Dr Theodore Konstadinides
Senior Lecturer in Law
Qualifications: LLB Qld (Kent); LLM European Law (Kent); PhD Law (UCL)
Phone: Work: 01483 68 6224
Room no: 07 AP 02
Theodore Konstadinides is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law. His research and teaching focuses on European constitutional law. He has previously taught at University College London and has been a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Vrije Amsterdam and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. Theodore has also acted consultant for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on EU external relations matters. He has written on a number of issues, including EU competence delimitation, EU external relations and judicial protection in criminal matters.
Theodore is currently working on his second monograph on the rule of law in the European Union. The purpose of this book is to identify the procedural and substantive dimension of the rule of law in EU internal and external policies in order to provide a better understanding of the evolution, scope and application of EU law in practice. The monograph will be published by Hart in 2016.
Theodore’s main area of interest coheres around European constitutional law. His research explores, in particular, the delineation of competence between the EU and the Member States and the impact of European integration on national constitutional systems.
His research interests broadly include:
- EU constitutional law: for instance, constitutional pluralism, the legal principles that underpin EU law and the European context in which public law develops.
- EU external relations: particularly, issues of competence, the relationship between EU and public international law and the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
- EU security policy: especially, the shift of sovereign-sensitive policy areas from the periphery towards the centre of the EU constitutional framework (e.g. the fight against terrorism and serious crime, and defence cooperation - CSDP).
- Protection of fundamental rights in EU law: in particular, effective judicial protection in criminal matters, and the right to mobility through EU citizenship.
Theodore welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students in a variety of European law-related topics.
Miss Anastasia Karatzia researching on the European Citizen Initiative and the transition of the EU from Representative to Participatory Democracy.
Books (Authored & Edited)
Konstadinides T. (auth.) The Rule of EU Law: The Evolution and Scope of the European Constitutional Project (Oxford, Hart Publishing, Modern Studies in European Law, 2016), approx 300p.
Dzehtsiarou K., Konstadinides T., Lock T., and O’Meara N. (eds.) Human Rights Law in Europe: The influence, overlaps and contradictions of the EU and the ECHR (London, Routledge, Research in Human Rights Law, 2014), 256p. ISBN: 9780415825993
Dyson T. and Konstadinides T. (auth.) European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and International Relations Theory (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, New Security Challenges Series, 2013), 280p. ISBN: 9781137281296
Eckes C. and Konstadinides T. (eds.) Crime within the Area of Freedom Security and Justice: A European Public Order (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011), 328p. ISBN: 9781107002159
Konstadinides T. (auth.) Division of Powers in European Union Law: The Delimitation of Internal Competence between the EU and the Member States (The Hague, Kluwer Law International, European Monographs Series, 2009), 352p. ISBN: 9888880044
Chapters in Edited Volumes
Konstadinides T. and O’Meara N. ‘Rebalancing Judicial Protection in Criminal Matters after Lisbon and Stockholm’ in C. Murphy and D. Acosta Arcarazo (eds.) EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm (Oxford, Hart Publishing, forthcoming: 2013). ISBN: 9781849464222
Konstadinides T. ‘Mass Surveillance and Data Protection in EU Law: The Data Retention Directive Saga’ in Bergström M. and Jonsson Cornell A.J. (eds.) European Police and Criminal Law Cooperation (Oxford, Hart Publishing, Swedish Studies in European Law, forthcoming: 2013), Chapter 5. ISBN: 9781849463508
Herlin-Karnell, E. and Konstadinides T. ‘The EU Constitutional Landscape in a Multi-Speed Context: the Ins and Outs of Differentiated Integration’ in S. Blockmans and B. Van Vooren (eds.) How to Legally Accommodate Variable Geometry in EU External Action? (Brussels, Centre for European Policy Studies, forthcoming: 2013)
Konstadinides T. ‘The Europeanisation of Extradition: How Many Light Years Away to Mutual Confidence?’ in Eckes C. and Konstadinides T. (eds.) Crime within the Area of Freedom Security and Justice: A European Public Order (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011), Chapter 7, pp.192-223. ISBN: 9781107002159
Articles in International (Refereed) Journals
Konstadinides T. ‘Civil protection cooperation in EU law: Is there room for solidarity to wriggle past?’ (2013) 19 (2) European Law Journal 267-282. ISSN (printed): 1351-5993. ISSN (electronic): 1468-0386.
Konstadinides T. ‘When in Europe: Customary international law and EU competence in the sphere of external action’ (2012) 13 (11) German Law Journal 1177-1201. ISSN: 2071-8322.
Konstadinides T. ‘Drawing the line between Circumvention and Gap-Filling: An Exploration of the Conceptual Limits of the Treaty’s Flexibility Clause’ (2012) 31 (1) Yearbook of European Law 227-262. ISSN: 0263-3264, Online ISSN: 2045-0044
Konstadinides T. ‘Constitutional Identity as a Shield and as a Sword: The European Legal Order within the Framework of National Constitutional Settlement’ (2011) 13 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 195-218. ISSN: 1528-8870.
Konstadinides T. ‘Destroying democracy on the ground of defending it? The Data Retention Directive, the surveillance state and our constitutional ecosystem’ (2011) 36 (5) European Law Review 722-736. ISSN: 0307-5400
*Reproduced by arrangement in (2012) 1 European Current Law IX-XXI (Focus Article). ISSN: 0964-0037
Konstadinides T. ‘La Fraternité Européenne? The Extent of National Competence to Condition the Acquisition and Loss of Nationality from the perspective of EU Citizenship’ (2010) 35 (3) European Law Review 401-414. ISSN: 0307-5400
Konstadinides T. ‘Wavering between Centres of Gravity: Comment on Ireland v. Parliament and Council’ (2010) 35 (1) European Law Review 88-102. ISSN: 0307-5400
Konstadinides T. ‘Citizenship within the Scope Ratione Materiae of Community Law: The Current Approach of the Court of Justice’ (2009) 4 European Current Law XI-XV (Focus Article). ISSN: 0964-0037
Konstadinides T. ‘The Perils of the Europeanisation of Extradition Procedures in the EU: Mutuality, Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Guarantees’ (2007) 14 (2) Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 179-200. ISSN: 1023-263X
Konstadinides T. ‘Now and then: Fischer’s Core Europe in the Aftermath of the Collapse of December 2003 Constitutional Talks’ (2004) 11 (1) Irish Journal of European Law 117-140. ISSN: 0791-5403
Electronic Publications / Shorter Articles
Konstadinides, T. ‘The current state of competence in Civil Protection: Civil Protection and the Solidarity Clause (Article 222 TFEU)’, Evidence on the government’s Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU, Foreign Policy Report, January 2013 (forthcoming: Summer 2013).
Konstadinides, T. ‘Defence cooperation in Europe in the context of the European Union’s Common Defence and Security Policy: what has been, will be again?’ (2013) 92 Amicus Curiae 11-13. ISSN: 1461-2097
Konstadinides T. ‘EU citizenship: Breaking loose from the constraints of nation-statist settings and free movement requirements?’ Euroscope Autumn 2011, p.40-41, Sussex European Institute (available at www.sussex.ac.uk/sei/euroscope).
Konstadinides T. ‘Civil Protection in Europe and the Lisbon ‘Solidarity Clause’: A Genuine Legal Concept or a Paper Exercise?’ (2011) 3 Uppsala Faculty of Law Working Papers 1-21 (available at www.jur.uu.se).
Konstadinides T. ‘The Element of Conditionality in the Pre-Accession Strategy of the East and Central East European Enlargement’ (2004) 1 Common Law Review 12-16. ISSN: 1213-4678
A. O’Neil, EU Law for UK Lawyers (2nd ed., Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2011) (2013) European Public Law (forthcoming)
R.A. Wessel and S. Blockmans (eds.) Between Autonomy and Dependence: The EU Legal Order under the Influence of International Organisations (Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2013), (2013) European Law Review (forthcoming). ISSN: 0307-5400
M. Fichera, The Implementation of the European Arrest Warrant in the European Union: Law, Policy and Practice (Antwerp, Intersentia, 2011), (2011) 48 (4) Common Market Law Review 1363-1364. ISSN: 1213-4678
S. Currie, Migration, Work and Citizenship in the Enlarged European Union (London, Ashgate, 2008), (2009) 34 (4) European Law Review 665-667. ISSN: 0307-5400
J.H. Jans, S. Preschal and R.J.G.M.Widdershoven, Europeanisation of Public Law (Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2007), (2008) 33 (3) European Law Review 444-446. ISSN: 0307-5400
EU Law II (Level 2, convenor)
Counter-Terrorism Law (Level 3, convenor)
EU International Relations Law (LLM, convenor)
Departmental DutiesProgramme Leader for Combined Honours LLB Degrees
Co-Coordinator of the Surrey European Law Unit (SELU)
2013 conferences / lectures
25-27/06/2013, Council for European Studies (Columbia University), 20th International Conference of Europeanists, ‘Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Speaker on panel / paper entitled: ‘Challenges to the external dimension of the Area of Freedom Security & Justice’.
21/06/2013, Centre of European Law Legal Workshop, ‘European Union: Solidarity in Question’, King's College, London, UK
Speaker on a panel / paper entitled: ‘Civil Protection and the Treaty’s Solidarity Clause’
06/05/2013, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Workshop, ‘How to Legally Accommodate Variable Geometry in EU External Action?’, Brussels, Belgium.
Speaker on a panel / paper entitled: ‘Reconciling Consistency with Differentiation in EU External Relations’.