Costas Douzinas


Costas Douzinas LLB (Athens) LLM PhD (London) is a Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Professor Douzinas joined the Department in 1992 and was Head of Department from 1996 to 2002. Costas was educated in Athens during the Colonels dictatorship where he joined the student resistance. He left Greece in 1974 and continued his studies in London, where he received the Masters in Law and PhD degrees from the LSE and, in Strasbourg, where he received the degree for teachers of Human Rights. He taught at Middlesex, Lancaster and Birkbeck where he was appointed in 1992 as a member of the team which established the Birkbeck School of Law.

Professor Douzinas is a visiting Professor at the University of Athens and has held visiting posts at the Universities of Paris, Thessaloniki and Prague. In 1997 he was awarded a Jean Monnet fellowship by the European University Institute, Florence. In 1998 he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and at the Cardozo School of Law. In 2002, he was a Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane and at the Universities of Beijing and Nanjing.

Professor Douzinas is also the Pro-Vice Master at Birkbeck for International Links.

Fellowships and distinctions

  • Visiting Professor at the School of Politics, University of Athens (1996 to present)
  • Chair of the RAE panel for Politics at the University of Athens (1999-2000)
  • Visiting Professor at the Cardozo Law School, New York (1998)
  • Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Humanities, Princeton University (March-April 1998)
  • Jean Monet Fellow, EUI Florence (Sept 1997 - March 1998)
  • Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Charles University, Prague (1996 and 1997)