Pavlos Eleftheriadis is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Mansfield College. He teaches and publishes in the philosophy of law and European Union law. He is also a barrister in England and Wales and practises in EU and public law from Francis Taylor Building in the Temple. He studied at the Universities of Athens (BA, 1990) and Cambridge (LLM, 1991, PhD, 1995). 

Before joining Oxford he was a lecturer at the London School of Economics. He has been a visiting professor of European Law at Columbia University and a visiting fellow in Hellenic Studies at Princeton. He was awarded the Bodossaki Prize for Law in 2005.

His book Legal Rightswhich offered arguments against the legal positivist account of law and rights and in favour of a moral account of legal rights based on public reason - was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Since then he has written on the theory of human rights, the right to health, the idea of sovereignty, the probelm of parliamentary sovereignty as well as several aspects of the constitutional theory of the EU. He is currently at work on a monograph on constitutional theory entitled The Deliberative Constitution. He is the co-editor (with Julie Dickson) of the collection of essays The Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

In 2013 he was a Distinguished Global Fellow in Residence at Boston College. In 2012 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto.

In March 2015 he was an invited speaker at the OECD's annual Integrity Forum, in Paris.

On 21 May 2015 he gave the lecture: 'The Deliberative Constitution. Sovereignty and its Alternatives' at KU Leuven, in the series 'Sovereignty, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow' organised by the KU Leuven Law Faculty, and KU Leuven's Institute of Philosophy.

On June 1 he was a speaker at the Egmonst Institute in Brussels on populism and euro-scepticism in the European Union

On June 3 he was a speaker on 'Democracy and the European Union' at Moscow's Institute of Social and Political Studies.

On June 26 he spoke on 'Universal Constitutionalism' at the conference 'Constructive Links or Dangerous Liaisons? The Case of Public International Law and European Union Law', at Queen Mary, University of London.

On June 30 he spoke at the joint PEBA/UKSALA seminar on 'State Aid and Infrastructure Projects' in London.

On October 14 he spoke on 'Trust, Justice and the Party System' at the international conference 'Greece Forward: Progressive Solutions for Today and Tomorrow' which was organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and To Diktio, in Athens, Greece. 

On November 7 he spoke on 'Constitutional Change through Deliberation' at a workshop on Deliberative Constitutionalism at University College London. 

On December 11 he presented a comment on Frank Michelman's paper on social rights and constitutional legitimacy at a workshop on constitutional values at King's College London. 

On January 14-15, he spoke on 'Global Institutions and Legitimacy' at a workshop at the European University Institute, Florence

On May 29 he spoke on 'The UK and the Eurozone' at the Bar European Group Annual Conference in Taormina, Italy.

On June 10 he will speak at the British Academy Workshop on Natural, Moral and Legal Rights at the Department of Philosophy, Unisversity of Stirling.

In August he will speak at a conference on Global Law at the University of Cartagena, Colombia.

He has been an active commentator on the Eurozone crisis in the press. He has been interviewed by publications such as Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, El Pais, The Irish Times,  The New York Times, Channel 4 and many others. Some of his articles for the press are: 

'Only a New Political Order Can Rescue Greece', Financial Times, 28 May 2012

'Greece's Anti-Capitalist Turn', Wall Street Journal, 21 January 2013

 'Why Germany is the Eurozone's Biggest Free Rider' Fortune, 22 October 2014

 'Misrule of the Few', Foreign Affairs, November/December, 2014  

'Syriza's Dark Side' Project Syndicate, 11 Feburary 2015

'Hoffnungsträger Syriza? Nein!', Berliner Republik, February 2015

'The Real Case for Greece', Policy Network, 22 April 2015

'Cynical Populism', Open Democracy, 10 June 2015

'The Unfair Eurozone',, 11 June 2015

'What is Wrong with Greece?' Telegraph, 10 July 2015

'The EU Protects Liberty but a British Bill of Rights Would Endanger It', The Conversation, 26 November 2015 & UK Constitutional Law Blog, 14 December 2015.

'Is Greece About to be Martyred Again?' Telegraph, 28 January 2016

' The Proposed New Legal Settlement of the UK with the EU’ U.K. Constitutional Law Blog (13th Feb 2016)

'The UK and the Eurozone' Oxford Business Law Blog, 06 June 2016

His personal website is at: You can follow him on twitter at @PEleftheriadis. 


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  • P Eleftheriadis, 'A Theory of Jurisdiction ' (2016)
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'International Institutions and Legitimacy' in (ed), EUI Working Papers Series (2016)
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Power and Principle in Constitutional Law' (2016)
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'The Institutions, 2nd ed. ' in David Vaughan and Aidan Robertson (eds), The Law of the European Union (Oxford University Press 2016)
    ISBN: 978-1-90-450111-4
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Democratic Representation and Accountability in the European Union' in (ed), Democracies XXI: A Paradigm Shift (ISEPR Foundation, Moscow 2015)
    ISBN: 978-5903111-86-2
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'The Problem with Greece (and with Europe)' (2015) Political Quarterly [Review]
  • P Eleftheriadis, ''High Speed Constitutional Reconstruction'' (2014) Solicitors Journal [Case Note]
    The HS2 ruling will restart debates about the fundamental principles of public law. The hierarchy between deeper constitutional principles and ordinary laws is now part of the constitution.
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Democracy in the Eurozone' in WG Ringe & P Huber (ed), Legal Challenges Arising out of the Global Financial Crisis: Bail-outs, the Euro, and Regulation (Hart Publishing 2014)
    In December 2012 Four Presidents of the European Union (of the European Council, the Commission, the Central Bank and the Eurogroup) issued a paper outlining steps for a ‘genuine monetary union’ promising among others better democratic accountability for its institutions. This essay asks if an entity like the European Union - and the Eurozone within it - can indeed become democratic. I distinguish between two approaches to democracy, first as collective self-government or, second, as set of egalitarian institutions. The essay argues that the German Federal Constitutional Court supports the first theory and for that reason is very cautious of the idea of bringing democracy to the European Union. The collective view believes that without a single people, there cannot be self-government. The second theory accepts the primacy of domestic democracy but allows, by contrast, for international institutions of democratic accountability that support domestic democracy. I offer some arguments for this view and conclude that the four Presidents are not mistaken in endorsing the ambition of democratic accountability for the Eurozone. The European Union is a union of peoples. A union of this kind can become more democratic without seeking to become a democracy.
    ISBN: 9781849464390
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'The Content of European Citizenship' (2014) 15 German Law Journal 777
    Many European Union law scholars, commentators and politicians consider the creation of European citizenship by the Treaty of Maastricht an important landmark in the process towards “ever closer union.” By marking a special relationship with the Union itself, citizenship epitomizes the growing maturity of the Union as a political community and not merely an economic project of a single market. Citizenship introduces the first elements of a political, social, and emotional bond between the peoples of Europe and their new Union. Nonetheless, the content of European citizenship remains a puzzle. The rights it grants are very different to those promised by states. When looked at in detail, it fails to match many of the most central elements of citizenship.
    ISBN: ISSN: 2071-8322
  • P Eleftheriadis, Democratic Accountability for a Monetary Union, paper presented at London: UCL European Institute
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Hart on Sovereignty' in Andrea Dolcetti, Luís Duarte d’Almeida and James Edwards (eds), Reading HLA Hart's 'The Concept of Law' (Hart Publishing 2013)
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Citizenship and Obligation' in Julie Dickson and Pavlos Eleftheriadis (eds), Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press 2012)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-958877-0
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'A Right to Health Care' (2012) 40 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 268
    ISBN: 1073-1105
  • P Eleftheriadis, 'Austin and the Electors' in Michael Freeman & Patricia Mindus (ed), The Legacy of John Austin's Jurisprudence (Springer 2012)
  • Julie Dickson and P Eleftheriadis, 'Introduction: The Puzzles of European Union Law' in Julie Dickson & Pavlos Eleftheriadis (ed), Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press 2012)



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Philosopy of Law, European Union Law, Constitutional Law, Planning Law

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Jurisprudence, European Union Law

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