This is the webpage of Pavlos Eleftheriadis. It is 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 criticised the party's leader Stavros Theodorakis and called on him to step down. At the party's second congress in February 2016, he was nominated for the leadership by 10% of the delegates and received 11% of the eventual vote. He has now stood down from all positions within the party, but still remains passionate about reform in Greek politics and especially for reforms in the area of social justice, human rights and the rule of law.  




Pavlos Eleftheriadis is Professor of Public Law and a Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. He teaches Constitutional Law, European Union 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 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 TorontoIn 2013 he was a Distinguished Global Fellow in Residence at Boston College. 

 He has been an active commentator on the Eurozone crisis in the press. He has been interviewed by publications such as Der SpiegelLe MondeNRC HandelsbladEl PaisThe Irish Times,  The New York TimesChannel 4 and many others.

In 2014 he was a founding member of a new progressive political party in Greece, 'To Potami', and stood as a candidate in the European elections of 2014 and the parliamentary elections of 2015. He served on its national executive until 2015.

In March 2015 he was an invited speaker at the OECD's annual Integrity Forum, in Paris.

In May 2015 he gave the lecture: 'The Deliberative Constitution. Sovereignty and its Alternatives' at KU Leuven, in the series 'Sovereignty, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow' organised by the KU Leuven Law Faculty, and KU Leuven's Institute of Philosophy.

On 1 June 2015 he was a speaker at the Egmonst Institute in Brussels on populism and euro-scepticism in the European Union

On June 30, 2015 he spoke at the joint PEBA/UKSALA seminar on 'State Aid and Infrastructure Projects' in London.

On 14 October 2015 he spoke on 'Trust, Justice and the Party System' at the international conference 'Greece Forward: Progressive Solutions for Today and Tomorrow' which was organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and To Diktio, in Athens, Greece. 

On 7 November 2015 he spoke on 'Constitutional Change through Deliberation' at a workshop on Deliberative Constitutionalism at University College London. 

On 11 December 2015 he presented a comment on Frank Michelman's paper on social rights and constitutional legitimacy at a workshop on constitutional values at King's College London. 

On January 14-15, 2016 he spoke on 'Global Institutions and Legitimacy' at a workshop at the European University Institute, Florence

On May 29, 2016 he spoke on 'The UK and the Eurozone' at the Bar European Group Annual Conference in Taormina, Italy.

In June 2016 he presented a paper on 'A Theory of Jurisdiction' at the British Academy Workshop on Natural, Moral and Legal Rights at the Department of Philosophy, Unisversity of Stirling.

In August 25 and 26 he was a keynote speaker on 'Cosmopolitan Legitimacy' at the conference 'Philosophical Foundations of Global Law' at the University of Cartagena, Colombia.

He was a keynote speaker on 'A Theory of Jurisdiction' at the 5th UNAM Conference in Legal Philosophy, at Mexico City, Mexico on 22-25 Novmber 2016. 

On February 10 2017 he was a speaker on 'Constitutional Rights as Moral Judgments' at a conference on the work of Robert Alexy entitled 'Human Rights and the Nature of Law' in the University of Talinn, Estonia. 

He spoke at a workshop on legal pluralism in the EU at the Vrije University of Amsterdam in November 2017.

On February 09, 2018 he was a speaker at the conference 'Europe in Hard Times: What is to be Done' in the University of Talinn, Estonia.


He has been an active commentator on the Eurozone crisis in the press. He has been interviewed by publications such as Der SpiegelLe MondeNRC HandelsbladEl PaisThe Irish Times,  The New York TimesChannel 4 and many others. Some of his articles for the press are: 

'Only a New Political Order Can Rescue Greece', Financial Times, 28 May 2012

'Greece's Anti-Capitalist Turn', Wall Street Journal, 21 January 2013

 'Why Germany is the Eurozone's Biggest Free Rider' Fortune, 22 October 2014

 'Misrule of the Few', Foreign Affairs, November/December, 2014  

'Syriza's Dark Side' Project Syndicate, 11 Feburary 2015

'Hoffnungsträger Syriza? Nein!', Berliner Republik, February 2015

'The Real Case for Greece', Policy Network, 22 April 2015

'Cynical Populism', Open Democracy, 10 June 2015

'The Unfair Eurozone', Verfassungsblog.de, 11 June 2015

'What is Wrong with Greece?' Telegraph, 10 July 2015

'The EU Protects Liberty but a British Bill of Rights Would Endanger It', The Conversation, 26 November 2015 & UK Constitutional Law Blog, 14 December 2015.

'Is Greece About to be Martyred Again?' Telegraph, 28 January 2016

' The Proposed New Legal Settlement of the UK with the EU’ U.K. Constitutional Law Blog (13th Feb 2016)

'The UK and the Eurozone' Oxford Business Law Blog, 06 June 2016

'A New Referendum is a Constitutional Requirement' Oxford Business Law Blog, 04 July 2016.

'A Second Referendum is Probably Legally Required' InFacts, 06 July 2016

'How Brexit Will Fail' Oxford Business Law Blog, 27 October 2016

'The Illegitimacy of Brexit' Open Democracy, 11 January 2017

'How the Government Lost the Article 50 Case',  InFacts, 27 January 2017

 'The Elegant Way of the Constitution' Solicitors Journal, 21 February 2017

'EU Financial Claims Against UK Are Enforceable' InFacts, 22 March 2017

'UK's Obligations Will Not Go to Zero If We Quit With No Deal', InFacts, 23 March 2017

'Right to Remain May Already Be Guaranteed', InFacts, 24 March 2017

His Lexis Nexis Interview on the proposed changes to EU electoral law (taken no 06 January 2016) is here.

His interview with Debating Europe on a second British referendum is here.

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.