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Dr Eleni Frantziou

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

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Dr Eleni Frantziou joined Durham Law School in 2018, having previously been a Lecturer at the University of Westminster and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. She 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, Dr Frantziou is a member of the Human Rights Centre and teaches in the fields of public law and human rights on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. She has developed and convenes the LLM module 'Horizontal Human Rights', which is directly based on her current research.

Dr Frantziou'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) and of several peer-reviewed publications on this topic. Her research has been cited extensively, including by Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, EU institutions, and national courts.

Dr Frantziou’s broader research interests include the constitutional entrenchment of rights and discourse-oriented conceptions of law and democracy. She is also interested in the application and constitutional significance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and in the implications of its removal from UK law following Brexit. 

Dr Frantziou welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective doctoral students in her areas of expertise. She is particularly interested in doctoral projects on the horizontal effect of human rights from a comparative perspective.

Research Interests

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

Research Groups

Durham Law School

Research Interests

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


Authored book

Book review

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.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)


Teaching Areas

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