Photo of Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, Lecturer

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 bioethics from a domestic, European and international perspective. I am particularly interested in the regulation of IVF and new biotechnologies, as well as on the moral and legal status of prenatal human life.

Through my teaching, I aim to inspire students and to instill analytical rigour and the argumentative attitude that are absolutely essential in successful legal practice.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Jurisprudence: Law and Morality Principles of Bioethics (Convenor)
Law and Political Theory European Health Governance
The Theory and Practice of the Human Rights Act 1998 (Convenor) Law and Regulation of Biotechnology (Convenor)
Understanding Law Principles of Health Law & Policy
Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law and Ethics International Biolaw (Convenor)
Public Law - GDL (Convenor)

Research Interests

  • Judicial decision-making
  • The nature and function of bioethics norms
  • The content and protection of fundamental rights
  • European and international human rights law
  • Comparative constitutional law
  • Legal theory

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Bioethics and Biolaw
  • Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

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

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Attorney at Law, Athens Bar
  • Project Lead for the EU Constitutional Reform Research Project for Bridging Europe

Key Publications