Irini KatsireaDr Irini Katsirea

Reader in International Media Law

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LLM (Leicester); PhD (Cambridge)

Dr Irini Katsirea is Reader in International Media Law at the University of Sheffield. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2015. Before her appointment at the University of Sheffield, Irini was Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, London. She has served as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is a member of the Athens Bar. She holds a First Examination in Law from the Free University of Berlin, an LLM in European and International Trade Law from the University of Leicester and a PhD from Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Research interests

Irini's research interests are in the areas of international, European and comparative media law as well as EU Law. She has published extensively in these areas. Her current research projects include 'Press regulation in an Era of Convergence', funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. She welcomes PhD applications in her areas of research.


Current PhD students

  • Aiman Alsaeedi: The integration of user-generated contents and citizen journalism within professional journalistic frameworks at the Arab news channels
  • Gemma Horton: Exploring the right to privacy of celebrities under the European Convention on Human Rights and in France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America: a comparative analysis of how the law and journalists balance the right to privacy of celebrities against freedom of speech



Irini has taught a variety of subjects including intellectual property and media law, EU law and international commercial arbitration. She is currently module leader for JNL6075 Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives and oversees dissertation work by students on MA Global Journalism (JNL6133) and MA International Public and Political Communication (JNL6600).

Selected publications

'Electronic Press: "Press-like" or "television-like"?' (2015) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 23 (2), 134-156.

'Public Service Broadcasting in Greece in the Era of Austerity' (with P. Iosifidis), Centre for Media Freedom and Pluralism Working Paper Series, European University Institute, RSCAS 2014/42, 1-17.

'The Television without Frontiers Directive' (2014) in K. Donders (ed.), Palgrave Handbook on European Media Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, 297-311

'Commercial influences on programme content: The German and UK approaches to transposing the EU rules on product placement (2012, with T. Gibbons) Journal of Media Law 4 (2), 159-188.

'Who is Afraid of Public Service Broadcasting? The Digital Future of an Age-Old Institution under Threat' (2012) Yearbook of European Law 31, 416-451.

'The three-step test. Three steps forwards or backwards for public service broadcasting in Germany?' (2011) in K. Donders and H. Moe (eds), Exporting the Public Value Test: Views from Academia and Practioners, Nordicom, 59-67.

'Cultural Diversity in Broadcasting' (2009) in D. Goldberg and I. Walden (eds), Media Law and Practice, OUP, 463-499.

Public Broadcasting and European Law. A Comparative Examination of Public Service Obligations in Six Member States (2008), Kluwer, xxxii + 444 pp.

Cultural Diversity and European Integration in Conflict and in Harmony (2001), Ant. N. Sakkoulas

Full publications list