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Dr Dimitrios Doukas

Senior Lecturer

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Email address d.doukas@qub.ac.uk
Telephone Direct Line (+44) 028 9097 3807
Room 27.202, 27 University Square

LLB, Aristotle University of Thessalonika
Diploma, University of Strasbourg II
LLM, Aristotle University of Thessalonika
PhD, (Dr. iur) University of Hamburg
PGCHET, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr. Dimitrios Doukas joined the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast as Lecturer in European Law in August 2005. He was confirmed in post in 2008 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011.

He graduated with an LLB (with distinction) and a first class LLM in European and International Law from the Aristotle University of Thessalonika in Greece and was awarded a Diploma from the Strasbourg University of Human Sciences in France, Institute of Translators, Interpreters and International Relations. He is a member of the Thessalonika Bar in Greece, where he has practised for several years, and has worked at the Centre of International and European Economic Law in Greece as Research Fellow in EU and Public Law under the supervision of Prof. Vassilios Skouris, present President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and Prof. Krateros Ioannou, former Judge at the CJEU. In 2003 he was awarded the title of Doctor Iuris (magna cum laude) from the University of Hamburg in Germany after successfully completing his PhD thesis in European and Public Law under the supervision of Prof. Meinhard Hilf. While in Hamburg he delivered seminars in his specialist fields and was a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law. His monograph on restrictions on freedom of advertising and the interplay between the fundamental freedoms of the internal market and the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and communication was published in 2005 with Nomos (in German) in one of the most distinguished series entitled ‘Materials for Interdisciplinary Media Research' and edited by Prof. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem, former Judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court. In 2006 Dimitrios qualified for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET) at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Dimitrios specialises and has published widely in European Law, including European Internal Market and Economic Law, EU Constitutional Law and EU Media Law. He has presented on EU law issues to both academic and professional audiences in the UK and overseas. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre of European Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge in 2006, and at St. John’s College, Oxford in 2009. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Professor of European Integration at the Faculty of Law, Institut Catholique de Toulouse (France). Dimitrios was awarded a joint Research Grant by the ESRC worth £160,000 (with Gordon Anthony and John Morison) for a two-year project on Public Interest in UK Courts, which explored wider concepts of public interest and focused on contemporary UK constitutionalism and its interrelation with European law (October 2009 - December 2011). He is currently working on a monograph on Media Law and Market Regulation in the European Union (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2013).

Dimitrios has held research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Justice D. Evrigenis Memorial Fellowships Trust and the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). He has acted as legal advisor to the Greek Ministry of Interior in 1996 and to the Hellenic Republic in Cases C-120/94R Commission v. Greece [1994] ECR I-3037, and C-120/94 Commission v. Greece [1996] ECR I-1513. Dimitrios has been peer reviewer for European Law Review, European Public Law, the Canadian Journal of Political Science the Journal of Common Market Studies and the International Journal of Sports Policy and Politics and for book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Hart Publishing, Pearson Education, Routledge-Cavendish and Intersentia. He is a member of the UK Association for European Law  (UKAEL), the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS),  the Hellenic Association for European Law, the German National Committee of Comparative Law, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the European Union Studies Association  (EUSA), the DAAD-Alumni, and the Germany-Alumni. He is a native speaker in Greek and fluent in English, French, German, and Italian.  


European Internal Market Law
European Constitutional Law
EU Law Mooting
EU Media Law
Supervision of final-year research dissertations in EU and Comparative law
Postgraduate (Taught)
European Internal Market Law
European Constitutional Law
Foundations of European Internal Market Law
Advanced Issues of European Internal Market Law
Supervision of Master dissertations in EU and Comparative Law

EU Internal Market Law; EU Economic Law; EU Media Law; EU and Comparative Constitutional Law.

Selected Publications

“The Sky is not the (Only) Limit: Sports Broadcasting without Frontiers and the Court of Justice – Comment on Murphy” (2012) 37 European Law Review (Thomson: Sweet & Maxwell) 605-626

 “The EU Media Market and the Interplay between the Legislature and the Judiciary”, in P. Syrpis (ed.), The Judiciary, the Legislature and the EU Internal Market (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) 147-176

“In a Bet there is a Fool and a State Monopoly: Are the Odds Stacked against Cross-border Gambling?” (2011) 36 European Law Review (Thomson: Sweet & Maxwell) 242-262

“Free Movement of Broadcasting Services and Abuse of Law”, in R. de la Feria and S. Vogenauer (eds.), Prohibition of Abuse of Law – A New General Principle of EU Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011), 63-91

“The Verdict of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty: Not Guilty, but Don’t Do It Again!” (2009) 34 European Law Review (Thomson: Sweet & Maxwell) 866-888

“Commercial Gambling without Frontiers: When the ECJ Throws, the Dice is Loaded” (2008) 27 Yearbook of European Law (Oxford: OUP) (with J. Anderson) 237-276

“Untying the Market Access Knot: Advertising Restrictions and the Free Movement of Goods and Services” (2006-2007) 9 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (Oxford: Hart Publishing) 177-215

“The Frailty of the Stability and Growth Pact and the European Court of Justice: Much Ado about Nothing?” (2005) 32 Legal Issues of Economic Integration (The Hague: Kluwer Law International) 293-312

Werbefreiheit und Werbebeschränkungen: Eine europa- und grundrechtliche Untersuchung der Kontrollmaßstäbe für Beschränkungen der kommerziellen Kommunikation, dargestellt am EG-Recht, an der EMRK, am deutschen Grundgesetz und an der griechischen Verfassung , Materialien zur interdisziplinären Medienforschung No. 49 (2005) Baden-Baden: Nomos, 458 pp. (ISBN 3-8329-0867-6)

“Fiscal Discipline versus Political Discretion in the EMU: Can the European Court of Justice Close the Pandora’s Box?”, in European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C), 6th Biennial Conference Proceedings, What Kind of Europe? Multiculturalism, Migration, Political Community and Lessons from Canada (2006).


Careers Officer (March 2011-present)
Member of the UG Education Committee (2008-present)
Member of the School’s Plagiarism Panel (2011-present)
Chief Adviser of Studies, LLB (single honours), LLB (Law & Politics) and LLB (Law & Languages) (2010-2011)
Adviser of Studies,  LLB (single honours) (2008-2011)
Member of the School’s Student Progress Committee (2008-2011)
Member of the School’s Staff / Student Consultative Committee (2008-2011)
Member of the School’s Educational Enhancement Process (2009-2010)
Module Leader in European Internal Market Law (2007-present) and European Substantive Law (2005-2007)
Module Leader in European Constitutional Law (UG/level 2) (2010-2011 and 2011-12)
Module Leader in Mooting EU Law (2011-present)
Module Leader in Civil and Comparative Law (2005-2008)
Member of the Governance Research Cluster (2005-present)
Associate Member of the Human Rights Cluster (2005-present)
Member of the Editorial Board, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2009-present)
PDP Tutor to UG students (2010-present)
Member of ad hoc probation committees for probationary lecturers (2006-2011)