Eleni Polymenopoulou is Lecturer in Law at Brunel University and visiting lecturer at the University of Grenoble2 (France). She wrote her doctoral thesis in French (University of Grenoble/University of Athens co-supervising) on the topic of conflicts of rights and ‘clashes’ between artistic freedom and religious beliefs.She has participated in a number of international conferences (US, UK, France, Greece, Poland, Finland, Holland) and has published several book chapters and articles in leading peer-reviewed journals of international and international human rights law.Her research focuses on the intersections between culture, religion and the law, freedom of expression, questions of religious extremism, as well as on the adjudication of social and cultural rights. Alongside her academic appointment, she has been working as a practicing lawyer and has collaborated with a number of NGOs in Greece, France and the UK, including the Greek Council for Refugees, the French Observatory of Intercultural Territories and the international organization for Freedom of Expression, Article19. In 2015, she produced a country report on ‘Freedom of Expression in Greece’ for the International Press Institute (IPI), focusing on journalistic freedom, police violence against reporters and criminal defamation.Eleni is also a children literature writer and has most recently published ‘Fotis’s voyage to the Land of Colours’ (Athens: Patakis 2013)..
PhD, University Pierre Mendès-France (Grenoble2) and University of AthensLLM, University Pierre Mendès-France (Grenoble2)LLB, University of AthensQualified lawyer (Athens Bar Association)
Newest selected publications
Polymenopoulou, E. (2017) 'Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Artistic Expressions: “Localizing” Intellectual Property Rights and UNESCO Claims'. Canadian Journal of Human Rights, 6 (1). pp. 87 - 124.Open Access Link
Polymenopoulou, E. (2017) 'Arts, Censorship and the Greek Law: Blasphemy v Hate Speech'. International Human Rights Law Review, 6 (1). pp. 109 - 132. ISSN: 2213-1027 Open Access Link
Polymenopoulou, E. (2017) 'The role of ‘culture’ and ‘cultural rights’ in the prevention and management of disasters', in Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani, Emanuele Sommario, Federico Casolari, Giulio Bartolini. (ed.) Human Rights in Times of Disasters. Routledge.Open Access Link
Polymenopoulou, E. (2017) 'Freedom of the Arts', inMax Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford University Press.Open Access Link
Polymenopoulou, E. (2016) 'Collective Cultural Claims before the International Court of Justice', inCultural Rights As Collective Rights - An International Law Perspective. Brill.Open Access Link