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Antonios Kouroutakis


Antonios Kouroutakis


Assistant Professor IE Law School


Global Public Law and Governance

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Dr. Antonios Kouroutakis is Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, Spain and he teaches Constitutional Law and the Regulation of New Technologies and Statrups. Dr Kouroutakis has taught a variety of law courses and conducted research at the City University of Hong Kong, the Free University of Berlin, FVG Sao Paolo, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Dr Kouroutakis received a DPhil in Law from University of Oxford and an LLM from UCLA School of Law. Dr. Kouroutakis’ research interests lie mainly in the field of constitutional engineering, public law and regulation.

In particular, Dr. Kouroutakis is interested in the concept of separation of powers, rule of law, emergency legislation, and the regulation of new technologies; he has published widely on these topics in international and peer reviewed journals, and his work has been cited in numerous reports.

His widely reviewed book on the ‘Constitutional Value of Sunset Clauses’ (Routledge 2016) has been quoted at the House of Commons (UK) during the debates about the inclusion of a sunset clause in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill.

Dr. Kouroutakis work has appeared at Public Law Review, Statute Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, Journal of High Technology Law and the Cambridge International Law Journal. Recent publications include  ‘Anti Democratic Political Parties; Models of Reaction and the Strategic Democracy’ (2018), ‘The Role of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court in the Constitution Making Process’ (2019) and ‘Doctrinal Challenges for the Legality of Smart Contracts: Lex Cryptographia or a new, ‘smart’ way to contract?’ (2019).

Furthermore, Dr. Kouroutakis’s comment and quotes has appeared at the international press at The Washington Post and ISTOE.



Academic Background: 

  • PhD in Public Law (DPhil), University of Oxford (UK)
  • Master in Law (LLM), UCLA (USA)
  • Degree in Law, Democritus University of Thrace (Greece)


Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor in Law, IE Law School, Madrid (Spain) 2017 – present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, (Greece) January 2016-December 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Free University of Berlin, (Germany) June 2015-November 2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, City University of Hong Kong, (China) August 2014-May 2015




The Constitutional Value of Sunset Clauses”, Routledge (2017)


– Bar-Siman-Tov, Ittai, The Lives and Times of Temporary Legislation and Sunset Clauses (2018) 66 American Journal of Comparative Law, 453–457

– Daniel Greenberg, The Constitutional Value of Sunset Clauses, Statute Law Review, hmy012

– Alan Greene, Review of Antonios Kouroutakis’s ‘The Constitutional Value of Sunset Clauses’, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, July 11, 2017



The Henry VIII powers in the EU Withdrawal Act: Justification and Political and Legal Safeguards (2021) The Theory and Practice of Legislation (forthcoming)

Autonomous Vehicles; Regulatory Challenges and the Response From UK and Germany (2020) 46 Mitchell Hamline Law Review (forthcoming)

EU Action Plan Against Disinformation: Public Authorities, Platforms and the People (2020) 53 The International Lawyer 277

The virtues of Sunset Clauses on Constitutional Authority (2020) 41 Statute Law Review 16

Doctrinal Challenges for the Legality of Smart Contracts: Lex Cryptographia or a new, ‘smart’ way to contract? (2019) 19 Journal of High Technology Law 300 (in collaboration with Sai Agnikhotram)

The Role of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court in the Constitution Making Process: the Case of Nepal (2019) 55 Stanford Journal of International Law 69 (in collaboration with Prof Guobin Zhu)

Anti Democratic Political Parties; Models of Reaction and the Strategic Democracy (2018) 29 Public Law Review 310

“The Hong Kong Model of Subnational Constitutionalism: an Alternative Paradigm” (2017) Hong Kong Law Journal 221 (in collaboration with Prof Guobin Zhu)

“The prevailing culture over immigration: Centralised Immigration and Policies between Attrition and Accommodation” (2017) 13 Seton Hall Circuit Review 5

Islamic Terrorism: The Legal Impact on the Freedom of Religion in the United States and Europe” (2016) 34 Boston University International Law Journal 113

“Snoozing Democracy: The De-juridification of Emergencies” (2016) 25 Minnesota Journal of International Law 29 (in collaboration with Dr Sofia Ranchordas)

The Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia: Process, Architecture and Perspectives” (2014) 4 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 1195

“Judges and policy making authority in the United States and the European Union” (2014) 8 Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law 186

“Temporary laws in times of crisis and their impact on the separation of powers” (2014) 9 Administrative Law Journal 308 (in Greek)

“Why abolish the death penalty? Arguments from Madisonian Thought” (2012) 29 Amicus ALJ 43

“Tailoring of Constitutional Rights, Deference to the Administration on Immigration Policy” (2011) 1 Dublin Law Review Quarterly 7

“Separation of Powers and the War on Terror; An analysis of the Role of its Institution” (2010) 42  Bracton Law Journal 20


Case notes

The Greek Appeal Council’s Decision on the Italian extradition request for five students, (2016) New Journal of European Criminal Law 251

Supremacy of EU Law and the New Constitutional Principles of the British Law in response to the case R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport (2016) To Syntagma 571 (In Greek)

Closed material procedure; Bank Mellat v Her Majesty’s Treasury (No 1) (2014) 4 Civil Procedure Review 545 (in Greek)

Comment on the European Court of Human Right’s Judgment in S.A.S. v. France, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, July 11, 2014, available at: I·CONnect

Chris Van Hollen, Jr v Federal Election Commission (2013) 2 UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 321


Book Reviews

Review of Frank Fagan & Saul Levmore’s “The Timing of Lawmaking”, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Oct. 19, 2017, at: I·CONnect

Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia, (2016) 24 Asia Pacific Law Review 233


Law Blogs

COVID-19, the Media and Political Self-entrenchment IACL-AIDC Blog (30 July 2020)

How liberal is a democracy without a level playing field in the political process?, U.K. Const. L. Blog (21st May 2020) (available at UK CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ASSOCIATION)

Inaction as a State Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak IACL-AIDC Blog (24 March 2020)

The Disenfranchisement of EU Citizens: A Constitutional Cacophony Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Dec. 11, 2019

The Henry VIII powers in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Political and Legal Safeguards UK Human Rights Blog, February 7, 2018

After Brexit: The transposition of EU law into national law and the key role of sunset clauses Oxford Business Law Blog, July 7, 2017

Legal uncertainty surrounding the approval of the Brexit Agreement Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, June 28, 2017

The Emergency Constitution of Greece: Ideal on Paper, Ineffective in Reality Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Mar. 30, 2016

“Snoozing Democracy: The De-juridification of Emergencies MJIL Blog, Oct 20, 2015

Data Protection in Greece: The Balance Between Freedom of Press and the Right to Privacy Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Dec. 10, 2013

Note on the Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia Int’l. J. Const. L. Blog, Sept. 17, 2013


Book chapters

Separation of Powers and Executive Clemency in the Civil Law World: A Comparative Study in Daniel Pascoe and Andrew Novak Executive Clemency, Routledge 2020 (in collaboration with S. Arias)

Disruptive Innovation and Sunset Clauses: The Case of Uber and Other on Demand Transportation Networks in Sofia Ranchordas and Yaniv Roznai, eds Time, Law and Change: An Interdisciplinary Study, Hart, 2020

The Constitution of Somalia in Constitutions and Fundamental Laws of Arab States, Pedone 2020

Courts in the Constitution making process: Paradoxes and Justifications in Martin Belov, Courts, Politics and Constitutional Law (Routledge 2019)

The exceptional economic situation in Greece. Juridical deficits, missed opportunities and political improvisation in M Lemke, Exceptional Circumstances: Theory of History – Applications – Perspectives, (Springer 2017) in German (in collaboration with Dr Glarou)