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Dr Dimitris Xenos

Lecturer in Law


Dr Dimitris Xenos

Tel:  01473 338483


Twitter:  @dimitris_xenos; @IPRsLaw

Dimitris Xenos is a law academic and a Fellow of the European Public Law Organisation. He has acted as a legal consultant for various law offices and private and public bodies. His research interests lie in public and private laws, particularly areas of human rights law, substantive economic law, such as intellectual and industrial property, and the interface of those areas with constitutional law, democratic governance, economic development and social justice. He has also expertise in media law and freedom of speech-related subjects that builds on his background in media and audio-visual arts.

He published his first monograph, The Positive Obligations of the State under the European Convention of Human Rights (Routledge) in 2012, a study that deals with human rights violations by non-state actors and the indirect responsibility of public authorities for harm caused to individuals whom they have a positive duty to protect (e.g. a civil law duty of care influenced by public law). In addition, it has covered the protection of human rights of vulnerable individuals. His work was cited by Judge Cançado Trindade in the case of Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan) of the International Court of Justice.

His scholarship on the European patent system and relevant institutional developments has been used by industrial confederations and MPs/MEPs, including by the president of the Italian Confederation of SMEs (CONFIMI) in his opinion letter to the Ministry of Economic Development regarding the European Unitary Patent system. 

Dr Xenos has regularly provided expert evidence to public consultations of institutional bodies, such as the Law Commission, the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the European Ombudsman. He has given papers by invitation at conferences and seminars organised by Schools of Law and Economics in Berlin, Rome, Athens and Budapest. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica Italiana and of the Centre for Freedom of the Media. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and book review editor of the European Review of Public Law.

He read Law at the University of Sheffield Hallam and completed a DPhil in Law at the University of Durham (University College).



The Positive Obligations of the State under the European Convention of Human Rights (Routledge, 2012)


Unconstitutional Supranational Arrangements for Patent Law: Leaving out the Elected Legislators and the People’s Participatory Rights’ (2019) Information & Communications Technology Law (published online on 25 March)

‘The Protection against Crime as a Human Right: Positive Obligations of the Police’ in Prof Ralf Alleweldt (ed.), International Human Rights Law and the Police (Springer-Verlag, 2018)

The Guardian’s Publications of Snowden Files: Assessing the Standards of Freedom of Speech in the Context of State Secrets and Mass Surveillance’ (2016) 25 Information & Communications Technology Law 201–228

Language Discrimination in the European Union' (2014) 3 Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica Italiana 44-59

The European Unified Patent Court: Assessment and Implications of the Federalisation of the Patent System in Europe' (2013) 10(2) SCRIPTed - Journal of Law, Technology & Society 246-277

The Issue of Safety of Media Professionals and Human Rights Defenders in the Jurisprudence of the UN Human Rights Committee’ (2012) 11(4) Chinese Journal of International Law 767-783

Limiting the IPRs of Pharmaceutical Companies through EU Competition Law’ (2011) 8(1) SCRIPTed – Journal of Law, Technology & Society 93–98

The Human Rights of the Vulnerable’ (2009) 13(4) International Journal of Human Rights 591–614

Asserting the Right to Life (Article 2, ECHR) in the Context of Industry’ (2007) 8(3) German Law Journal 231–254

Working documents:

'Unitary Patent and the Pending Spanish Cases (C‑ 146/13; C-147/13): An Open Letter to the Judges of the European Union' (2015), 17 pages

Safety and Protection of Journalists – Mapping the UN and Regional Human Rights Treaties and Systems’ (2011), published online by the Centre for Freedom of the Media and the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (City University).

Contributions to Public Consultations

- Written evidence to the EU Commission's public consultation on the review of the SME definition (Ref. Ares(2018)2751002 – 28/05/2018) (under file name ‘University of Suffolk’) (6 May 2018)

-Written evidence to the European Ombudsman’s Public Consultation on the Transparency of the Council legislative process (31 December 2017)

-Written evidence to the Law Commission’s public consultation on the ‘Protection of Official Data’ (ie. for a new Espionage Act) (3 May 2017)

-Written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Government’s proposed derogation from the ECHR (31 March 2017)

-Written evidence to the Greek Ministry of Justice regarding the Unified Patent Court (1 March 2017)

-Written evidence to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation on the EU Commission’s expert groups (30 August 2014)

-Written evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee (Intellectual Property Bill), (29 January 2014)

-Written evidence to the public consultation on the Rules of Procedure (15th draft) of the European Unified Patent Court (30 September 2013)