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Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis

Position: Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6835
Room No: EF01C

Academic Profile

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:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
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

Research Interests

  • Judicial decision-making and empirical approaches to law
  • European and international human rights law
  • Public Law
  • Legal theory
  • Bioethics

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Bioethics

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • 'Legislation, Generality and Kinds of Moral Input', SLS Conference, Nottingham, September 2014

Key Publications


Journal articles


  • 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 RIS download Bibtex download