Ioannis is a Law School graduate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed his postgraduate studies (Forensics, Criminology and Law LL.M.) at the School of Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. 

His research, grounded in IPA, addresses the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) within domestic policy in the EU, with a particular emphasis added to the case of Greece and the possible implications that arise regarding issues of juvenile justice with respect to unaccompanied minors (UAM). His doctoral dissertation focuses specifically on the criminalisation of UAM through detention processes in Greece. By looking into the positionality of UAM in the crimmigration debate, he explores their experiences from within detention facilities, followed by an assessment concerning the correct application of Art. 12 UNCRC in the national policy as regards the right of detained UAM to question all the judicial and administrative proceedings that they are subjected to, including detention processes that follow their unlawful entry into the country. 

He has participated in a plethora of international academic conferences; chaired panels; presented research papers; delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as training sessions to practitioners in the humanitarian sector and published his work in the area of criminology and human rights with emphasis placed on children’s rights in the migration context and detention in specific. In the past years Ioannis has been collaborating extensively with International and Greek humanitarian organisations, providing legal support and counselling on asylum procedures and child protection issues to migrant populations. He is member of the ESC 'Working Group on Immigration, Crime and Citizenship’; Co-chair of the ESC ‘Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies Working Group (WG-QRME)' and member of the editorial board for 'The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology’. 




Papadopoulos I and van Buggenhout M (2020) Giving voice to migrant children during reception and asylum procedures. Illustrations on the implementation of Art. 12 CRC in Greece and Belgium. Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica, 18(2): 1-23. Available at

Book chapters:

Papadopoulos I (2020) How protective is custody for unaccompanied minors in Greece? Protecting children’s rights within detention. In Klaassen M, Rap S, Rodrigues P and Liefaard T (Eds.), Safeguarding Children’s Rights in Immigration Law, Cambridge, Intersentia (p.179-194). Available at

Papadopoulos I and Pycroft A (2019) Detention as protective custody for Unaccompanied Migrant Minors: A social and legal policy overview of the Greek framework on conditions of detention, under the scope of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In Guzik-Makaruk EM and Pływaczewski EW (Eds.), Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology (p. 581-597), C.H. Beck, Warsaw. Available at 



ESC Working Group on Qualitative Research Methodologies & Epistemologies: 

Research Interests: 

unaccompanied minors; immigration detention; children’s rights; UNCRC; qualitative research methods; crimmigration.

Social media:

Twitter:   @ioannis_papado  

LinkedIn: @ioannispapado



Research programmes

Research Interests

unaccompanied minors; immigration detention; children’s rights; qualitative research methods; crimmigration

Research projects