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Dr Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis

Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis is a Senior Lecturer in Law and co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies at the University of Exeter. His research interests centre on the impact of policy-making on the trajectory of labour and non-discrimination law, especially at the European level. A core strand of his research looks at the ways in which courts can step in the shoes of the legislator through their decision-making capacity in these areas. Moreover, his research also explores how non-discrimination law, coupled with the notions of equality, fairness and social justice, manifest themselves in the legal profession, and how they can influence the power relations between the various actors in the legal field. His published outputs discuss the foregoing by drawing on socio-legal and interdisciplinary perspectives. In spring 2022, he was a visiting fellow at PluriCourts, the Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo.

Konstantinos's research has been published in a number of leading generalist and specialist journals, such as the Modern Law Review, Social & Legal Studies, European Law Open and European Journal of Risk Regulation. His first monograph, provisionally titled 'The Judicial Making of Labour Law', is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines the conceptualisation of European labour law by the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

Currently, Konstantinos is involved in 2 externally-funded projects as Co-Investigator. The first, funded by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, sets out to explore the causes behind ethnicity attainment gaps in professional legal services qualifications. The second project, funded by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, focuses on investigating the links between UK agriculture and care visas and vulnerability to exploitation.

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Research interests

  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Labour Law
  • Equality & Non-Discrimination Law
  • EU Law & Policy
  • Judicial Decision-making
  • Social Policy-making


Konstantinos holds a PhD in Law (awarded unconditionally) from the University of Bristol, fully-funded by a departmental scholarship. Whilst at Bristol he taught on the Criminal and EU Law modules. In addition to his PhD, he holds an MSc in European and Comparative Social Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE), an LLM in European and Comparative Law from the Catholic University of Portugal, where he was a Millennium BCP Scholar, and an LLB from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) at the University of Exeter, and he is a Fellow of AdvanceHE.

Prior to joining Exeter, Konstantinos held lectureships at Brunel University London and the University of Lincoln. Konstantinos is qualified as attorney-at-law in Greece, being a non-practising member of the Athens Bar. In the past, he has worked at Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and at the Institute of Economic Policy and Public Governance of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

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