Athanasios Peftinas

DPhil Law
Law Faculty


Athanasios is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law at University of Oxford. His research focuses on constitutional interpretation in emergencies, with particular emphasis on how necessity is invoked as a legal basis to deviate from constitutions.

He received his Law Degree (2018) and LL.M. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (2020) from Democritus University of Thrace, and his MSc in Law and Economics (2020) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Macedonia, before going on to read for the MJur (2021) at Oxford University. He is a qualified practicing lawyer in Greece, having worked for 2 years before coming to the UK.

He is a Visiting Lecturer at the European Law & Governance School (ELGS) of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), where he teaches Comparative Constitutional Law, and researcher at ‘Krateros Ioannou’ Institute of Public International Law and International Relations, coordinating a study on the maritime disputes between Greece and Turkey. Since January 2023, he is a Graduate Research Student Resident at Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Research Interests

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Legal Philosophy