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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Eleni Frantziou

Assistant Professor in Public Law & Human Rights in the Durham Law School

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Dr Eleni Frantziou joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in 2018, having previously been a Lecturer at the University of Westminster and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Eleni holds an LLB from King’s College London, an LLM from the College of Europe (Bruges), and a PhD from UCL. In 2015, she was an Exchange Scholar at Yale University. At Durham, Eleni co-directs the Human Rights Centre and teaches in the fields of public law and human rights on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. She has recently developed and convenes the LLM module 'Horizontal Human Rights'.

Eleni’s research primarily focuses on the application of human rights to private parties ('horizontal effect'), with an emphasis on questions of equality and political inclusion. She is the author of The Horizontal Effect of Fundamental Rights in the European Union: A Constitutional Analysis (OUP 2019), which argues in favour of the development of an overarching test for the application of fundamental rights to private relations in the European Union based on the concept of political equality. Eleni’s broader research interests include the constitutional entrenchment of rights and discourse-oriented conceptions of law and democracy. She is particularly interested in the application and constitutional significance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and in the implications of Brexit for the protection of human rights in the United Kingdom. 

Eleni welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective doctoral students in her areas of research interest.

Research Interests

  • UK Constitutional Law, EU Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Global Constitutionalism, Cosmopolitanism, Human Rights Law, Workplace Politics, Horizontal Effect, Privacy

Research Interests

  • UK Constitutional Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • Human Rights Law
  • Workplace Politics
  • Horizontal Effect
  • Privacy

Teaching Areas

  • Advanced Issues in Human Rights
  • Advanced Issues in Public Law (LLB)
  • Horizontal Human Rights (LLM)
  • Individual and the State (LLB)


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Chapter in book

  • Frantziou, E (2020). Is Brexit a Form of Secession? In Research Handbook on Secession. Vidmar, J McGibbon, S & Raible, L Edward Elgar.

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