Pavlos Eleftheriadis is Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford. He specialises in European Union law, public law and jurisprudence. His research interests are in constitutional and administrative law both in their domestic and European dimensions and in the philosophy of law.
He offered a general theory of European Union law in his book A Union of Peoples: Europe as a Community of Principle (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is also the co-editor (with Julie Dickson) of the collection of essays The Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (Oxford University Press, 2012).
He was educated at the University of Athens (BA, 1990) and the University of Cambridge (LLM, 1991, PhD, 1995). He was a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School (2001), a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto (2012), and a Distinguished Global Fellow in Residence at Boston College (2013).
He is a barrister in England and Wales and practises before the English courts in public law, EU law and planning law. Some of his recent cases involved challenging the Brexit process on constitutional grounds, including the case of Wilson v Prime Minister  EWCA Civ 304. He occasionally writes on constitutional, legal and general European political issues for the press. His articles have been published by the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph and the Greek newspaper ‘To Vima’, as well as the legal blog ‘Verfassungsblog’.
Natural Reason and the Ethical Foundations of European Law
Most defences of the European Union are consequentialist. They say that for this or that reason the EU serves interests in prosperity or security. The most common attack on the European Union, however, is not consequentialist but based on a constitutional theory of ‘popular sovereignty’. If you believe that popular sovereignty is the ground of … ContinuedRead the article
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