This is the webpage of Pavlos Eleftheriadis. It is mainly aimed at supporting Pavlos' political work in Greece, where he helped set up the new progressive and pro-EU political party 'To Potami' (the River). He was a Potami candidate in the 2014 European Parliament elections and the January and September 2015 general elections.

After the party's poor electoral result in September 2015, he challenged  the party's founding leader StavrosTheodorakis for the leadership. At the party's second congress in February 2016, he was nominated by 10% of the party delegates and received 11% of the vote. He has now stood down from all positions within the party, but still remains passionate about reform in Greek politics. 

Some of his occasional publications are here




Pavlos Eleftheriadis is a Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. He teaches European Union law, Constitutional law and philosophy of law. He is also a barrister in England and Wales and practises in EU and public law from Francis Taylor Building in the Temple. 

He studied at the Universities of Athens (BA, 1990) and Cambridge (LLM, 1991, PhD, 1995). Before joining Oxford he was a lecturer at the London School of Economics. He has been a visiting professor of European Law at Columbia University and a visiting fellow in Hellenic Studies at Princeton. He was awarded the Bodossaki Prize for Law in 2005.

His book Legal Rights - which offered arguments against the legal positivist account of law and rights and in favour of a moral account of legal rights based on public reason - was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Since then he has written on the theory of human rights, the right to health, the idea of sovereignty, the problem of parliamentary sovereignty as well as several aspects of the constitutional theory of the EU. He is currently at work on a monograph on constitutional theory entitled The Deliberative Constitution. He is the co-editor (with Julie Dickson) of the collection of essays The Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

In 2012 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto. In 2013 he was a Distinguished Global Fellow in Residence at Boston College. 

He regularly gives lectures in legal philosophy and European law both in the UK and overseas.  

His radio interview with LBC radio on the requirement for a second EU referendum is available here. The BBC's discussion of his argument is here.

You can follow him on twitter at @PEleftheriadis.