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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 Outputs at Warwick Law School (September 2014 - present)

Research Monographs

Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law: Frames of Mind Patterns of Change (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

Edited Books

The Reconceptualisation of European Union Citizenship. February 2014. The Hague: Brill Publishers/Martinus Nijhoff (with Elspeth Guild and Cristina Gortazar).

The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Humane Enough?. July 2016. Cambridge University Press (with Nuno Ferreira).

Academic Journal Articles

Scala Civium: Citizenship Templates Post-Brexit and the European Union's Duty to Protect EU Citizens (Forthcoming, 2017/18). Journal of Common Market Studies (8,544 words).

Brexit, the US Presidential Election and Neonationalism: Is the Global Imaginary Faltering? (Forthcoming, 2017), Symposium piece, Transnational Legal Theory.

What Fractures Political Unions? Failed Federations, Brexit and the Importance of Political Commitment. European Law Review, 2017, Vol. 42(3), pp. 339-352.

Brexit, Voice and Loyalty: Reflections on Article 50 TEU. European Law Review, September 2016, Vol. 41(4), 484-487.

Olympic Citizenship and the (Un)Specialness of the National Vest: Rethinking the Links Between Sport and Citizenship Law (with Annette Schrauwen). International Journal of Law in Context, 2014, Vol. 10(2), pp. 143-162.

Liberalism and Societal Integration: In Defence of Reciprocity and Constructive Pluralism. The Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, 2014, Vol. 43(2), pp. 127-139.

When EU Citizens become Foreigners. European Law Journal, 2014, Vol. 20(4), pp. 447-463.

Symposium on the Reconceptualisation of EU Citizenship (with E. Guild and C. Gortazar). European Law Journal, 2014, Vol. 20(4), 444-446.

The Public Policy and Public Security Derogations and the Cracks in European Union Citizenship (with Nuno Ferreira). Columbia Journal of European Law, 2014, Vol. 20(3), pp. 167-191.


'Conclusion: The Non-Simultaneous Evolution of Citizens' Rights' (with Daniel Thym), in D. Thym (ed.), The Deconstruction of EU Citizenship (Forthcoming, Hart, 2017).

'EU Legal Migration Templates and Cognitive Ruptures: Ways Forward in Research and Policy-Making', in S. Carrera et al. (eds.) Re-appraising the Legal Migration Acquis (Forthcoming, CEPS and the European Commission, 2017).

'Homo Objectus, Homo Subjectus and Brexit' (with Anastasia Tataryn), in S. Barduzky and E. Fahey (eds.), Framing the Subjects and Objects of EU Law (Forthcoming, 2017, Elgar).

'Towards a Humanistic Philosophy of the European Union', in N. Ferreira and D. Kostakopoulou (eds.), The Human Face of the European Union (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 393-411.

'The Roma and EU Citizenship' (with Nuno Ferreira). In N. Ferreira and D. Kostakopoulou (eds.), The Human Face of the European Union (Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 206-234.

'The Rule of Life: Family Reunification in EU Mobility and Migration Laws' (with A. Ripoll-Servent). In M. Fletcher, E. Herlin-Karnell and C. Matera (eds.), The European Union's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, (Routledge, 2016), pp. 246-252.

'Internal Security Cooperation in the EU' (with A. Ripoll-Servent). In M. Rhinard and R. Bossong (eds.), Theorising Internal Security in the European Union, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 153-175.

Capricious Games of Snakes and Ladders: The Nexus of Migration and Integration in light of Human Rights Norms, in R. Plender (ed.), International Migration Law (Martinus Nijhoff, 2015), pp. 91-110.

'European Union Citizenship and Member State Nationality: Rethinking the Link?', in S. Konopacki (ed.), Europe in the Time of Crisis (Columbia University Press, 2015).

'Contiguity, Contagion and Evolution in EU Citizenship and Integration Policies', in F. Trauner and A. Ripoll Servent (eds.), Governing the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: Do Supranational Institutions Matter? (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 151-177.

'European Union Citizenship Rights and Duties: Civil, Political and Social', in E. Isin and P. Neyers (eds.), Global Handbook of Citizenship Studies (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 427-436.

'The Next Phase of the European Union's Labour Migration Regime: Opportunities and Challenges' (with D. Acosta and T Munk), in D. Acosta and C. Murphy (eds.), EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm (Oxford: Hart, 2014), pp. 129-45.

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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'Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law: Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change' will be published by CUP in 2018. In it, Dora explores research methodology and outlines her 'Connexio Rerum' model.

Dora Kostakopoulou in the News- Liberation (France), Sputnik International (Russia) and 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 in November 2017. 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.