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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 is a member of the editorial board of Citizenship Studies. 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? (Forthcoming, 2015, 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).[Research outputs: articles, European Law Journal symposium, edited book 2014, Martinus Nijhoff]

UACES and Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (with Dr Nuno Ferreira), £1600 for the organisation of a workshop on the human face of the EU. 2012 - 2013.[Research output: edited book, forthcoming 2015/16 CUP]

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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

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou took part in the discussion on 'Reflections on Brexit, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the Crisis Driven EU' organised by the VU University and the VU Centre for European Studies at Amsterdam on 3 March 2017. She commented on the factors that hold political Unions together and the importance of a political commitment to the goals of the Union. The Roundtable discussion followed the book launch of 'The European Union as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice' which was published by Routledge in early 2017. Dr Benjamin Farrand has contributed a chapter to it (with Dr Helena Carrapico) on the European Union's fight against cybercrime. Professor Dora Kostakopoulou and Dr Ariadna Rippol Servent have also contributed a chapter on family reunification in EU mobility and migration laws.

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