Ioannis Kampourakis is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and, currently, also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J Safra for Ethics, Tel Aviv University. Ioannis' research interests lie at the intersection of legal theory and political economy, with a focus on transnational corporate power and human rights. He works on issues related to the governance of Global Value Chains, transnational labour regulation, corporate and worker-driven social responsibility, and business and human rights, as well as questions of EU economic governance. Ioannis's research agenda is motivated by the normative question of how the economy can be democratised. He has taught in the fields of 'Juriprudence and Political Economy' and 'Business and Human Rights'.

Ioannis holds a PhD in Law (Summa Cum Laude) from the Free University of Berlin, where he studied as a stipendiary Fellow of the international doctoral programme, 'Human Rights Under Pressure'. His PhD was on the protection of whistleblowers in comparative law.

Ioannis also holds a Master 2 in Droit Public Fondamental from Université Paris I-Sorbonne and a 4-year LLB from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Ioannis has also been a visiting fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the South African Institute of Advanced Constitutional Law (SAIFAC). He has worked as a trainee lawyer for the Legal Council of State in Athens, Greece, appointed to the Ministry of Administrative Reform. Apart from his academic endeavours, Ioannis is also a published author of fiction and he has been shortlisted for the 'National Literature Award - Prize for Debut Author' in Greece.

Selected publications:

  • 'Transnational Corporate Regulation and the Postmodern Ordering of the Economy' Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Forthcoming – Fall 2020). 
  • 'CSR and Social Rights: Juxtaposing Societal Constitutionalism and Rights-Based Approaches Imposing Human Rights Obligations on Corporations' (2019) 9(3) Goettingen Journal of International Law 537.
  • Book review: 'Moyn, Samuel, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World' (2020) 83(1) Modern Law Review 229.

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  • I Kampourakis, 'CSR and Social Rights: Juxtaposing Societal Constitutionalism and Rights-Based Approaches Imposing Human Rights Obligations on Corporations' (2019) Goettingen Journal of International Law (forthcoming)
  • I Kampourakis, 'SAMUEL MOYN Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2018' (2019) Modern Law Review [Review] (forthcoming)
  • I Kampourakis, Corporate Social Responsibility codes and the contemporary concept of law, paper presented at Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University
  • I Kampourakis, New governance as reflexive law: A materialization of Critical Systems Theory?, paper presented at 11th International Conference on Critical Theory
  • I Kampourakis, Protecting the market, not the whistleblower: Whistleblowing as a mode of new governance, paper presented at Law and Society Annual Conference
  • I Kampourakis, Mobilizing through whistleblowing: Between deliberative democracy and corporate regulation, paper presented at Berlin Working Group on Socio-legal Studies, Berlin Social Science Center, and Law & Society Institute
  • I Kampourakis, Power and democracy: Revisiting the Foucault-Habermas debate in the context of the rising populisms, paper presented at 10th International Conference on Critical Theory
  • I Kampourakis, Balancing freedom of speech and national security considerations: A right to whistleblowing?, paper presented at Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik
  • I Kampourakis, The theoretical foundations of whistleblowing, paper presented at Paris Ouest Nanterre University

Research Interests

  • Legal Theory
  • Transnational Law
  • Transnational Labour Regulation
  • Human Rights
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • EU Economic Governance

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