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Dr Ermioni Xanthopoulou
Senior Lecturer in Law


Ermioni is a senior lecturer in law at Brunel Law School, where she is currently teaching criminal law, migration and refugee law, and where she is also participating in the European Commission's Horizon 2020 ITFLOWS research project. Her research focuses on the EU's area of freedom, security and justice – particularly in EU criminal, migration, and asylum law, as well as human rights. She is the author of 'Fundamental Rights and Mutual Trust in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A Role for Proportionality?' published with Hart Publishing in 2020 and of several other publications. Her article, 'Mutual Trust and Rights in EU Criminal and Asylum Law: Three Phases of Evolution and the Unchartered Territory beyond Blind Trust', was awarded the 2017 Common Market Law Review Prize for young academics. Ermioni conducted her doctoral research at King's College London (2012-2017) with a scholarship from the Centre of European Law. 

Ermioni was granted the Athena Swan Research Award to conduct her individual research project on externalising trends of asylum law and she will be working on this project during 2022-2023 with the support of CBASS funds.  

Before joining Brunel, Ermioni was a lecturer in law at the University of Hertfordshire for three years. During her doctoral studies at KCL, Ermioni was also a visiting lecturer at London School of Economics. She also volunteered at Amnesty International and completed her Legal Practice Training in Greece. 


Fellow in Higher Education Academy, BEEC Brunel University London Oct. 2018 - July 2019

Ph.D. in Law, King’s College London, The Dickson Poon School of Law      Oct. 2012 – July 2017

Fully funded by the Centre of European Law Scholarship.

LL.M. (European Law, achieved Distinction)University of Surrey Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2011

Erasmus Exchange Study, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France Oct. 2008 – Feb. 2009

LL.B. (52 modules), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece Oct. 2005 – Jul. 2010