Professor Theodore Konstadinides

School of Law
Professor Theodore Konstadinides
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    5S.4.9A, Colchester Campus

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    Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00



Theodore joined the Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2016, and has been Professor of Law since October 2018. His research and teaching interests lie broadly in the field of constitutional and administrative law and EU Law. He has written on a number of issues, primarily on the European context in which public law develops and the significance of concepts such as constitutional identity and the rule of law; the balance of power between the EU and the Member States; and the constitutional intricacies of EU international relations and judicial protection in criminal matters. Theodore has previously taught at the University College London and the University of Surrey. He has also been a visiting lecturer at various universities in the UK (Queen Mary London, Edinburgh) and abroad (VU Amsterdam, Stockholm, Uppsala) and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London and Queen Mary University. He has regularly been invited to act as expert for external academic institutions and policy-makers. He advised the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons and acted consultant for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the Government's Balance of Competence Review that took place prior to the UK-EU referendum in 2016. He has also undertaken twice (in 2014 and 2018) research on the constitutional challenges in the European Monetary Union in the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis funded by the Legal Research Programme of the European Central Bank. Theodore's 2017 book on the rule of law in the European Union is available from Hart Publishing and was recently reviewed in the European Human Rights Law Review. Having completed his monograph on the rule of law in the EU, Theodore is at present working on smaller projects related to current issues in domestic and EU public law. These include the UK Government's priority area of legal issues and the transfer of competences post-Brexit with a focus on the role that Parliamentary Scrutiny Committees can play during the negotiations. He is also interested in the digitisation of administrative justice - especially the ways that digitisation can be implemented to secure key values of the justice system including the rule of law and procedural justice. Theodore welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students.


  • LLB Qld University of Kent

  • LLM University of Kent

  • PhD in Law University College London

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Constitutional concepts: such as the rule of law, constitutional identity and sovereignty

The constitutional ramifications of the UK's departure from the European Union

European and comparative constitutional law

EU external relations: esp. EU implied powers; Security policy and the relationship between EU and public international law

Human rights law: Effective judicial protection of EU and ECHR rights and national remedies

Teaching and supervision

  • Foundations of Public Law (LW103)

  • Public Law II (LW203)


Journal articles (21)

Konstadinides, T., (2018). Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union. European Law Review. 43 (1), 129-131

Konstadinides, T., (2016). The Meso Level: Means of Interaction between EU and International Law: Customary International Law as a Source of EU Law: A Two-Way Fertilization Route?. Yearbook of European Law. 35 (1), 513-532

Konstadinides, T. and Dyson, T., (2016). Enhancing Energy Security in the European Union: Pathways to Reduce Europe?s Dependence on Russian Gas Imports. European Law Review. 41 (4), 535-556

Konstadinides, T., (2015). In the Union of Wine: Loose Ends in the Relationship between the European Union and the Member States in the Field of External Representation. European Public Law. 21 (4), 679-689

Konstadinides, (2015). Dealing with Parallel Universes: Antinomies of Sovereignty and the Protection of National Identity in European Judicial Discourse

Konstadinides, (2014). EU foreign policy under the doctrine of implied powers: Codification drawbacks and constitutional limitations. European Law Review. 39 (4), 511-530

Herlin-Karnell, E. and Konstadinides, T., (2013). EU Constitutional Principles as Housekeeping Rules in EU External Variable Geometry

Konstadinides, T., (2013). Civil Protection Cooperation in EU Law: Is There Room for Solidarity to Wriggle Past?. European Law Journal. 19 (2), 267-282

Herlin-Karnell, E. and Konstadinides, T., (2013). The Rise and Expressions of Consistency in EU Law: Legal and Strategic Implications for European Integration. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies. 15, 139-167

Konstadinides, T., (2012). Drawing the Line between Circumvention and Gap-Filling: An Exploration of the Conceptual Limits Around the Scope of Article 352 TFEU. Yearbook of European Law. 31 (1), 1-1

Konstadinides, T., (2012). When in Europe: Customary International Law and EU Competence in the Sphere of External Action

Konstadinides, T., (2012). Mass Surveillance and Data Protection in EU Law: The Data Retention Directive Saga

Konstadinides, T., (2011). Destroying democracy on the ground of defending It? the Data Retention Directive, the surveillance state and our constitutional ecosystem. European Law Review. 36 (5), 722-736

Konstadinides, T., (2011). Constitutional Identity as a Shield and as a Sword: The European Legal Order Within the Framework of National Constitutional Settlement. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies. 13

Konstadinides, T., (2010). La fraternité européenne? The extent of national competence to condition the acquisition and loss of nationality from the perspective of EU citizenship. European Law Review. 35 (3), 401-414

Konstadinides, T., (2010). Wavering between centres of gravity: Comment on Ireland v Parliament and Council. EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW. 35 (1), 88-102

Konstadinides, T., (2009). Wavering between the Centre of Gravity in Internal Market Harmonization Legislation and the Borderline between the Different Pillars in the EU Treaty. European Law Review. 35 (1), 88-102

Konstadinides, T., (2008). Citizenship within the Scope Ratione Materiae of Community Law: The Current Approach of the Court of Justice. European Current Law XI-XV. 4

Konstadinides, T., (2007). The Perils of the ‘Europeanisation’ of Extradition Procedures in the EU Mutuality, Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Guarantees. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 14 (2), 179-200

Konstadinides, T., (2004). The Element of Conditionality in the Pre-Accession Strategy of the East and Central East European Enlargement. Common Law Review Prague. 12

Konstadinides, T., (2003). Now and Then: Fischer's Core Europe in the Aftermath of the Collapse of December 2003 Constitutional Talks. Irish Journal of European Law. 11 (1), 117-117

Books (6)

Konstadinides, T., (2017). The Rule of Law in the European Union The Internal Dimension. Hart Publishing Limited. 1849464707. 9781849464703

Konstadinides, T. and Mitsilegas, V., (2016). Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law. 1783473304. 9781783473304

Dzehtsiarou, K., (2014). Human Rights Law in Europe. Routledge. 1138204552. 9780203538029

Dyson, T. and Konstadinides, T., (2013). European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory. Springer. 1137281308. 9781137281302

Konstadinides, T., (2012). Division of Powers in European Union Law: The Delimitation of Internal Competence between the EU and the Member States. Kluwer Law International. 9041126155. 9789041126153

Eckes, C. and Konstadinides, T., (2011). Crime Within the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A European Public Order. Cambridge University Press. 113949547X. 9781139495479

Book chapters (7)

Konstadinides, T. and Mantzari, D., (2018). The Nexus between EU Common Foreign & Security Policy and Energy Policy. In: Research Handbook in EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Editors: Blockmans, S. and Koutrakos, P., . Edward Elgar Publishing

Konstadinides, T., (2018). The Competences of the European Union. In: The Oxford Principles of European Union Law, Vol. 1: The European Union Legal Order. Editors: Schütze, R. and Tridimas, T., . Oxford University Press. 9780199533770

Konstadinides, T., (2016). EU Law and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters: a tale of legal competence and political competency. In: Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law. Editors: Mitsilegas, V., Bergström, M. and Konstadinides, T., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 567- 579. 9781783473304

Konstadinides, T. and O'Meara, N., (2014). Protection of Procedural and Substantive Rights in the EU and the ECHR: Introduction. In: Human Rights Law in Europe: The influence, overlaps and contradictions of the EU and the ECHR. Editors: Dzehtsiarou, K., Lock, T., O’Meara, N. and Konstadinides, T., . Routledge. 9780415825993

Konstadinides, T. and O'Meara, N., (2014). Rebalancing Judicial Protection in Criminal Matters after Lisbon and Stockholm. In: EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm. Editors: Arcarazo, DA. and Murphy, CC., . Hart Publishing. 77- 91. 9781849464222

Konstadinides, T., (2014). Mass Surveillance and Data Protection in EU Law: The Data Retention Directive Saga. In: European Police and Criminal Law Cooperation. Editors: Bergström, M. and Jonsson Cornell, AJ., . Hart Publishing

Konstadinides, T., (2011). The Europeanisation of extradition: How many light years away to mutual confidence?. In: Crime within the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A European Public Order. Editors: Eckes, C. and Konstadinides, T., . Cambridge University Press. 191- 223. 9780511751219

Other (1)

Dzehtsiarou, K., Baker, RRB., Fontanelli, F., Ioannidou, M., Jago, R., Konstadinides, T. and Sarvarian, A., (2015).Family Visits for Life Long Prisoners: Written Comments in Khoroshenko v Russia. SSRN Electronic Journal,SSRN

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