Dr Nikos Vogiatzis

Senior Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Nikos Vogiatzis



Nikos joined Essex Law School in September 2019 as Senior Lecturer. He was previously a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Hull, an LLM in EU Law from Université libre de Bruxelles and an LLB from the University of Athens. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Academy for European Human Rights Protection, University of Cologne, having seconded his post for the duration of the fellowship. He is working on a research project on the Administrative Tribunal of the Council of Europe, for which he has a book contract with CUP. His main research interests are in the following fields: selected areas of European Administrative and Constitutional Law (notably access to information, the right to good administration, the provisions on democratic principles); human rights and, in particular, the Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (notably admissibility matters, institutional reform, and political rights); avenues of extra-judicial accountability, with particular interest in the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors; questions of contemporary governance more generally (in particular transparency, accountability, ethical administration). More recently, he has been developing a research interest in the Law of International Civil Service and in the administration of the Council of Europe. In addition to his first monograph on the European Ombudsman, Nikos has published widely in leading journals in the fields of EU Law, Human Rights Law, Public Law and EU Governance (see ‘Publications’ for further details). He has co-edited (with Mariolina Eliantonio) a special issue in German Law Journal on 'Judicial and extra-judicial challenges in the EU multi- and cross-level administrative framework'. He was a visiting fellow at Deusto Law School in Bilbao (fall 2015), a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Law and Governance at Cardiff University (fall 2016) and a visiting researcher at the Historical Archives of the European Union at the European University Institute (fall/ winter 2016-2017). In addition to the Humboldt award for Experienced Researchers, Nikos was awarded a YERUN Research Mobility Award 2021 for the project ‘An exploration of shared management of EU funds in comparative perspective’ (on the basis of which he co-organised a workshop with Mariolina Eliantonio and Emilia Korkea-aho in Brussels in 2022). He was awarded (with Theodore Konstadinides and Anastasia Karatzia) a research grant by the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman for the project ‘Provincial Ombud Offices in Canada and fundamental constitutional principles: An empirical study’. Nikos worked on another project on the independence of the European Court of Auditors, further to a research grant awarded by the Historical Archives of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors. His research has been cited by Advocates General of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C‑418/18 P, Puppinck and Others v Commission; and in Case C‑130/19, European Court of Auditors v Karel Pinxten; and quoted extensively in the concurring Opinion of Judge Serghides of the European Court of Human Rights in Obote v Russia. He has been invited to present research at the European Court of Auditors, the European Ombudsman, and the European Economic and Social Committee. In Essex, Nikos convenes the final year module 'The Protection of Human Rights in the UK', teaches on the Public Law module (‘Foundations of Public Law’) and has taught on research skills-focused modules (Legal Research Skills) and modules at the LLM/ MA level (including 'Regional Human Rights systems').

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights, Regional Systems & Global Challenges (HU200)

  • Public Law (LW103)

  • Career Development Learning Part 1 (LW111)

  • The Protection of Human Rights in the UK (LW244)

  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW924)


Journal articles (17)

Vogiatzis, N., (2022). The Past and Future of the Right to Petition the European Parliament. Yearbook of European Law. 40 (2021), 82-110

Vogiatzis, N., (2022). Interpreting the Right to Interpretation under Article 6(3)(e) ECHR: A Cautious Evolution in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights?. Human Rights Law Review. 22 (1), 1-25

Vogiatzis, N., (2022). The administrative functions of the Court of Justice of the European Union. European Law Review. 47 (2), 222-246

Vogiatzis, N., (2021). The Second Advisory Opinion by the Strasbourg Court under Protocol 16: A Contextual Analysis. European Convention on Human Rights Law Review. 3 (1), 1-18

Athanasiadou, N. and Vogiatzis, N., (2021). The EU Queries: A Form of Extra-Judicial Preliminary Reference in the Field of Maladministration?. German Law Journal. 22 (3), 441-465

Eliantonio, M. and Vogiatzis, N., (2021). Judicial and Extra-Judicial Challenges in the EU Multi- and Cross-Level Administrative Framework. German Law Journal. 22 (3), 315-324

Vogiatzis, N., (2020). The Commission’s ‘Communication’ on a Successful European Citizens’ Initiative before the Court of Justice: ECJ (Grand Chamber) 19 December 2019, Case C-418/18 P, Puppinck and Others v European Commission. European Constitutional Law Review. 16 (4), 691-712

Vogiatzis, N., (2019). The independence of the European court of auditors. Common Market Law Review. 56 (3), 667-701

Vogiatzis, N., (2019). The relationship between European consensus, the margin of appreciation and the legitimacy of the Strasbourg Court. European Public Law. 25 (3), 445-480

Vogiatzis, N., (2018). The EU’s liability owing to the conduct of the European Ombudsman revisited: European Ombudsman v. Staelen. Common Market Law Review. 55 (Issue 4), 1251-1273

Vogiatzis, N., (2017). Between discretion and control: Reflections on the institutional position of the Commission within the European citizens' initiative process. European Law Journal. 23 (3-4), 250-271

Vogiatzis, N., (2016). The linguistic policy of the EU institutions and political participation post-Lisbon. European Law Review. 41 (2), 176-200

Vogiatzis, N., (2016). THE ADMISSIBILITY CRITERION UNDER ARTICLE 35(3)(b) ECHR: A ‘SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE’ TO HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION?. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 65 (1), 185-211

Vogiatzis, N., (2016). Openness in the EU and beyond: The contribution of the European Ombudsman to open meetings and lessons from the Canadian experience. Public Law (Apr), 303-323

Vogiatzis, N., (2015). When 'reform' meets 'judicial restraint': Protocol 15 amending the European Convention on Human Rights. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 66 (2), 127-149

Vogiatzis, N., (2014). Communicating the european ombudsman s mandate: An overview of the annual reports. Journal of Contemporary European Research. 10 (1), 105-123

Vogiatzis, N., (2013). Exploring the European Council's Legal Accountability: Court of Justice and European Ombudsman. German Law Journal. 14 (9), 1661-1686

Books (1)

Vogiatzis, N., (2017). The European Ombudsman and Good Administration in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. 1137573945. 978-1137573940

Book chapters (2)

Vogiatzis, N., (2020). On the Interplay between Good Administration and Sound Financial Management: The View from Strasbourg. In: Financial Accountability in the European Union: Institutions, Policy and Practice. Editors: Stephenson, P., Sanchez-Barrueco, M-L. and Aden, H., . Routledge. 76- 90. 9780429316685

Vogiatzis, N., (2014). The Right to Extra-Judicial Redress in EU Law after the EU's Accession to the ECHR: The Legal Framework, Challenges and the Question of the Prior Involvement of the CJEU. In: The EU Accession to the ECHR. Editors: Kosta, V., Skoutaris, N. and Tzevelekos, V., . Hart Publishing. 45- 64. 1782254463. 9781782254461

Other (1)

Vogiatzis, N., (2019).'European Ombudsman' - Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law entry,Oxford Public International Law web portal

Grants and funding


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

Forum of Canadian Ombudsman

The Administrative Tribunal and Accountability within the Council of Europe

Humboldt Foundation (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung)

+44 (0) 1206 874775


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