Dr Anastasia Karatzia

PhD Research Student

Qualifications: LLB, LLM


Further information


Anastasia graduated with an LLB from University of Surrey in 2011 and subsequently completed her LLM with distinction at Queen Mary University, London. Both her undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation theses examined issues of EU law; free movement of goods and EU financial law respectively.

Research Interests

Anastasia's research focuses on the institutionalisation of the opportunities for citizens' participation in the European Union post-Lisbon. The thesis examines how participatory democracy as established in Article 11 TEU complements the already established model of representative democracy in the functioning of the European Union. In particular, the research aims to examine whether the new tool of transnational participatory democracy established by Article 11(4) TEU, namely the European Citizens' Initiative, is able to enhance civic participation in the democratic life of the EU.

Her other research interests include: EU constitutional law; EU's democratic deficit; EU and global financial regulation and supervision; Judicial Review of Direct Democracy

Research Collaborations

Anastasia is a research assistant for REDICLAIM, an interdisciplinary project funded by the European Commission which explores the regulatory framework of 'reduction of disease risk claims' according to EU food law.

She is also a volunteer researcher for the EU Rights Clinic , assisting citizens with enforcing their EU mobility rights.


Karatzia A. ‘The European Citizens’ Initiative in Practice: Legal Admissibility Concerns’ (2015) 40(4) ELRev 509

Karatzia A. 'Cypriot depositors before the CJEU: Knocking on the wrong door?' (King's Law Journal, forthcoming 2015)

Konstadinides T. and Karatzia A. 'Civil Protection and Lisbon's Mutual Solidarity Clause: Legal and Operational aspects' in Biondi A, Dagilyte E, and Kucuk E, (eds) The Different Faces of Solidarity in European Union Law:The implications of the Lisbon Treaty and the Economic Crisis (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2014)

Karatzia A. 'The European Citizens' Initiative: Giving Voice to EU citizens' (2013) King's Student Law Review-Blog Series


Anastasia has teaching experience in European Union Law and Legal Skills. She has also acted as an assistant for the Law Essay Clinic.

Departmental Duties

Anastasia is a managerial editor for Surrey Law Working Paper Series and acts as a research assistant for Dr Theodore Konstadinides. She is also a member of SELU and assists in the preparation of funding proposals for workshops and seminars.


  • Dr Theodore Konstadinides 
  • Dr Jane Marriott.


‘What Role for the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Development of the European Citizens’ Initiative?’ 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Council of European Studies, Paris, forthcoming, July 2015

‘The European Citizens’ Initiative Two Years On: Realism and Possibilities of Affecting EU law-making.’ UACES Annual Multidisciplinary Conference, Cork , September 2014

‘Participatory democracy in the EU and the European Citizens’ Initiative.' Jean Monnet Lecture for CRonEM (Centre for Research on the European Matrix, Politics Department, University of Surrey) Seminar Series, April 2014, invited as a guest lecturer

‘Representative and Participatory democracy in the EU after the Treaty of Lisbon.’ UACES Annual Student Forum, ‘Evolving Europe: Voices of the Future’, Loughborough July 2013

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