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Education CV


10/2011-Today  PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

(Hughes Hall Bursary; Modern Law Review Scholarship)

7/2011   LLM, University of Cambridge (First Class) - European Law Specialisation

(E.M. Burnett Prize)

2/2009   Master's Degree in Civil Law, Civil Procedural Law and Labour Law (Labour Law Dissertation, 42,000 words in Greek: 'The distinction between sectoral and occupational collective agreements and the results of their legal declaration as universally binding'), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Summa Cum Laude, 10/10)

9/2003   Law Degree, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Summa Cum Laude, 8.72/10)

(Municipality of Kavala Scholarship)



8/2005 - Today   Registered Lawyer, Thessaloniki Bar Association

10/2004-3/2005  Apprenticeship and training, Athanassios Yanoussis Law Offices, Thessaloniki (Labour Law, Civil Procedure)

9/2003-10/2004  Apprenticeship and training,Theodoros Simopoulos Law Office, Thessaloniki (Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure)

1/2003-9/2003    Paralegal/Intern, Theodoros Simopoulos Law Office, Thessaloniki 



10/2013-Today    Supervisor - Labour Law, University of Cambridge

10/2012-Today    Supervisor - Constitutional Law, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

5/2010-9/2010     T.A. - Subdivision of Labour Law, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

10/2007-11/2008  Research Assistant - Greek Civil Procedure Law and Labour Law, Prof. Kalliope Makridou, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki                                                [see, in Greek, Makridou K., Δικονομßα Εργατικþν Διαφορþν (Civil Procedure of Labour Disputes), Sakkoulas, Thessaloniki, 2009]

Fields of research

Labour Law

EU Law

Constitutional Law / Constitutional Theory


Collective Labour Rights after the Treaty of Lisbon as an element of the substantive constitutionalisation of EU law



The thesis focuses on core collective labour law rights and concepts (association, collective bargaining and collective action) as integral parts of the EU legal order. These are approached through the hermeneutical lens of the Union’s suggested substantive constitutionalisation.

 It will be attempted to establish that after the Treaty of Lisbon amendments to EU Treaties and the enactment of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (CFREU) the EU displays significant elements of substantive constitutionalisation that allow its primary law to be interpreted accordingly. The rearranged normative constitutional foundations of the Union are to provide the standard and direction for the consistent interpretation of all other provisions of primary and secondary law, establishing a balance between the economic and the social within EU law.Thus, inter alia labour rights and collective labour rights in particular are to be elevated to a prima facie equal level of importance to that of the economic “four freedoms”.This in turn calls for a shift in the approach of collective labour rights by all EU institutions exercising their respective powers, executive, legislative or judicial.

Consequently, the paper analyses the primary work framework of the EU from a suggested constitutional perspective. Fundamental values and objectives that form the normative foundation of the Union's existence and actions are examined. Furthermore, through an examination of the Union's substantive constitution, the role of labour law and collective labour rights within the broader architecture ought to be reconsidered. Therefore, a holistic understanding of the role and function of collective labour law an an integral element of a similarly holistic construction of the aspired political and the existing economic aspects of the EU (the common 'social market economy') is suggested.

As a result of this systematic construction of the position of collective labour rights within the broader scheme of the EU social market economy and the idea of the EU as a constitutional legal order, it is maintained that recent collective labour law case law of the CJEU is at odds with a substantive constitutional interpretation of EU primary law. Hence, alternative interpretative routes are explored.
Furthermore, substantive review can also be relevant as regards EMU related measures resulting from Eurozone crisis induced policies. The fundamental clash between the substantive economic constitution of the Union and the more narrow ordoliberal structure of the EMU Treaty provisions is looked into. Moreover, the basis of EU economic governance actions and policy decisions is critically examined, including the questionable EU almost extra-institutional interference with national collective labour law arrangements via the mechanisms, negotiations and agreements concluded with Eurozone Member States receiving ‘bail-out’ loans to deal with the current financial crisis. 



<p>Prof. Catherine Barnard, Prof. Simon Deakin</p>


Representative Publications

Start Date

Oct 2011

End date

Oct 2015