Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis
Email Address: D.Tsarapatsanis@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6835
Room No: EF01C
I hold an LLB from the University of Athens, where I also obtained my first postgraduate degree, an LLM in EU and International Law. I then continued my postgraduate studies in Legal Theory at Université Paris X-Nanterre. Immediately afterwards I was awarded a state-funded Research Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies in the field of bioethics and biolaw. I subsequently obtained my PhD with distinction (summa cum laude) from Université Paris X-Nanterre. In my PhD thesis I argued that the reasonable pluralism of views about the value of prenatal human life precludes the attribution of legal personhood to the human embryo and foetus. My thesis was awarded a Paul Ricœur prize and was published in 2010.
I joined the School of Law in 2012. Prior to that, I was a part-time Teaching Assistant at the University of Athens. During the same time, I worked as an Attorney-at-law in an Athens-based law firm, specializing in EU Law and European Human Rights Law.
- PhD, Université Paris X-Nanterre
- DEA, Université Paris X-Nanterre
- LLM, University of Athens
- LLB, University of Athens
Teaching and Learning
My teaching is a reflection of my research interests and strengths. The topics I teach draw on previous work on legal theory and the interaction between fundamental rights and the legitimacy of courts and bioethics from a domestic, European and international perspective. I am particularly interested in public law, the regulation of IVF and new biotechnologieshuman rights and judicial decision making, as well as on the moral and legal status of prenatal human lifea variety of issues in bioethics..
Through my teaching, I aim to inspire students and to instil analytical rigour and the argumentative attitude that are absolutely essential in successful legal practice.
The modules I teach are:
|The Theory and Practice of the Human Rights Act 1998 (Convenor)||Public Law - GDL (Convenor)|
|Public Law in the UK and the EU||EU Law - GDL (Convenor)|
|Legislatures and the Legislative Process||Administrative Law - MA Law|
|Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice|
- Judicial decision-making and empirical approaches to law
- European and international human rights law
- Public Law
- Legal theory
Areas of Research Supervision
- Human Rights
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures
- 'Legislation, Generality and Kinds of Moral Input', SLS Conference, Nottingham, September 2014
- Tsarapatsanis D (2010) Les fondements éthiques des discours juridiques sur le statut de la vie humaine anténatale. Presses universitaires de Paris Nanterre.
- Aletras N, Tsarapatsanis D, Preoţiuc-Pietro D & Lampos V (2016) Predicting judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights: a Natural Language Processing perspective. PeerJ Computer Science, 2. View this article in WRRO
- Tsarapatsanis D () The ‘Consensus Approach’ of the European Court of Human Rights as a Rational Response to Complexity. Law, Science and Society. View this article in WRRO
- Tsarapatsanis D () Representative Legislatures, Grammars of Political Representation and the Generality of Statutes. Ratio Juris: an international journal of jurisprudence and philosophy law. View this article in WRRO
- Tsarapatsanis D (2017) The Margin of Appreciation as an Underenforcement Doctrine In Agha Petr (Ed.), Human Rights Between Law and Politics. The Margin of Appreciation in Post-National Contexts. (pp. 71-88). Hart Publishing View this article in WRRO