Dimitrios Kagiaros

Dimitrios Kagiaros is a Lecturer in Law at the Exeter Law School and a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. Before joining Exeter, he taught on constitutional law, administrative law and human rights law courses at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hull. He was awarded his PhD for his thesis “Whistle-blowing and democratic governance: Public Interest limitations in Security and Intelligence” in 2015 from the University of Hull under the supervision of Professor Patrick Birkinshaw. His research interests include whistle-blower protection, the impact of European sovereign debt crisis on human rights, referendum processes, and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to freedom of expression.

Research Interests

Dimitrios’ research primarily focuses on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. His research examines the nascent framework for whistleblower protection under the ECtHR and the means by which it can be implemented at the state level. Additionally, he has worked on ECtHR responses to austerity examining whether a minimum of welfare protection can be recognised under the Convention. He is currently building on this research to examine the ‘good faith’ requirement in ECtHR case law on whistleblowing, and the use of ‘vulnerability’ as a tool to increase state obligations under human rights law.

Select Outputs

D. Kagiaros. “In search of a ‘social minimum’: Austerity and destitution in the European Court of Human Rights.” European Public Law 25, no. 4 (2019).

D. Kagiaros. “When to use European Consensus: Assessing the Differential Treatment of Minority Groups by the European Court of Human Rights.” In Building Consensus on European Consensus Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights in Europe and Beyond, edited by P. Kapotas and V. Tzevelekos. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

E.C. Adam, D. Kagiaros, and S. Tierney. “Democracy in Question? Direct Democracy in the European Union.” European Constitutional Law Review 14, no. 2 (2018): 261282. DOI.

D. Kagiaros and A. Wyper. “Protecting Whistleblowers: the Roles of Public and Private International Law.” In Linkages and Boundaries in Private and Public International Law, edited by V. Ruiz Abou-Nigm, K. McCall-Smith, and D. French, 217240. Hart Publishing, 2018.

D. Kagiaros, T. Lock, C. Bell, F. De Londras, K. Dzehtsiarou, E. Bates, and T. Daly. “Brexit and the British Bill of Rights.” 2017. Web link.

D. Kagiaros. “Protecting ‘national security’ whistleblowers in the Council of Europe: an evaluation of three approaches on how to balance national security with freedom of expression.” International Journal of Human Rights 19, no. 4 (2015): 408428. DOI.

Select Conference Appearances

“The austerity case-law of the European Court of Human Rights: A positive obligation to provide a social minimum?,” The Battle against Poverty: Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum – Working Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-14 September 2018. (Invited Speaker)

“The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Shaping the Law of State Surveillance,” ICON-S Conference, Courts, Power and Public Law, Copenhagen, Denmark, 5-7 July 2017.

“The European Court of Human Rights and Austerity: Defining the role of the International Judge in the European Debt Crisis,” Association of Human Rights Institutions Annual Conference, 50 Years of the Two UN Human Rights Covenants: Legacies and Prospects, Utrecht, The Netherlands, September 2016.

“When to Use Consensus: Assessing the Differential Treatment of Minority Groups by the European Court of Human Rights,” Building Consensus on European Consensus, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1-2 June 2016.

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