professor Elspeth Guild (Centre for Migration Law, Faculty of Law, Radboud University Nijmegen) and Professor Cristina Gortazar (Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid).

Doctoral Students

Mr Oluwole Kunuji

Ms Kyungeun Park

Mr Benjamin Hulme

Mrs Chipo Mwale

Courses Taught

Foundations of EU Law (2nd year undergraduate)

Legal Theory (1st year undergraduate)

Data Protection Law (LLM)

Law, Governance and Democracy (LLM)

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Dora Kostakopoulou in the News- To Vima (Greece). Dora commented on the impact of Brexit on UK nationals living abroad.

'Imagine: European Union social citizenship and post-Marshallian rights and duties' - Dora Kostakopoulou took part in the EUDO debate on the future of EU Citizenship. Read her essay at:

Dora Kostakopoulou in the News - The Guardian (UK) and El Iberico (Spain). Dora was quoted on the rising citizenship applications of UK nationals living in the EU. She was also interviewed by Sputnik News World Service (Russia).

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou delivered papers on humanism, EU Citizenship and Brexit, the expulsion of EU citizens and on the methodology of social sciences and law at the UACES 47th Annual Conference (Krakow, 4-6 September 2017), the ECPR 11th General Conference (Oslo, 6-9 September 2017) and Manchester University Law School (18 October 2017). She also took part in plenary roundtables at the Jagiellonian University (5 September 2017) and Aston University's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence launch event (12 October 2017).

Dora Kostakopoulou’s article on ‘Citizenship Templates Post-Brexit’ will be published by the Journal of Common Market Studies. In this, Dora explores the advantages and disadvantages of possible citizenship templates and proposes an ‘EU protected citizen’ status for EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. The article can be read at or on ResearchGate.

Dora Kostakopoulou delivered two Keynotes at University College Dublin in May and July 2017. The first was entitled ‘Who is my Neighbour and Fellow Citizen?’ and was delivered at the Conference on Relationships and Responsibilities in honour of I. Honohan’s work on 24 May 2017. The second was based on Brexit and was delivered at the Jean Monnet EUROMEC International Conference on 15 July 2017.

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou took part in the High-Level Technical Meeting on Addressing the Root Causes of Migration. This fed into the Ministerial Conference on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation in Valetta, Malta, on 3-4 May 2017. The Ministerial conference adopted the Valetta Declaration on 4 May 2017 in the presence of Mr Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission responsible for Research, Science and Innovation. The Valetta Declaration contains commitments undertaken by the Member States to strengthen PRIMA (partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean Area), BLUEMED, and the role of research and innovation in understanding migration and integration

Dora can be contacted via email or at, where you can learn more about the work she has produced over the last 20 years.