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, human rights, and sustainability. He works on issues related to the governance of Global Value Chains, transnational private regulation, CSR, 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 globalised 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:

  • 'The Postmodern Legal Ordering of the Economy' (2020) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Forthcoming). 
  • 'Protecting National Security Whistleblowers in the U.S. and in the European Court of Human Rights: The Limits of Balancing and the Social Value of Public Disclosures' (2020) 46(2) Yale Journal of International Law (Forthcoming).
  • 'Empiricism, Constructivism, and Grand Theory in Sociological Approaches to Law: The Case of Transnational Private Regulation' (2020) 21(7) German Law Journal (Forthcoming). 
  • '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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Research Interests

  • Legal Theory and Political Economy
  • Global Value Chains
  • Transnational Private Regulation
  • Human Rights (particularly Business and Human Rights)
  • Sustainability (ESG factors, CSR, sustainable finance, etc.)
  • EU Economic Governance

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