Dr Anastasia Karatzia

Senior Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Anastasia Karatzia
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    +44 (0) 1206 873713

  • Location

    5S.6.12, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesdays 14:00 - 15:00



After completing her PhD studies at the School of Law, University of Surrey, Anastasia was Assistant Professor in EU law at Erasmus University Rotterdam before joining Essex School of Law in 2017. She is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy since 2015. Anastasia's research focuses on two streams: Citizens' participation in European law and decision-making (with a focus on the European Citizens' Initiative), and financial/ banking law. Her doctoral thesis examined in depth the legal framework of the European Citizens' Initiative, and the operation of this participatory mechanism in practice. She has also researched extensively the litigation surrounding the Cyprus bail-in of 2013, and she has written on the European Stability Mechanism and the Eurogroup. She has published on the legal framework of the European Citizens' Initiative; the litigation surrounding the European Citizens' Initiative; the transparency of the European Central Bank; the post-eurozone crisis litigation; the role of the Commission and the ECB in the European Stability Mechanism; and the legal nature of the Eurogroup. She is a member of the EU Law Experts Network for the newly founded EU Law Live. She has worked in the FP-7-funded project Rediclaim, and in consulting projects for the European Parliament, and she has presented her work on the European Citizens' Initiative at the offices of the European Ombudsman. In May-June 2017 Anastasia was an International Visiting Research Fellow at Liverpool Law School. Together with Dr. Theodore Konstadinides, she is the joint recipient of a scholarship under the prestigious European Central Bank Legal Research Programme 2018, under which they conducted and published their research on the legal nature of the Memoranda of Understanding signed by the European Central Bank. Anastasia is teaching Banking Law and Competition Law at the UG and PGT level, and EU law at the UG level. She has acted as the director of the third-year Capstone project module between 2018-2020. Together with Dr. Andrea Fejos, she is running the Customer Welfare project at the School of Law's clinic. Anastasia welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students, especially in the fields of EU participatory democracy, especially concerning the European Citizens' Initiative, as well as topics surrounding Article 11 TEU, and the role of the CJEU in EU participatory democracy, and on the EU Banking Union, particularly on the role of the European Central Bank in the Single Supervisory Mechanism, and on the accountability of institutional actors involved in financial assistance mechanisms such as the European Stability Mechanism.


  • PhD in Law University of Surrey, (2015)

  • LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law Queen Mary University of London, (2012)

  • LLB Law University of Surrey, (2011)


Other academic

  • Assistant Professor in EU Law, Department of International and EU law, Erasmus University Rotterdam (1/12/2015 - 1/12/2017)

  • Research Fellow, REDICLAIM (FP7-funded) project, School of Law, University of Surrey (1/5/2014 - 1/1/2016)

  • Associate Lecturer, School of Law, University of Surrey (1/10/2013 - 1/7/2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Citizens' Participation in law-making

Key words: Citizens' participation

European Citizens' Initiative

The role of the CJEU in EU participatory democracy

EU Banking Union

Key words: EU Banking Union

EU Single Supervisory Mechanism

Accountability of institutional actors involved in financial assistance mechanisms

Key words: European Stability Mechanism

The role of the European Central Bank in the SSM

Conferences and presentations

FIDE 2020 National Rapporteur

Invited presentation, International Federation of European Law Congress (FIDE) 2020, International Federation of European Law Congress (FIDE) 2020, The Hague, Netherlands, 21/5/2020

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Banking Law (LW224)

  • Competition Law (LW343)

  • Competition Law (LW702)

Previous supervision

Victor Ediagbonya
Victor Ediagbonya
Thesis title: a Functional Stakeholder Model of Corporate Governance for Banks in Challenging Institutional Contexts: A Case Study of Nigeria
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 1/6/2022


Coman-Kund, F., Karatzia, A. and Amtenbrink, F., (2018). The Transparency of the European Central Bank in the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Kredit und Kapital. 51 (1), 55-72

Karatzia, A., (2018). Revisiting the Registration of European Citizens' Initiatives: The Evolution of the Legal Admissibility Test. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies. 20, 147-178

Karatzia, A., (2017). The European Citizens' Initiative and the EU institutional balance: On realism and the possibilities of affecting EU lawmaking. Common Market Law Review. 54 (1), 177-208

Karatzia, A. and Markakis, M., (2017). What Role for the Commission and the European Central Bank in the European Stability Mechanism?. Cambridge International Law Journal. 6 (2), 232-252

Raats, MM., Malcolm, RN., Lähteenmäki, L., Pravst, I., Gage, H., Cleary, A., Karatzia, A., Kušar, A., Yang, W., Jackson, DL., Hodgkins, CE. and Klopčič, M., (2016). Understanding the impact of legislation on 'reduction of disease risk' claims on food and drinks: The REDICLAIM project. Agro Food Industry Hi-tech. 27 (3), 30-32

Karatzia, A., (2015). The European citizens' initiative in practice: Legal admissibility concerns. European Law Review. 40 (4), 509-530

Karatzia, A., (2015). Cypriot Depositors Before the Court of Justice of the European Union: Knocking on the Wrong Door?. King's Law Journal. 26 (2), 175-184

Book chapters (3)

Konstadinides, T. and Karatzia, A., FIDE XXIX Congress 2020 National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law: UK Report. In: The XXIX FIDE Congress in The Hague, 2020 Congress Publications, Vol. 1. Editors: Botman, MR. and Langer, J., . Eleven International Publishing. 493- 508. 9789462361287

Karatzia, A. and Xanthoulis, N., (2021). EU soft law in Cyprus: In search of role and value. In: EU Soft Law in the Member States: Theoretical Findings and Empirical Evidence. Editors: Eliantonio, M., Korkea-aho, E. and Stefan, O., . Hart. 9781509932054

Karatzia, A., (2017). An overview of litigation in the context of financial assistance to Eurozone Member States. In: Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law 2016. Editors: Szabo, M., Lancos, PL. and Varga, R., . Eleven International Publishing. 573- 590. 978-9462367326

Other (1)

Karapapa, S., Karatzia, A., Konstadinides, T. and O'Connor, N., (2020).Response to the consultation by the Ministry of Justice on the departure from retained EU case law by UK courts and tribunals,University of Essex, School of Law

Grants and funding


Provincial Ombud Offices in Canada and fundamental constitutional principles: An empirical study

Forum of Canadian Ombudsman

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5S.6.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesdays 14:00 - 15:00