Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis
LLB (Athens), LLM (Athens), DEA (Paris X-Nanterre), PhD (Paris X-Nanterre)
I joined York Law School in 2019. Prior to that, I was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield. I have also worked full and part-time as an attorney-at-law in Athens (Greece), mainly handling EU Law, European Human Rights and Administrative Law cases.
I hold an LLB from the University of Athens, where I also obtained my first postgraduate degree, an LLM in EU and International Law. I then went to Paris (France) to study legal theory at Université Paris X-Nanterre. In my DEA dissertation I explored the problems posed by the Critical Legal Studies movement’s critique of rights. Immediately afterward I was awarded a Research Scholarship to continue my doctoral studies. I subsequently obtained my PhD with distinction (summa cum laude) from Université Paris X-Nanterre. In my PhD thesis I argued that the reasonable pluralism of views about the value of prenatal human life precludes the attribution of legal personhood to the human embryo and foetus. My thesis was awarded a Paul Ricœur prize and was published in 2010.