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Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
Associate Dean (Student Welfare) in Colleges

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Dr Giannoulopoulos is a College Associate Dean (since 2014) (on Student Welfare and Student Experience), Senior Lecturer in Law and an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and previously a Deputy Head (Learning & Teaching) at Brunel Law School.

Dimitrios’ research lies at the intersection of criminal evidence, European human rights and comparative law. His work provides cross-cultural analysis of Anglo-American and Continental criminal procedure, with a focus on how human rights norms are applied in national jurisdictions across different legal traditions. His main research interests include exclusionary rules for improperly obtained evidence, suspects’ rights and applications of the right to privacy to police investigative methods.

Dimitrios’ research has been funded by the Open Society Forum and the British Academy. In December 2016, he was awarded a significant research grant by the Open Society Initiative for Europe (Open Society Forum), to deliver an ambitious research project that aims to explore perceptions – and deepen awareness – of human rights in the UK, against the backdrop of the UK Bill of Rights debate and post-Brexit withdrawal from EU human rights legislation. In May 2017, Dimitrios was successful in an application to the British Academy conferences fund, to organise a major international conference on ‘Challenges to Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis’ (8-9 May 2017). In July 2017, Dimitrios was also successful in a bid to the ‘Being Human’ festival of the humanities (University of London, AHRC and the British Academy), drawing on the idea of human rights ‘lost and found’. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘research grant capture’ prize in the College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences at Brunel University London.

Dimitrios is the founder and director of the Britain in Europe think tank, and the director of the ‘Knowing our Rights’ research project. He provides commentary on current legal and political affairs to media in the UK, France and Greece (his work has featured in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, BBC, LBC, La Libération, Euronews and France 24, while he regularly appears on Greek national radio and television, and contributes legal and political opinion to Sunday papers in Greece). Dimitrios’ research and public engagement work draws on a variety of partnerships and collaborations, including with human rights NGOs (e.g. ‘Liberty’, ‘Fair Trials’ and ‘Justice’), research hubs and centres (e.g. UK in a Changing Europe, LSE Brexit, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law), professional associations (e.g. the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, the European Criminal Bar Association and the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association), major charities and think tanks (such as the BFI and the Institute of Ideas) as well as a large number of scholars and legal professionals from across the UK and Europe.

Dimitrios’ research has positively impacted upon the work of organisations such as ‘Fair Trials’ and the ‘New Europeans’, where he has acted as an academic adviser in relation to suspects’ rights, improperly obtained evidence and the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, including by submitting written reports and presenting evidence at the European Parliament as well as offering scholarly analysis in the context of working meetings with British MEPs and Michel Barnier’s Article 50 Brexit negotiating team.


PhD / Doctorat en droit : École Doctorale de Droit Comparé, Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I)

MPhil (Brunel)

DEA (LLM) de sciences criminelles et sciences criminologiques (Aix-Marseille III)

LLM in criminal law and criminal procedure (Athens)

LLB (Athens)

University diploma in comparative legal studies (Aix-Marseille III)

PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Brunel)

Programme for the instruction of lawyers (Harvard Law School)

Newest selected publications

Giannoulopoulos, D. (2017) '"Falling on Deaf Ears": Looking for the Salduz Jurisprudence in Greece', in Jackson, J. and Summers, S. (eds.) Obstacles to fairness in Criminal Proceedings. Hart Publishing.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Giannoulopoulos, D. (2016) 'Fair trial rights in the UK post Brexit: out with the Charter and EU law, in with the ECHR?'. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 7. pp. 387 - 396.Open Access Link

Journal article

Giannoulopoulos, DG. (2016) 'Brexit: Opportunities, Challenges and the Road Ahead'. Place of publication: Britain in Europe.Open Access Link


Giannoulopoulos, D. (2016) 'La loyauté des preuves en droit anglais', in Alix, J., Jacquelin, M., Manacorda, S. and Parizot, R. (eds.) Humanisme et Justice. Dalloz. pp. 713 - 729.

Book chapter

Giannoulopoulos, D. and Parizot, R. (2016) 'France', in Reed, A., Bohlander, M., Wake, N. and Smith, E. (eds.) Consent: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge. pp. 381 - 396. ISBN 13: 9781472469953. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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